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Vote Yes on Measure M!

The ballot measure for Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act now has its letter for the November 6 ballot: Measure M! Join us Sunday, August 12 at 215 Gharkey St. 4-6 pm for our Campaign Kickoff event!  

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Rent control provides tenants with the stability our communities need right now

Rent Control: Safe Homes for All

Rent control is the only way to provide tenants with the stability our communities need right now — not thirty years from now, after construction of massive amounts of new housing that may or may not ever be built.

In the past five years,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bay Area cost of living for everything except rent went up only 6 percent, but rents increased by 32 percent. These rising rents have displaced tens of thousands of Bay Area residents from their homes.

We know that stable communities are safer and healthier communities. Rent control is the only way to provide tenants with the stability our communities need right now — not thirty years from now, after construction of massive amounts of new housing that may or may not ever be built.

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Rent control will keep our community together

I became involved in the movement for housing justice because my rent has been going up 9% for each of the past four years. I have lived on the same property for 26 years and virtually no improvements have been made beyond the most basic safety repairs. The property is owned by an out of town landlord who inherited it from her mother; I am sure that the mortgage was paid off decades ago. However the local property managers continue to raise the rent annually because they can, because the “market value” of real estate and rentals in our town has skyrocketed. 

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Barbara’s Story

It’s more than just making it possible for people to afford these houses, but it’s also about stabilizing the larger community and also stabilizing individual families that depend on what they have been able to develop in their neighborhood over time. I really hope that we can pass rent control in the City of Santa Cruz. I’m 80 years old now and I’ve been out collecting signatures because I just feel so passionately about this.”

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Viveka’s Story

When I was 19, I became disabled from living in a moldy apartment. I didn’t complain or break my lease because I didn’t want to be branded a problem tenant. It seemed impossible to find anywhere affordable near my university. I had no idea I could fight for my rights as a tenant. So I stayed until my body completely broke down.

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We Did It!

Santa Cruz for Rent Control

We needed 5,700 to get our Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act on the ballot…. and we collected 10,791! We started this campaign because we believe that the wealth of this community lies in its low and middle income workers. With its students, its elderly and disabled folks, and its queer and brown communities. We […]

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