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New state laws drastically change our affordable housing “landscape” limiting our ability to assure projects fit Berkeley’s goals and offer the most affordable housing.
Other new laws provide opportunities and funding sources for affordable housing.
A new threat, SB 827, would automatically allow buildings up to 85 feet with no community benefits or mitigations throughout most of Berkeley's neighborhoods, and in cities throughout the state. We must organize to ensure our voices are heard.
In 2018 housing advocates plan to expand rent control to limit skyrocketing rents. A new bill and a proposed statewide initiative to reverse Costa Hawkins and protect tenants are in the works.
UC Berkeley proposes building up to 3,000 housing units for students on the Oxford Tract, home to greenhouses, research facilities and experiential learning. Student leaders propose alternative sites to the Oxford Tract, which UC is unwilling to consider.
Council members and housing advocates will address proposals and what actions we can take to support affordable housing and combat gentrification. Speakers include:
• Kate Harrison, City Council member District 4
• Jesse Arreguin, Mayor
• Leah Simon-Weisberg, Rent Board Commissioner
• Willie Phillips, long time affordable housing &
economic equity advocate
• Matthew Lewis, UC Student Association Vice Chair
& Basic Needs Officer
• Other student speakers and more
Primary Sponsor: Berkeley Citizens Action
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Tenants Union, the UC Berkeley Progressive Student Association, and CalSERVE - Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education Campus Mobilizers