Together the measures would build and provide affordable and supportive housing for people in need of a stable home.
“We see all around us here in Fresno and the valley how the lack of a stable, affordable home hurts families and individuals and creates significant disadvantages across our communities — from poor health to making it harder for children to learn to parents working many jobs and still never having enough to pay the bills. We all know the foundation of a home is essential,” said Council President Soria. “And this is why we need Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 — for the well-being of children, families, veterans and many others, and also for the good of our community.”
Prop. 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, would build and provide affordable housing for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and many others who need a stable, affordable home. It is estimated that one in three Californians are not able to afford their rent, and many are spending between 30 to 50 percent of their incomes on housing costs. Prop. 1 would build at least 50,000 units statewide, create 137,000 jobs and generate more than $23.4 billion in economic activity.
Prop. 2, the No Place Like Home initiative, would help Californians living with a serious mental illness who are homeless get off the streets and into supportive housing that is connected to mental health and addiction services, medical care and case managers. It’s estimated that more than 134,000 people are languishing on California’s streets and as many as one-third of the people living in these unsafe conditions have an untreated mental illness.
Council President Soria was joined at the podium by housing advocates and local residents who have benefited from affordable housing programs in the Fresno region.
"I will never forget the day my children and I walked into our home thanks to the help of the community and Self-Help Enterprises. Life changed for the better that day because we finally had a safe, affordable home," said Rosa Maria Rosales, a resident of Biola Village, a multi-family affordable housing development built just northwest of Fresno thanks to local, state and federal support. “Make no mistake, community organizations like Self-Help Enterprises can only help families like me have a stable home and avoid being pushed into homelessness when we all come together and do our part — like voting yes on Prop. 1 and Prop. 2 on Election Day.”
“I am grateful for the many ways the foundation of a home, through the CalVets Home Loan Program has helped empower me after returning from service. Stable housing and the support of my community and fellow veterans is how I've been able to lead a life of respect and dignity," said Cristina Vaxter with the Disabled American Veterans, Department of California. "Prop 1 is vital because it will help more veterans like me and our families have a safe place to call home.”
Other speakers included:
- Tom Collishaw, president/CEO, Self-Help Enterprises;
- George Steese, Disabled American Veterans, Department of California;
- Preston Prince, executive director, Fresno Housing Authority; and
- Mary Castro, vice chair, Fresno Housing Authority.
Paid for by Affordable Housing Now —Yes on Props 1 & 2 coalition: Housing California, California Housing Consortium, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Committee major funding from: Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy Members' Voice of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, California Works — Senator Toni Atkins Ballot Measure Committee
Funding details at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/transparency/top-contributors/nov-18-gen.html