Fair and affordable housing needed in Santa Rosa
Election Day June 6 is a crucial day – for renters in Santa Rosa, and for activists who care about fair and affordable housing. The weeks leading up to June 6 are a perfect opportunity for us to make an important difference that will affect the lives of many people in our neighborhoods.
Measure C, Santa Rosa’s Fair and Affordable Housing ordinance, comes before city voters on June 6. The measure is supported by labor unions, social justice organizations, Democratic Party organizations, and by the Coalition for Grassroots Progress.
Look here for information on the ordinance and how you can get involved.
Julie Combs, Santa Rosa City Council Member, says “The City of Santa Rosa is facing a housing crisis of historic proportions, with local renters seeing some of the highest rent increases in the country. Renters from students to seniors are giving larger and larger fractions of their income to landlords – forced to choose between paying rent or buying decent food or prescription medication.” Julie goes on to say that 28% of Santa Rosa’s renters are paying more than 50% of their income for rent, which has serious consequences for the health and well-being of themselves and their children.
Jim Mastin, CGP Co-Chair and supporter of Measure C, says “I was born and raised in Santa Rosa. My wife and I were fortunate enough a few years back to be able to purchase a small rental property in the historic Cherry Street neighborhood. We kept the rent reasonable and have had wonderful tenants. We made the conscious decision to only raise the rent when necessary and never above 3%.”
The measure is opposed by the California Apartment Association, which has poured more than $400,000 into defeating the measure. This is where you come in.
Many of us are still reeling from the aftermath of the disastrous presidential election. Working to get Measure C passed is an important way we can be effective in the next few months; it’s something we can do that will produce real results here at home. You don’t have to be a resident of Santa Rosa to volunteer. Sign up today and let’s make this happen!
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Thank you for your activism and your support,
Alice Chan and Anna Givens
Coalition for Grassroots Progress
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