Housing Is A Human Right Urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to Veto SB 9 and SB 10

Housing Is A Human Right urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto SB 9 and SB 10. The state bills push harmful trickle-down policies that fuel higher rents and gentrification, and have no requirements for affordable and homeless housing. HHR asks Californians to immediately send the governor an email and tweet by clicking on this link, demanding that he veto SB 9 and SB 10.

Housing Is A Human Right, the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and based in Los Angeles, has been a leading housing justice organization in the battle to stop SB 9 and SB 10. The bills are part of a longtime push by certain California legislators, most prominently State Senator Scott Wiener, to pass trickle-down housing policies that seek to build more luxury housing for a housing affordability crisis.

That agenda may seem illogical, but trickle-down housing has long been promoted by the real estate industry, which stands to make billions off bills such as SB 9 and SB 10.

In addition, corporate landlords, developers, and real estate lobbyists shell out millions in campaign contributions to state legislators.

Californians, however, don’t support such grabs for bigger profits. In a poll commissioned by Housing Is A Human Right, more than 70 percent of voters opposed SB 9 and SB 10.

Also, 46 percent of voters would look unfavorably at Gov. Gavin Newsom if he supports those bills.

If Newsom backs SB 9 and SB 10, he’ll be connecting himself to California YIMBY, the controversial land-use lobbying group founded by Big Tech executives. California YIMBY, a major supporter of SB 9 and SB 10, aggressively advocates for trickle-down housing policies with little regard for the negative impacts on middle- and working-class communities, and has long clashed with housing justice activists. Trickle-down housing is known to fuel gentrification and displacement, raise rents, and trigger more evictions.

Housing Is A Human Right urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject trickle-down housing solutions and instead utilize the “3 Ps”: protect tenants through rent control and other protections, preserve communities through land-use policies that keep moderate- and lower-income residents in their neighborhoods, and produce truly affordable housing for the middle and working class.

California doesn’t need more luxury housing and gentrification for its housing affordability crisis.

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