Two temporary-rent-freeze laws lapsed on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 after 9 months of tenant protections. The Movement for Housing Justice is compiling data to measure how the lapse of these protections is affecting renters’ lives. This data will be used to
improve city policies
to confirm the need for city-funded legal aid and a Tenant Services Office
and to provide the basis for grants to help fund those services.
Rent Freeze Ends; Community Task Force on Tenant Protections Proposed
At the council’s 7PM session, the three new councilmembers, the Vice Mayor, and the Mayor were sworn in. While the evening was focused on ceremony, the new council did vote for two actions, both of which will appear on their agenda Tuesday, January 8, 2019:
directed staff to prepare a report about convening a community task force on rent control/tenant protections
scheduled a discussion of new eviction protections to replace those that disappeared when the rent freeze lapsed
The MHJ coalition campaigned for Prop. 10 (return local control to rent-controlled cities) which passed in the city by over 50%. MHJ also lent support to Measure H (affordable housing), supported by 2/3 of city voters. MHJ’s “Campaign for Measure M” (rent control) suffered from a rushed campaign timeline. Despite gathering over 11,000 signatures in just under 3 months to place it on the ballot, the late beginning coupled with a million-dollar opposition spelled its demise, for now.
Newly-elected councilmembers Justin Cummings and Drew Glover supported Measure M rent control. MHJ supports a city council-led effort to foster a broad community dialogue aimed at developing rent control, tenant protections, and affordable housing policies that are amenable to the majority of Santa Cruz residents.
Movement for Housing Justice (MHJ)is a coalition of Santa Cruz groups working to organize tenants for political action on housing issues in Santa Cruz City and County. Meetings are run as a safe space for renters.Meeting schedule for 2019 will be publicized at the following links: