Had enough of the housing crisis? Vote Yes on Props 1, 2, and 10

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sign saying "affordable housing now"I work on affordable housing issues with the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. But you don’t have to work on housing issues professionally to be concerned about the state’s affordable housing crisis, especially what it means for veterans, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities who don’t have a stable roof over their heads.

What you may not know is that our lack of affordable homes also causes many traffic and transportation problems, and threatens our state’s ability to meaningfully address climate change. Unaffordable housing prices and displacement are pushing Californians farther from job centers, lengthening commutes for millions. Luckily, there is something we can all do this November — say YES to Props 1, 2 and 10!

Prop 1 will build and provide affordable housing for veterans, working families, people with disabilities and seniors. Prop 2 will help people suffering from a serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. Prop 10 will allow our communities to provide more housing stability by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, protect families, and make California more affordable for us all. Collectively, Props 1, 2 and 10 will:

  • Dedicate funding to help military veterans and hardworking families and their children have a safe place to call home.
  • Provide stable housing for struggling families, people experiencing homelessness and individuals with disabilities and mental illness.
  • Allow communities that are struggling with skyrocketing rents to take steps to ensure there is more affordable housing and stability for families who are struggling to get by.
  • Remove thousands of cars from our roads by helping families stay in their existing neighborhoods, and investing in the construction of thousands of new homes near transit affordable to families who are most likely to use public transportation.

When we build communities with housing options affordable to people of lower income levels, we all benefit through less congested roads, better air quality, and better health outcomes for children and adults alike. When people can afford to stay in their homes and neighborhoods, the social fabric of our communities is stronger — that benefits everyone.

Props 1, 2, and 10 provide holistic solutions, granting local governments resources and tools to build more affordable homes, address the root causes of homelessness, and protect existing residents from eviction and displacement.

We all need to work together in these final months before Election Day to pass Props 1, 2, and 10 to help veterans, hardworking families and other Californians hit hard by the housing and homelessness crises and to keep California moving,

For more information on Props 1 and 2, please visit www.vetsandaffordablehousingact.org. More information on Prop 10 can be found at www.voteyesonprop10.org.

See TransForm’s complete voter guide for the November 2018 election.

Pedro Galvao is the Regional Planning and Policy Manager for the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California. He’s also been a TransForm board member since October 2017.

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