YES on Prop. 1 means relief from the crushing housing crisis that is devastating Californians and taking its harshest toll on veterans, hardworking families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Prop. 1 is the ONLY proposition that directly addresses the shortage of housing by building more affordable homes— WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.
YES on 1 means housing for veterans, and delivering help to those who are struggling most by:
"Together, we can create affordable housing to help those in need, including former foster youth and low-income senior citizens."—Sen. Jim Beall, Prop. 1 Author, Senate Transportation and Housing Committee Chairman.
HONORING VETERANS WITH HOUSING
YES on Prop. 1 means dedicating $1 billion SOLELY to veterans’ housing by providing new housing and homeownership opportunities for veterans under the CalVet Home Loan Program that has helped 423,000 veterans and their families. Prop. 1 honors veterans by helping them have a home after they return from service.
California has the largest population of homeless veterans in the nation, and homelessness is expected to increase over the next decade among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans suffering from medical and mental health conditions sustained from their service are at high risk for long-term homelessness.
"A safe, stable, affordable home is how we can provide a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families. Affordable housing for veterans opens up opportunities to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible."—Gerald G. Wilson, Past State Commander, Disabled American Veterans, Department of California.
HARDWORKING FAMILIES LIVE WHERE THEY WORK
Prop. 1 will build affordable homes for hardworking people like nursing aides, grocery clerks, and teaching assistants, so they can live in the communities where they work while still having money for groceries and childcare.
EASING HOMELESSNESS CRISIS
Prop. 1 will address rising homelessness in our neighborhoods. Families pushed to the financial brink are living in cars, doubled and even tripled up in overcrowded housing. Families with no other options turn to overwhelmed shelters.
SAFE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
“Domestic violence exists in the shadows, often unseen, forcing many victims and their children to live in unsafe conditions. Emergency shelters can't meet the demand and housing crises exacerbate trauma. The ability to live in a stable, affordable home brings safety and healing for survivors and their families.”—Kathy Moore, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
Prop. 1 is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs and boost California's economy. Business leaders say YES on 1 because California must start building more affordable places for our workforce and keep the state economically competitive.
Veterans, Habitat for Humanity, domestic violence survivors, seniors, business and health care leaders agree: Prop. 1 helps build the affordable housing our communities need. www.vetsandaffordablehousingact.org
GERALD G. WILSON, Past State Commander
Disabled American Veterans, Department of California
SHARON ELLIS, Chair
Habitat for Humanity California
GARY PASSMORE, President
Congress of California Seniors
Under Proposition 1, the $4 billion to be borrowed by selling bonds would go to a variety of programs that may or may not repay money for revolving use.
The programs are aimed at lessening the housing shortage in California for a very limited number of persons. Far bigger solutions are needed. Let's ask candidates for state offices what they propose.
A VERY BAD PROPOSAL
Earlier this year, corporate executives in California pushed state legislation (Senate Bill 827) to strip cities and counties of the authority to stop big developers from building highrise apartments and condos in every neighborhood within a half mile of a transit hub or quarter-mile of an existing or later-added frequent bus stop.
Under the bill, even onsite parking spots could not be required!
Over 90% of San Francisco, for example, would have been subject to such imposing highrises.
BE WARNED: Although Senate Bill 827 was not approved in April, SB 827 (or a similar bill) could well be passed and signed into law after the November 2018 election and before you know it.
The proposed law could then only be stopped by a statewide referendum (petition and later vote).
Here is one BETTER APPROACH:
In-fill housing where appropriate but otherwise restrict new business centers to areas that have room for nearby new housing.
Many employees could then walk, skip, skate or bike to work.
This is another general obligation bond measure. It asks voters permission for the State of California to borrow more money by selling "bonds" that would need to be repaid with interest (potentially through higher property taxes) usually over many decades. I say "potentially" because sometimes bond proceeds are used for financing but repaid by program recipients—such as homeowners under the former Cal-Vet home-farm loan program.
Bond measures present several questions:
CALIFORNIA'S PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM IS UNFAIR
In 1978, California voters approved a voter initiative then-known as Proposition 13. The initiative added provisions to the California Constitution that prevented the “re-assessment” of real property unless and until the property changes hands or is substantially rebuilt.
Proposition 13 has protected real property owners from steep tax increases based on higher property values; however, it has also created a system in which new homeowners pay 10-20 times more than their neighbors whose property has like value but was obtained long ago.
In addition, because business property can be and is often leased (instead of sold), Proposition 13 has led to a massive shift of the overall property tax burden from businesses to homeowners.
The proponents of a ballot measure should bear the burden of explaining why it is worthy of support—given the full cost, available alternatives and other needs and wants.
In this case, the proponents should use their REBUTTAL to answer questions 1–5 above.
Prop. 1 is absolutely essential to address California's severe housing crisis.
Veterans, working families, people experiencing homelessness, seniors, people with disabilities, women escaping domestic violence and many others are struggling to afford the cost of housing.
Veterans who return home after serving our country can’t find a place they can afford to live.
Hardworking people like nursing aides and grocery clerks, and older retirees on fixed incomes, struggle each month to stay in their homes.
We simply must add more safe, affordable housing for these Californians—and that's what Prop. 1 will do.
Yes on Prop. 1 will Add Safe, Affordable Housing— Without Raising Taxes
Don't be misled. Prop. 1 is not a property tax.
$1 billion of Prop. 1 is dedicated to affordable home loans for veterans and their families, which they will repay over time. The remainder of Prop. 1 will be covered by existing state funds.
Prop. 1 will allow California to leverage federal housing funds: nearly $3 to match every dollar we invest from Prop. 1.
Prop. 1 Will Build Homes and Save Lives
California is home to nearly a quarter of the nation’s total homeless population, and the highest numbers of veterans and youth facing homelessness alone. We can do better.
Prop. 1 will help alleviate the crisis of homelessness and will honor our veterans with access to safe, affordable homes.
Vote Yes on Prop. 1 to address California's extreme housing crisis, and help ensure a safe, affordable home is within reach for all Californians.
KATHY MOORE, Executive Director
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
DEBORAH JOHNSON, President
California Veterans Assistance Foundation
JENNIFER HARK DIETZ, LCSW, Executive Director
People Assisting The Homeless (PATH)
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