Reminder: Today, 11:00 a.m. San Diego Rally & Press Conference Announcing 1 Million Signatures for Statewide Rental Affordability Ballot Initiative

LOS ANGELES--()--Housing Is A Human Right:

WHO: The Rental Affordability Act Campaign, Housing Is A Human Right, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Democratic Socialists of America, San Diego Residents

WHAT: Trio of press conferences in L.A., San Diego, and San Francisco announcing 1 million signature submission of Rental Affordability Act for 2020 CA ballot

WHY: The rent is still too damn high!

WHEN: TODAY, December 5th, 2019, 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. MUSIC starts at 10:45 a.m.

LOCATION: Civic Center Plaza, DOWN BY THE FOUNTAIN, Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


MC: Susan Hunter (Housing Is A Human Right)

Catherine Mendonca, San Diego Tenants United

Maria Reyes, Chula Vista renter

Joshua Smith, Democratic Socialists of America

Arturo Castro, CA Tenant


Amidst Explosion of Homelessness, Rental Affordability Headed for 2020 Ballot

1 Million Signatures To Be Submitted in California

Statewide Press Conferences Dec. 5th in L.A., S.F. and San Diego

Advocates to announce submission of nearly one-million voter signatures to County Registrars in all 58 California counties in support of ballot initiative that will allow for expansion of rent control in California

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, a coalition of California renters advocates, elected officials, and social justice organizations will host a trio of press conferences and rallies across the state, at various times and locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, to announce and celebrate the submission of nearly one million signatures, far more than enough needed to qualify the Rental Affordability Act for placement on statewide ballots for November 2020. The initiative will allow for the expansion of rent control in California. Signatures of 623,212 California voters are needed to qualify the measure.

Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of the RAA, is also very excited to announce the endorsement of the Rental Affordability Act by a suite of California’s most well regarded tenant advocacy and social justice organizations, including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), the Eviction Defense Network (EDN), and the Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles (DSA-LA).

When passed, The Rental Affordability Act will remove current restrictions in state law, giving cities and counties the power to implement and expand rent control policies that limit how much rents can increase each year. It would allow local communities to:

- Expand rent control to more buildings while exempting newly constructed buildings.

- Exempts Single-Family homeowners who own up to two homes.

- Allow limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in.

Housing Is A Human Right Campaign Director, René Christian Moya said that, “While the national real estate industry is gearing up to spend untold millions against the Rental Affordability Act in California next year, our campaign is rallying a broad, grassroots coalition of working class renters and their advocates. We look forward to the fight ahead, and to passing the Rental Affordability Act next year.”

Michael Weinstein, Cofounder and President of AHF, the organization sponsoring the initiative, said, “75% of Californians hold a positive to very positive view of rent control. The housing affordability and homelessness crises are the most pressing social justice and public health emergencies in our time, especially in Southern California. We must take action to stop it now. To that end, we intend to bring the issue directly to California voters next November.”

The Rental Affordability Act is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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For press inquiries, contact:

Joshua Smith
Communications Director, Rental Affordability Act Campaign
(917) 231-5841

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For press inquiries, contact:

Joshua Smith
Communications Director, Rental Affordability Act Campaign
(917) 231-5841