Affordable Housing Measures

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Because the affordable housing crisis in Santa Cruz affects many of our SEIU 521 brothers and sisters, the members of our union have voted democratically to endorse a number of initiatives on this November’s ballot.

You can learn more about each below, and stay up to date on the latest news here.

YesOn1_logoCalifornia Proposition 1: Housing Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond

The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act will help build affordable homes for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and others struggling to find a safe place to call home.

Proposition 1 will first and foremost build and preserve affordable homes, including supportive housing, for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and others struggling to find a safe place to call home.

This is also an opportunity to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California’s economy. The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act tackles top priorities for Californians – building homes, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

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YesOn2_logoCalifornia Proposition 2, Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds Measure

More than 134,000 people are languishing on our streets, huddled on sidewalks, sleeping under freeways and along riverbanks. As many as a third of the people living in these unsafe conditions are living with an untreated mental illness. Decades of research shows providing people with a stable place to live along with mental health services promotes healthy, stable lives.

Proposition 2 would leverage existing state funds to build supportive housing connected to mental health services and addiction treatment for people living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.

It would also provide intensive coordinated care through the housing program that includes mental health and addiction services, medical treatment, case managers, education and job training.

Additionally, passing Proposition 2 would strengthen partnerships among doctors, law enforcement, mental health and homeless services providers to ensure care provided through the housing program is coordinated and tailored to individual needs.

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yes-on-10-logo-blue-letters-logoCalifornia Proposition 10, Local Rent Control Initiative

Proposition 10 repeals California’s one-size-fits-all disastrous Costa-Hawkins rent control policy and restores the right of local communities to adopt new rent control policies that protect families from skyrocketing rents.

Proposition 10 would reduce homelessness by stabilizing rents for families and keeping them in their homes, fight displacement by protecting families threatened with skyrocketing rents, lower rents for incoming tenants of recently vacated apartments, and curb corporate greed by protecting families from Wall Street landlords’ predatory rent gouging.

It would do all of this while also encouraging new construction by keeping longtime residents in their homes while channeling new residents into new housing, and also guaranteeing landlords their right to a fair return on their property.

Voting yes on Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, thus allowing local governments to adopt rent control ordinances—regulations that govern how much landlords can charge tenants for renting apartments and houses. Proposition 10 would also state that a local government’s rent control ordinance shall not abridge a fair rate of return for landlords

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SantaCruzCo_TBWB_Logo_2aMeasure H: Santa Cruz County Housing Bonds

The affordable housing crisis directly affects all of us in Santa Cruz County. It’s driving out many longtime local residents and preventing many young families from owning a home.

Hardworking local teachers, service workers, farmworkers – and those who are working two jobs to make ends meet – are falling farther and farther behind. The local housing market continues to outpace any increase in income for too many of our neighbors. We all know someone impacted: friends, family, co‐workers, neighbors – or ourselves.

Measure H will provide funds directly to local communities – Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola, Scotts Valley and the unincorporated County – to create more affordable housing opportunities. 

Measure H will provide down payment assistance for local first‐time homebuyers, make affordable housing with supportive services available to our most vulnerable community members, and help agricultural and other employers who have problems hiring due to a severe shortage of affordable workforce and farmworker housing

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yes on mMeasure M: Santa Cruz Rent Control Charter Amendment

Renters make up 57% of city residents. Many have lived here for decades, investing in the community and economy, and in their landlords’ properties, but are in danger of being pushed out by skyrocketing rents.

Each year since the 1990s, more working people have been forced out of their homes and our town. Kids have to leave their schools, teachers and service workers can’t afford to live here. Measure M will extend Just Cause Eviction protection to every renter in Santa Cruz and will stabilize rent for roughly 12,000 renters.

Measure M is endorsed by tenants, homeowners, community organization and landlords who have joined together to stop the displacement caused by the housing crisis. Voting yes would support amending the city charter to establish a rent board to enact rent control and eviction limitations in the city.

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