Alameda County voters approve regional housing bond. In 2016, voters in Alameda County approved Measure A1, an affordable housing bond, which will create and protect affordable housing options for vulnerable residents, including seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. The measure has already allocated $79 million in commitments from fees on property owners amounting to $12 to $14 per $100,000 of assessed value, contributing toward the development of nearly 1,000 new affordable units. Learn more.
“ I cannot take one day off or afford to be sick because now I pay more money for rent. $1,425 was what I used to pay — now its $1,950.”
Betty Gabaldon had lived in her Concord apartment with her daughter for eight years and was actively organizing her building to form a tenants association (with help from EBASE and Tenants Together) when her new landlord issued her a 60-day eviction notice for no cause. She searched for a new home in Concord, where she works in two retail jobs, but could not find anything affordable. She was able to find a place in Walnut Creek, but the higher rent forces her to make tradeoffs between rent and other household needs. Betty continues to advocate for policies that protect tenants and their right to organize.
Photo: Felix Uribe