Indivisible SF Endorses Ballot Initiatives to Address the Homelessness Crisis and Lack of Affordable Housing
Indivisible SF has endorsed two critically important initiatives on the November ballot.
YES on Proposition C: Our City, Our Home
Proposition C: Our City, Our Home provides additional funds for San Francisco to provide transitional and permanent housing, mental health and addiction services, and legal support for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. These will be paid for by a tax of about ½% on gross receipts over $50M a year. This tax would affect only the very largest businesses in the city, but would raise up to $300M a year.
Proposition C will have a substantial impact on the homelessness crisis. It will:
Prevent homelessness for 7,000 households
End chronic homelessness for 2,800 people
End family homelessness for 1,000 households
End youth homelessness for 800 people
Eliminate the shelter waitlist for single adults
Address severe mental health illnesses and substance use disorders
Over 20,000 San Franciscans experience homelessness each year. 1,000 people are on the waiting list for shelter beds every night and another 7,000 are waiting for housing. One of every 25 children in SF public schools are homeless at some time in their lives.
YES on Proposition 10: The Affordable Housing Act
Proposition 10: The Affordable Housing Act allows, but does not require, local jurisdictions to govern a landlord’s right to establish and increase rent, as long as no local ordinance or charter provision curtails a landlord’s right to earn a fair rate of return. Local ordinances would also be allowed to limit rent increases when a new tenant moves into a unit.
California home values and rents are the highest in the country and they continue to climb, while poverty levels reach an all-time high. An overwhelming majority of newly homeless people in San Francisco were previously housed San Franciscans who lost their homes due to rising rents. Increasing the available stock of rent controlled housing will help prevent very low income renters falling into homelessness. Truly affordable housing would help mitigate the homelessness crisis.