In December 2020, San Francisco approved a policy that will cap rents for supportive housing tenants at 30 percent of their income. Pushed forward by tenant organizers and disability rights activists, these new protections will cover residents in nearly 8,000 supportive housing units. As these residents are more likely to be low-income and rent-burdened, rent caps provide a crucial tool to prevent homelessness and displacement. Learn more.
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“ For me, as a mom, it was very positive my children didn’t have to move constantly.”
Rent control has allowed Evangelina Lara and her family to live in the same apartment in Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood for 20 years. Recently, a large corporation bought the building and sought to evict all the tenants by illegally raising the rent and then flipping their units. Using protections under the rent control law, with support from Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Evangelina and her neighbors successfully fought the rent increases and were able to maintain their affordable rents and stay in the city.
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