San Francisco Voters Support Progressive Housing Platform by Large Margin

10 11 2016

Despite everything that has happened politically on the national level, Tuesday’s election brought some important local wins for affordable housing.  Yesterday, the Housing Forward campaign released a statement on the successful passage of Proposition C and defeat of Propositions P and U, copied below:

Prop C wins with 76 percent; Props P & U Handily Rejected Despite Million Dollar Realtor Campaign

YesOnC_12x18_Sign_NoDislcaimerSan Francisco – Voters supported a progressive housing vision for the City yesterday, overwhelmingly passing Proposition C, the Housing Preservation Bond, and rejecting Propositions P & U, two dangerous anti-housing measures sponsored by the Realtors Association.  The latest election results continue to confirm that San Franciscans want sensible and inclusive measures that address the City’s housing crisis.

“I am grateful to San Francisco voters for approving this critical affordable housing and anti-eviction measure,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin about Proposition C, which needed a two-third majority and secured 76 percent of the vote.  “They overwhelmingly affirmed the one measure on a long and complex ballot that creates more affordable housing.”

Proposition C frees voter-approved funds from the 1992 earthquake bond and authorizes their use for other critical life and safety upgrades while preserving these buildings as permanent affordable housing.  The measure had support of a unique and diverse coalition, including the Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods, the United Educators of San Francisco, the San Francisco Building Trades, the Sierra Club, the Tenants Union and housing developers.

No_on_P_U_12x18_Sign_NoDisclaimerPropositions P and U were funded by the California and National realtors industry with a million dollar campaign, but Proposition P was rejected by 67 percent of voters and Proposition U was firmly opposed by a 65 percent margin.  Billed as affordable housing measures, they would in fact have blocked the creation of new housing and pit middle- and low-income San Franciscans against each other for the same limited supply of housing.

Proposition U was a direct attack on the City’s cutting-edge inclusionary housing policy that was just approved by voters in June. By passing Proposition C in June, by 68 percent, voters increased affordable housing requirements and created minimum levels for both low- and middle-income households.

“These results are decisive:  the resounding defeat of Propositions P and U by San Francisco voters is a clear indictment of the Realtors attempts to thwart affordable housing and further turn this city into a playground for real estate speculation,” said Peter Cohen of the Council of Community Housing Organizations.  “Voters once again showed support for inclusionary housing policy for low- and middle-income San Franciscans, and voters created a critical new funding stream that will bring new affordable units on-line.”