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Major Newspapers Back State Proposition 1

Major Newspapers Back State Proposition 1

October 22, 2018

Eight major daily newspapers have joined a broad coalition of affordable housing advocates, business leaders, labor, veterans, environmental groups and many more working to pass Proposition 1 — the $4 billion Veterans and Affordable Housing Act (SB 3) that goes before voters on November 6.

 

The Los Angeles Times
“The chronic housing shortage in California is not just one of the state’s biggest challenges, it is exacerbating several other misery-inducing problems in this state — such as homelessness, air pollution and increasingly costly wildfires — while also raising the cost of living and crimping economic growth. Reducing and eventually eliminating that shortage must be one of the state’s top priorities.”

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The Mercury News
“Prop. 1 can’t possibly solve the state’s housing crisis on its own. But it’s an essential piece of the puzzle, designed to work with Prop. 2, the mental health housing measure on the same ballot, and local and federal housing programs to offer critical funding for the state’s neediest residents.”

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San Francisco Chronicle
It’s going to take more than dollars to solve California’s housing crisis. Regulations need to be streamlined, policies need to be realigned to steer development into areas that can accommodate higher density, and more communities need to be open to accepting growth. But make no mistake: Public investment needs to be part of the equation.”

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The Sacramento Bee
“The measure is mostly being sold as a boon for military veterans, which it is. The state’s CalVet Home Loan Program would get $1 billion to be doled out to veterans who want to buy houses, farms and mobile homes. Having such a targeted program is important for California, home to more homeless veterans than anywhere else in the country.”

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East Bay Times
“State funding for housing dried up during the Great Recession, leading to a situation where 30 percent of people living in urban areas in California cannot afford local rents. Those that can are paying as much as 50 percent of their income on housing. All told, California’s housing construction pace is falling short of need by about 100,000 housing units a year.”

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The Press Democrat
“Proposition 1 would make money available to private developers, nonprofit organizations and local governments to build housing that struggling families can afford. It also includes $450 million in grant money to upgrade infrastructure for high-density, infill developments near public transit.”

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The Modesto Bee
“Proposition 1’s $4 billion sets aside $1.5 billion to provide loans to renovate or build more rental housing. Millions more would go toward grants to build or improve sewers, roads and water systems in cities.”

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The Fresno Bee
For all of the disagreements over how best to solve the affordable housing crisis, most Californians can agree that the problem ultimately stems from a shortage of housing. Developers should be building 180,000 units every year just to keep up with population growth, but over the past decade, the state has averaged less than half of that.

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For the complete list of Prop 1 statewide endorsements visit: https://www.vetsandaffordablehousingact.org/endorsements

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