No matter who you are or where you come from, success in life starts at home. When we all have safe and secure places to live, parents earn more, kids learn better, health and well-being improve, our communities are strengthened, and our region has the building blocks to thrive. But right now, wealthy and powerful real estate developers and corporate landlords control the housing market in California and pour millions into each election to swing votes in their favor. They use predatory strategies to drive up their profits when ordinary working Californians can’t even afford our rent or our mortgages. This especially affects people of color, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Richmond’s rents are rising, and people need rent control to stay in their homes. This measure limits landlords to raising rents by no more than 3%. Corporate interests have prevented Richmond from protecting renters in years past, and this effort will bring long-overdue relief to the working-class people of color who make the RichCity great. Vote yes on Measure P.