Proposition 21 Endorsed by Leaders, Organizations from Central Valley

ahfweb Press Release

LOS ANGELES (August 13, 2020) Housing justice advocates, champions of the Proposition 21 and key leaders and organizations including, Civil and Labor Rights icon Dolores Huerta, Farmersville Mayor Greg Gomez, Farmersville City Councilman Ruben Macareno, Madera City Councilman Santos Garcia, and Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA), will host a VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE to call for urgent and bold action to stem California’s persistent housing affordability crisis. The coalition from California’s Central Valley will officially endorse Prop 21, the November 2020 state ballot initiative that will limit rent increase and preserve affordable housing in California.

WHAT: VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE: Central Valley leaders will call for bold and urgent action to end ongoing housing affordability crisis; encourage support for November statewide rent control ballot measure.

WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2020; 11:00 am           

WHERE: Zoom Link

WHO:

  • René Christian Moya, campaign director, YesON21 campaign
  • Dolores Huerta, civil and labor rights icon
  • Greg Gomez, Farmersville Mayor
  • Santos Garcia, Madera City Councilman
  • Ruben Macareno, Farmersville City Councilman
  • Mari Perez, Central Valley Empowerment Alliance

“I am proud to support Prop 21 and the fight to keep families, veterans, and seniors in their homes,” said Dolores Huerta. “Every Californian deserves fair, stable, and affordable housing. Let’s show up this November to Vote Yes on Prop 21.”

“To solve California’s persistent affordable housing crisis, we must enact policies that work, said Farmersville Mayor Greg Gomez. “Prop 21 will give local governments the power to implement tenant-friendly protections that limit annual rent increases, prevent displacement, and make living in California affordable for all of us.

“California’s ongoing housing affordability crisis has created a cycle of poverty and chronic homelessness that requires higher property taxes to pay for additional services for the unhoused” said Santos Garcia, Madera City Councilman. “Prop 21 will keep your neighbors housed and stem CA’s homeless crisis.

“Prop 21 gives local communities the tools needed to respond to the state’s ongoing housing affordability and homeless crises, said Ruben Macareno, Farmersville City Councilman “It is high time that we aggressively pursue proven solutions that will keep families all over California in their homes and off the streets.”

“Prop 21 is needed more than ever to keep CA families in their homes, especially as millions of Californians face even further housing insecurity due to the economic impact of COVID-19, said Mari Perez executive director for Central Valley Empowerment Alliance.

“We are honored to have to support from prominent leaders in the Central Valley who understand the need for urgent action to end California’s housing affordability crisis that is causing chronic homelessness throughout the state,” said René Christian Moya, Director of the Rental Affordability Act campaign.

Proposition 21

When passed, Proposition 21 will remove current state law restrictions, giving cities and counties the power to implement and expand rent control policies that limit how much rents can increase each year. It would allow local communities to:

  • Expand rent control to more buildings while exempting newly constructed buildings.
  • Exempts Single-Family homeowners who own up to two homes.
  • Allow limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in.

Housing Is A Human Right (HHR) is the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of Proposition 21.

Proposition 21 is sponsored by Homeowners & Tenants United, with significant funding by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. To learn more, visit yeson21ca.org and housinghumanright.org.

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