This fall, affordable housing and renter protection measures moved forward throughout the Bay Area. In Oakland, EBASE and our Protect Oakland Renters Coalition partners helped pass Measure JJ with 74% of the vote to strengthen rent control, expand eviction protections, and make the rent board more accountable to the community.
In Concord, EBASE and our Raise the Roof Coalition partners pushed an entrenched City Council to inch forward on a rent moratorium proposal that would cap increases at 3% for 45 days with the possibility of extension to two years. The proposal made it out of committee and will come before the full city council in December 2016 or early 2017.
Whether it’s Oakland or Concord or some of the other cities around the Bay that passed measures to protect renters, it’s clear that our community is demanding that elected leaders respond to the housing crisis. And we are succeeding.
So many people have come out to educate voters and residents: knocking on doors, phone banking, speaking in congregations, attending rallies and vigils, and testifying at City Council meetings.
Only by using the collective power of our coalitions have we been able to take a step forward to address the crisis that is plaguing low-wage workers and communities of color who are being rapidly displaced from our urban centers.
EBASE’s work to raise wages has greater impact when people have an affordable place to live. We will continue to shift our economy to place greater value on human beings with basic needs that ALL deserve to be met, including good jobs, affordable homes, and healthy communities.
“Protect Oakland Renters” is a coalition including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), the California Nurses Association, Causa Justa::Just Cause, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, Oakland Tenants Union (OTU), PolicyLink, and SEIU 1021.
“Raise the Roof” is coalition including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, California Nurses Association, the Contra Costa Labor Council, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, East Bay Housing Organizations, The Ensuring Opportunity Campaign, The Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, Monument Impact, Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition, SEIU-USWW, Tenants Together, UFCW International, and UNITE-HERE 2850.