We can’t afford to make housing even more EXPENSIVE

California has a housing affordability and shortage crisis.

Providing funding for school facilities by using the California surplus state funds will help reduce the cost of building new homes and simultaneously modernizing old schools in existing communities.

CARE is committed to expanding housing of all kinds for all Californians and building strong, safe communities with good schools.

We believe California’s students deserve schools that meet basic health and safety standards now more than ever. Over the next 3 years, California schools currently face $10 billion in unfunded projects in critical repairs to schools and requests for new facilities where communities are growing. Outdated schools place students in unsafe and unhealthy learning environments. By investing $10 billion from the state’s largest budget surplus ever – without raising taxes – toward addressing delayed and new school construction, California leaders will prioritize the safety and health of students and communities across our state. We can avoid the next California crisis. It’s time to fix our schools and build new schools in growing communities.

The FACTS about California’s housing crisis

LOWEST overall homeownership rates since the 1940s

17% of homeowners pay OVER HALF their household INCOME toward their mortgage and other shelter costs

34% INCREASE in California’s median home price from April 2020 to April 2021

California’s median home price is now more than $800,000

See how high median home prices in California skyrocketed over the last year

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UNAFFORDABLE housing hurts all of us

When the cost of housing skyrockets, people move further away from their jobs to find an affordable place to live, increasing traffic and commute times for everyone. 

Seniors and those on fixed incomes suffer the most from unaffordable housing, forcing them to make the difficult decision of searching for less expensive housing or cutting back on essentials like food, healthcare, air conditioning or heat.  

As high housing costs continue to climb, it becomes even more difficult for renters to save money to purchase a home of their own, crushing the dream of homeownership. 

Higher housing costs hit African American, Asian American, and Latino communities especially hard, further hurting the families impacted most by the COVID-19 recession. 

Unaffordable housing punishes the working poor and denies them housing in safe neighborhoods with good schools. 

Skyrocketing housing costs and reduced supply make our homeless crisis worse. 

Many businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain employees due to the high cost of housing.

It’s time to fix California’s housing affordability crisis

Oppose Senate Bill 727

General contractors – from homebuilders to remodelers and landscapers – all pay subcontractors assuming they will pay their own employees. If subcontractors fail to pay their workers, state law requires general contractors to pay the subcontractors’ employees twice.

Now, SB 727 will force every general contractor, including tens of thousands of small and minority-owned businesses, to pay yet again through penalties and damages worth 15 times the actual cost – failing to hold bad actors who don’t pay their own employees responsible.

Limit VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) fees

Limit fees to Transportation Priority Areas where multiple commuting options are available and stop adding more fees to housing.   

Join the coalition

At a time when millions of Californians are unemployed, inflation is skyrocketing and the cost of living continues to rise, the last thing we need is to make housing even more expensive. 

Will you join us?