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November California ballot initiative will limit unfair rent increases and preserve affordable housing

Law returns decision-making process on whether to enact rent control measures to local jurisdictions, communities, and local elected officials. It does not mandate or require rent control anywhere in California, but simply allows local communities to decide what’s best for them.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#21for21–The ‘Yes on 21’ campaign is proud to announce it has received the endorsement of United States Representative Jimmy Gomez (D CA, 34th District). Gomez, who previously served in the California State Assembly from 2012 to 2017, joins an august list of local, state and federal California elected officials, municipalities and individuals endorsing the November ballot initiative that will limit unfair rent increases and preserve affordable housing.

Other Prop. 21 endorsers includes: the California Democratic Party, California Congresswomen Karen Bass, Maxine Waters, and Barbara Lee, Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner of California, California State Senators María Elena Durazo and Ben Allen, Kevin de León, Los Angeles City Council Member and President pro Tempore Emeritus of the California State Senate, California State Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez (Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus), Rob Bonta, Miguel Santiago, Ash Kalra and, particularly noteworthy, Assembly Member David Chiu, author of 2019’s AB 1432, rent cap bill as well as a co-author of this year’s AB 3088, the ‘COVID-19 Tenant and Landlord Protection Act.’

Prop. 21 returns the decision-making process on whether to allow or enact rent control measures to local jurisdictions, communities, and local elected officials. It does not mandate or require rent control anywhere in California, but simply allows local communities to decide what’s best for them.

Backers of Prop. 21 also view it as a homeless prevention measure that will help keep families in their homes.

“Proposition 21 will help families struggling to pay the rent and give local government the freedom they need to prevent homelessness and preserve affordable housing,” said Congressmember Gomez.

“Congressmember Gomez joins a distinguished roster of like-minded politicians, individuals, organizations and unions like the California Nurses Association, California Federation of Teachers, SEIU California and ACLU California—in all, over three-hundred groups or individuals supporting Prop. 21,” said Susie Shannon, policy director for Yes on 21. “We are honored to have earned his endorsement on this important initiative.”

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.
  • Exempt 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.

Contacts

Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications Dir., [email protected] (323) 791-5526 cell

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