Hundreds of Renters to Turn Out for San Jose City Council Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSÉ, CA                                           

Struggling renters urge City Council to protect the diversity of San Jose

WHO:        Renters who are suffering because of high rents and instability, community and faith-based organizations representing the tens of thousands of renters in San Jose, community leaders, San Jose City Council and Mayor.

WHAT:       San Jose City Council will vote on changes to the San Jose Apartment Rent Ordinance after making the housing crisis a top priority last June. Vote will include rent control, protection against evictions and better oversight over landlords.

VISUAL:     100’s of renters and supporters with signs expressing their plight overflowing Council Chambers will appear to share stories on the struggle to survive in the face of sky-high rents and evictions.

WHEN:       Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
                   3:00 PM (Council Agenda states this issue will be heard not earlier than 3:00pm, the meeting is expected to go late into the evening)

WHERE:     San Jose City Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose 95113

WHY:           San Jose is consistently ranked as one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the country with rents rising on average 10% every year for the past five years, while median income has increased by ONLY 1%. Unless a renter makes $54/hour, they cannot afford to keep their family in a two-bedroom apartment. Further, 53% of San Jose rental households are rent-burdened, paying 30% or more of their income on housing. While San Jose’s housing prices are topping national lists, San Jose renters’ protections have not been updated in 40 years. Heavy lobbying is expected from landlords intent on maximizing profits regardless of the costs to renters and the San Jose’s diversity.

City Council Agenda for April 19
San Jose ARO Study

Members of Silicon Valley Renters’ Rights Coalition with links:

Affordable Housing Network
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
PACT: People Acting in Community Together
Sacred Heart Community Service
Silicon Valley Debug
Silicon Valley Rising
Working Partnerships USA