On the ballot – Housing!

Below are housing-related ballot issues that are relevant to BOSS’s work of helping people overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives.

However you choose to vote on these and other ballot initiatives, please make your voice heard and exercise your hard-won right to VOTE! The final day to register is one week from today – October 22nd. For information on how to register visit the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Local Measures:

Vote Yes on O & P! (Berkeley)

Join BOSS, former Mayor Tom Bates, the unanimous Berkeley City Council, League of Women Voters, and thousands of Berkeley residents in supporting two local measures that will help protect affordable housing in Berkeley:

Measure O, the $125 million housing bond,  will be used by the City of Berkeley and its nonprofits to create and preserve affordable housing for low income households, working families, and those in need. Measure O would cost between $100-200 per home per year depending on the home, but it is worth the cost given the housing emergency East Bay cities face.

Measure P, the real estate transfer tax,  would raise between $6-8 million annually for social welfare purposes such as navigation centers, mental health support, housing services and other support to the homeless. The measure would apply to homes selling or transferring for over $1.5 million.

Measure W (Oakland) would enact a parcel tax on vacant properties and those in use less than 50 days per year, raising $10 million annually over a term of 20 years – funds would support navigation centers, rapid rehousing, small homes, and alternative housing structures.

Measure Y (Oakland) would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants from residential rental units without specified just cause grounds by expanding the law to include owner occupied duplexes and triplexes.

For more information on these and other measures visit www.votersedge.com or www.affordableberkeley.org.

State Measures:

Proposition 1: The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act

Prop 1 will create affordable housing for veterans, families with children, people experiencing homelessness, and individuals with disabilities. The measure is a $4 billion general obligation bond that will allow California to invest in housing.

Proposition 2: The No Place Like Home Act

Prop 2 will authorize $2 billion in previously appropriated funding in order to create supportive housing for people suffering from chronic homelessness, people with disabilities, and people living with mental illness.

Proposition 10: The Affordable Housing Act

Prop 10 will repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act that prohibits communities from making their own decisions with regard to rent control, and arbitrarily prohibits rent control on properties build after 1995. Prop 10 will help communities struggling with skyrocketing rents to take the steps they need and want to take to protect and support affordable housing.