Economic Justice

Hundreds Urge City Council to Protect Renters

PRESS RELEASE
Contacts: Christian Ollano (408) 910-6309, Ian Greensides (408) 915-7006, Carol Stephenson (408) 480-4367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
SAN JOSÉ, CA                                        

PACT Leaders call on San Jose City Council Members for Just Cause Eviction Protections for Renters

WHO:   San Jose City Council Members Sylvia Arenas, Sergio Jimenez, Tam Nguyen, faith leaders and hundreds of community members who are committed to dialogue. 

WHAT:   Hundreds of community members will pack the church gym to demonstrate the urgent need for protections for renters who are being pushed out and living in fear due to unjust evictions and skyrocketing rents. The program will include community testimony, small group dialogue to share renters' experiences, and questions for public officials.

PACT leaders will ask City Councilmembers to commit to specific action at the April 18th City Council vote on:
Just Cause renter protections to prohibit eviction for no cause
Ellis Act relocation benefits for tenants in rent-controlled units 

WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

WHERE: Gymnasium at Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Drive, San Jose, California  95122

WHY:     Between 2010 and 2016, over 2,000 no-cause evictions in rent controlled units were reported to the San Jose Housing Department, which does not account for non-reported no-cause evictions creating instability and displacement. The actual number of no-cause evictions during this time is estimated to be much larger.

Low-income people of color are overburdened by high rents, pushed into overcrowded spaces, or out of the Bay Area entirely. San Jose is at risk of losing its diversity, vibrancy and strong neighborhoods.

Right now, vulnerable community members are feeling especially threatened in a climate of fear nationwide. Immigrants, Muslims and people of color are facing real threats outside their homes and as renters feel instability in their homes, too. Because losing your housing is so financially devastating in San Jose, no cause evictions are just another form of deportation. Without a law that protects against no-cause evictions, people without legal status or citizenship are defenseless. In the current atmosphere of national xenophobia, immigrants are at risk to lose their housing without Just Cause Eviction Protections. 

On Tuesday, April 18 the issues of just cause eviction protection and Ellis Act protections are schedule before the San Jose City Councilmembers for a vote.


PACT: People Acting in Community Together is multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots organization that empowers people to create a more just community and organizes for racial and economic justice.  PACT represents 25 congregations and schools and over 50,000 people in Santa Clara County, and is part of the PICO National Network.  www.pactsj.org,  www.facebook/pactsj
PICO National Network is the largest faith based, grassroots organizing network in the country.  Local PICO 52 federations, like PACT, work in over 150 cities and 17 states and is more than one million families and one thousand congregations from 40 different denominations and faiths. www.piconetwork.org
 

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

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