- Santa Rosa has seen some of the highest rent increases in the country over the past two years (Press Democrat)
- Almost half of Santa Rosa residents are renters (City of Santa Rosa)
- 47.1% of Santa Rosa residents are “overpaying households” where 30% or more of their income goes to housing costs (U.S. Census Bureau)
- The vacancy rate in Santa Rosa is just 1% (City of Santa Rosa)
- More than 4,500 households are on a wait list for Section 8 vouchers for low-income families – the average wait time is seven years (City of Santa Rosa)
Our housing crisis is real, and it’s affecting our entire community. After months of debate, study and community meetings, the Santa Rosa City Council last year approved an ordinance (click here to read the full ordinance) to protect renters from substantial rent increases and unjust evictions as part of a larger plan to address our local housing crisis. But now that ordinance is being challenged by the powerful California Apartment Association.
In the June 6th election, we have the power to keep Santa Rosa Fair & Affordable.
By voting YES, Santa Rosa’s rent control provisions will help:
- Keep our long-time residents in their homes
- Reduce crime by keeping neighborhoods intact and reducing frequent renter turnover
- Boost local schools by enabling consistent student attendance year-round
- Improve public health by avoiding stress and poor health related to repeated moving and rent stress
- Support local businesses which are patronized by longer term residents who have money to spend on goods and services, and not just for rent
It’s about basic dignity, stability and community for all of us.