Homelessness and access to affordable housing are two of our state’s biggest challenges. One in three Californians is being crushed by rising rents and housing costs. Our state has the highest numbers of veterans and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness.
Many of us here in Contra Costa have family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors who are among those unable to afford their rent. One in six residents is struggling to keep up with the cost of housing, and homelessness is on the rise in our county. Many residents are spending between 30 to 50 percent of their incomes on housing costs, forcing them to make tough choices and sacrifice food, health care, child care, and other essential needs in order to keep a roof over their family’s heads.
According to a recent report by California Housing Partnership Corporation, Contra Costa needs to build an astonishing 31,139 additional affordable rental homes to meet the current needs of local residents.
That’s why Ensuring Opportunity is supporting Propositions 1 and 2. These two statewide propositions on the November statewide ballot present two important ways we can all help build and provide stable, affordable housing for Californians struggling in the midst of the state’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis.
Proposition 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, will build and provide affordable housing for working families, veterans, people with disabilities, and seniors, helping more people to be able to afford to stay in their communities — while also reducing traffic and commute times.
Proposition 2, No Place Like Home, will help people who are homeless and dealing with serious mental illness by creating stable housing for them, and keeping mental health support services in close reach.
Ensuring Opportunity has set up a page on our website with more information about these propositions, including several of our trusted partners’ voter guides.
By voting for Propositions 1 and 2, together we can help build safe and affordable housing for Contra Costa residents who can’t afford their rent, and stop the cycle of homelessness for people suffering from serious mental illness.
Ensuring Opportunity also recommends a “yes” vote on Proposition 10, The Affordable Housing Act, which will give local communities the power to adopt local rent control measures by repealing the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Proposition 10 is a critical tool that will give our local cities the choice to provide more housing stability and protect families from displacement. See our post about why we support Proposition 10.
We believe that each of these policy solutions plays a critical role in a comprehensive strategy to address the housing and homelessness crisis that is fracturing so many of our local communities. Let’s come together on November 6 to help thousands of our family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers here in Contra Costa who are struggling to keep their housing, families and communities intact.