Housing California November 2018 State Ballot Slate
We Won Props 1 and 2!
This was the "Year of Affordable Housing." Four state measures directly impacted housing and homelessness for Californians. State gubernatorial and federal candidates said housing affordability is their top priority (watch again: gubernatorial candidates talk housing at our Annual Conference). Affordable housing developers are ready to apply for the billions of dollars in investment and renters are ready for relief NOW.
This isn't Housing California's first ballot fight. Along with advancing our mission to ensure everyone in California has a safe and affordable home through our state advocacy, coalition-building, and strategic communications, Housing California has also played a lead role in electoral campaigns for more than 30 years. Our more recent electoral victories include the 2004 Mental Health Services Act and Prop 1C in 2006.
Our efforts paid off again in 2018 -- with help from our partners and members, our Residents United Network, and housing champions in the legislature -- when together we secured $6 BILLION on the November ballot: Proposition 1, The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, and Proposition 2, The No Place Like Home Act!
Housing California partnered with the California Housing Consortium, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California to co-lead Propositions 1 and 2. Together with our regional partners across the state, we collected more than 700 endorsements (including from nearly all major newspapers) and raised $5.6 million. Thank you to everyone who pitched in!
Housing California took a position on other measures on the November ballot that protect residents and advance housing justice. Use the "learn more" links for each proposition to quickly find information, fact sheets, and social media links.
Prop 1: Passed!
Prop 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, will create affordable housing for our veterans, families, people experiencing homelessness, and individuals with disabilities. The measure is a $4 billion general obligation bond that will bring investment, jobs, and affordable homes into our communities. Prop 1 is the result of the bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 3 (Beall), which Housing California helped pass, and has been endorsed by advocates, business leaders, labor, and veterans. Learn more.
Prop 2: Passed!
Prop 2, the No Place Like Home Act, will create supportive housing tied to mental health services for people living with a serious mental illness who are experiencing, or are at risk of, chronic homelessness. Housing California helped create and advocate for the No Place Like Home Program in 2016, and now we need it to cross the finish line to invest $2 billion in supportive homes. Learn more.
Prop 5: Passed!
Prop 5 will take away $1 billion a year from our schools and communities. Teachers, firefighters, health care workers, senior groups, housing advocates, community groups, and local governments are working to stop this harmful initiative because it only benefits wealthy property owners and realtors, and does nothing to help people in need of affordable housing. Learn more.
Prop 10: Lost
Prop 10 will allow our communities to provide more housing stability, protect families, and make California more affordable for us all. This statewide ballot measure will repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, allowing local jurisdictions more flexibility with rent control measures. Learn more.