Dear Friends of CCHO,
Our year-end message comes on the heels of transformative wins at November’s ballot.
Prop C, Our City Our Home, overwhelmingly passed by San Franciscans, will bring $150 million annually to the construction and acquisition of permanent supportive housing, equivalent to 600 new units per year. This victory demonstrates what can be done when community organizations work together to craft policies that include all, develop a campaign outside of partisan politics, and throw our collective political capital and organizing efforts in it to win it. It was the most inspiring grassroots effort we’ve seen in years.
California Props 1 and 2, with 75% support of San Francisco voters, will bring the first new funding for affordable housing at the state level in over a decade. While Prop 10 to repeal the antiquated Costa Hawkins Act did not win, San Franciscans showed strong support, and it changed the debate across the state around the need for stable communities safe from displacement. It builds on the strong passage of Prop F in June, providing legal counsel for all tenants at risk of displacement, now a precedent for the state.
We’re taking the momentum of these wins into 2019, and continuing our housing agenda framed around the Three-Ps of Protecting communities where they are, Preserving our housing stock, and Producing the affordable homes we need to house our future generations. We’re moving the conversation to where it needs to go and keeping it real: placing impacted communities first, confronting the real barriers to housing with data-based analysis, moving local solutions in a regional context, and avoiding simplistic answers to complex problems of our economic system.
We would not be able to do this without your generous support. The Council of Community Housing Organizations thanks you for working with us on real solutions to housing.
In solidarity -
Fernando Martí, Peter Cohen, Maya Chupkov and Amani Ali
CCHO is a fiscally-sponsored project of San Francisco Information Clearinghouse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.