PACT Leaders Call on San José Mayor and City Leaders to Protect Renters' Rights at Community Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSÉ, CA

The threat of displacement prompts community to proclaim “San Jose, we belong!”

WHAT:     PACT Leaders and community members will voice their concerns surrounding renters’ rights to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, as well as council members Raul Peralez and Magdalena Carrasco with a call for action on rent control. PACT believes San Jose is losing its sense of community because of high rents leading to evictions and the lack of availability of low income housing in the city. Testimonies of personal stories about struggling to live in San Jose are included in the program.

WHEN:     Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 7:00 PM

WHERE:   Overfelt High school, Multipurpose Room. 1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122

WHO:       More than four hundred community members, faith leaders, advocates and residents of San Jose who are concerned with the following: The 8% rent increase per year, the fear of being forced from their home at any moment because eviction for no cause, and discrimination against Section 8 holders.

WHY:        San Jose is consistently ranked as one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the country with rents rising 10% every year for the past five years.  Families are suffering under skyrocketing costs and threats of eviction.

San Jose City Council recognized the city’s renters’ crisis in September, directing the Housing Department to study the issue and receive community input. San Jose ARO Study Preliminary Report

San Jose Housing Department Housing Statistics Report