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.
Bay Rising Action urges voters to vote YES on Prop E. The Affordable Housing Production Act would jumpstart the development of housing projects like 100% affordable housing and teacher and educator housing, and requires more units to be made affordable in market-rate projects, including two- and three-bedroom units.
This proposition would help ensure that San Franciscans have a voice in development projects by allowing the Board of Supervisors to maintain its oversight in approving spending and public land for developers. Prop E would also require developers to hire skilled and trained construction workers and pay them a prevailing wage.
In a city of over 8,000 unhoused people, with constant development of market-rate housing, it’s critical that we bring bold solutions like Prop E to the affordable housing crisis.