We can’t afford to make housing even more EXPENSIVE

Urgent: AB 1279, AB 1395 and AB 2133 threaten to increase housing costs by $50,000.

California legislators are considering three bills that threaten to dramatically raise the cost of housing and utilities for both renters and homeowners. If passed, AB 1279, AB 1395 and AB 2133 will increase the cost of homes by $50,000, effective January 1, 2023. This increase will push 600,000 Californians out of homeownership, further contributing to our housing crisis. With inflation and the rising cost of living, now is the worst possible time for even higher housing and utility costs.

We urge legislators to vote NO on AB 1279, AB 1395 and AB 2133.

The FACTS about California’s housing crisis

Only 17% of Black and Latino households could afford to buy a median-priced home last year

46% of Californians say housing costs would make them consider moving out of the state

Every $1,000 increase in cost pushes 12,411 California families out of homeownership

California’s median home price is now more than $898,000

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?