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Yes On 21: Oct. 21st L.A. Rally and Caravan Targets Gov. Newsom for Failures on Housing

·3-min read

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. @ Ronald Reagan State Office Building, DTLA

Backers of Prop. 21, housing justice and health care advocates will stage a socially distanced rally and car caravan action to protest CA Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ongoing failure on housing and homelessness

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its deadly course and epic housing affordability and homelessness crises continue to wreak havoc across California, backers of Proposition 21, housing justice and health care advocates will stage a socially distanced rally and car caravan to protest CA Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ongoing failure on housing and homelessness in the state. The action will take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of and circling the Ronald Reagan State Building in Downtown Los Angeles (300 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013).

WHAT:

HOUSING and HOMELESS RALLY & CARAVAN TARGETS Gov. NEWSOM:

To protest Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ongoing failure on housing and homelessness

WHEN:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

In front of and circling around…

Ronald Reagan State Building

300 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

WHO:

Housing & homeless advocates, Prop. 21 backers in caravan with placards and banners

From acting as a mouthpiece and puppet for the billionaire landlords behind the No on Prop 21 campaign, to his unwillingness to cancel rent for millions of out of work Californians, to his inaction on the Aliso Canyon disaster, to his total failure to address the homeless epidemic, Governor Newsom has undeniably failed the state of California on housing.

"Governor Newsom spearheaded Project Roomkey, an ambitious program to house 15,000 homeless people in the midst of California’s growing COVID-19 pandemic. It fell drastically short of its goal, with only 4,000 housed and little to no additional leadership from Newsom, short of announcing the program at the start," said René Christian Moya, campaign director for Yes on 21 and director of Housing Is A Human Right (HHR). "Newsom is also siding with the Big Real Estate billionaires and multi-millionaires funding the deceptive ‘No On 21’ campaign and, surprisingly, against his own California Democratic Party, many fellow Democratic legislators and 17 million California renters in opposing Prop. 21."

The Governor has failed to stand with renters, failed to stand with the unhoused, failed to stand with working Californians, failed to stand with Democratic Party of California (which has endorsed Prop. 21) and Democratic leaders and is instead standing with the corporate landlords who are bleeding renters dry and attempting to suppress grassroots efforts toward rent control.

According to a report compiled by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 567,715 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019 – an increase of nearly 15,000 people, or 2.7%, since 2018, according to a HUD press release. The Golden State's overall homeless population was estimated to be 151,278 people in 2019.

Proposition 21

When passed, Proposition 21 will remove current state law restrictions, 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.

  • Exempt 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 (HHR) is the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of Proposition 21.

Proposition 21 is sponsored by Homeowners & Tenants United, with significant funding by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. To learn more, visit yeson21ca.org and housinghumanright.org.

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201020006300/en/

Contacts

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Ged Kenslea, AHF communications dir., gedk@aidshealth.org (323) 791-5526 cell
René Christian Moya, campaign director for Yes on 21 (323) 620-7835 cell