On Thursday, May 24th, 2018 the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing coalition for Rent Control and Just Cause final signature count was 10,224. While short 2,112 of the required signatures the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition considers the citizen led volunteer signature gathering efforts a success.
From 12 individuals, which included tenants, homeowners and one landlord, meeting on November 29th, 2016 to being 300 plus strong today the goal is and will continue to be to bring awareness and action regarding the rental housing crisis and tenant displacement in Pasadena. While our city government continues to ignore 57.1% of Pasadena Residents (tenants) we are humbled that Pasadena residents do not.
Pasadena Homeless Count 2018: There was a significant increase (36%) in the number of persons who did not meet HUD’s definition of chronic homelessness….For this population, high rents and a shortage of housing caused them to fall into homelessness. In 2016, the housing cost burden for the lowest-income renter house- holds in Pasadena exceeded 100%, meaning their income was not enough to cover rent.
The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition thanks the hundreds of volunteers who juggled multiple life duties while gathering signatures. More than 80% of signature gathering was volunteer base and 20% of canvassing was from in-kind donations from community members and housing rights advocates to hire local canvassers on a livable hourly wage who otherwise would not be able to participate in canvassing due to economic circumstances. We thank the thousands of neighbors who opened doors, provided water on hot days, provided tea on cold days and the amazing conversation regarding Pasadena’s housing crisis which gave us hope that kindness, community stability and human compassion matters.
The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition thanks the following coalition members and supporters:
Affordable Housing Services
All Saints Economic Justice
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Pasadena-Foothill Area; SC (Southern California)
Coalition for Affordable Housing
Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) Pasadena
Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) Pasadena and Los Angeles
Glendale Tenants Union (GTU)
Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG)
League of Women Voters (LWV-PA) Pasadena Area
Long Beach Tenants Union
Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU)
Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU)
Pasadena Unified School District School Board (PUSD) endorsement
Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP)
Pomona United for Stable Housing
South Pasadena Tenants Union (SPTU)
Tenants United Santa Ana
Most importunately, thank you to the hundreds of individual volunteers and faith based organizations.
The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition is proud to continue the community dialogue and bring Pasadena’s housing crisis to the people of Pasadena so they too have a voice. Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition will continue to fight for one of the best policies for housing stability and affordable housing: rent control and just cause. Our housing crisis is not happening in a vacuum. We need to address as a city the continued displacement of long term residents who love Pasadena and call it home. Rental Housing needs to be profitable for owners, but the questions we need to ask ourselves is if one industry, such as corporate ownership of homes and apartment units, overshadows all other industries in our city what will we become of us? Why are there empty apartment units while we are in a housing crisis? Why are there empty store fronts in our city? The housing industry is not operating with best practices for our city and we as a city need to implement best practices: rent control and just cause.
What will happen when renters are gone? What will happen when our new homes become the streets? What will happen when Pasadena is no longer a community?
Remember, renters teach our children, nurse our loved ones, care for us in emergencies, and provide art to our city. Renters are long term neighbors who love and care for Pasadena. Renters invest in community projects, support local businesses, and provide economic support to owners of rental property.
Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition
Pasadena Fair & Equitable Housing Charter Amendment
Pasadena Rent Control and Just Cause
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