Please Email Your San Francisco Supervisor Today
& Urge Them to Fully Fund Prop I Programs:
$51 million for COVID-19 rent relief
And $51 million for affordable "social housing"
San Francisco Board of Supervisors--Budget Committee Meeting
Wednesday, 6/16, Late Afternoon Let us know if you can make a public comment
Please email your Supervisor now, see template below
Ballot mailer produced by Faith in Action leaders last fall, showing the intended purpose of Prop I as “forgive rent”
Those of you who’ve been reading our Eviction Cliff News know that state eviction protections are set to expire on June 30, and thousands of San Mateo County families are facing an eviction cliff.
But did you know that San Francisco families are also in grave danger?
San Francisco has a reputation as a Sanctuary City that champions progressive policies that protect the most vulnerable--and that can be true. But sometimes the reality can be quite different.
Take Proposition I, the 2020 ballot initiative that doubled the real estate transfer tax rate on sales of buildings worth over $10 million. When the Supervisors put it on the ballot, they also unanimously passed a resolution saying the proceeds would be used for COVID-19 rent relief and “social housing” (e.g., buying buildings and making them permanently affordable). But the tax technically went into the City’s General Fund, and the Mayor quietly decided to use Prop I revenue for other purposes, so there now is no local rent debt relief program in San Francisco.
Why does this matter? The California rent debt relief program excludes many San Franciscans, such as the many undocumented immigrants in living arrangements without a formal lease. Moreover, the total amount from the State program--$90 million--does not come close to covering even the low estimate of cumulative rent debt in San Francisco, $160 million.
A true Sanctuary City would supplement the State program with its own local rent relief program, with more flexible requirements to include everyone--and that’s exactly what voters thought they were approving when they voted 58% in favor of Prop I. Many volunteer leaders with Faith in Action Bay Area made calls last fall to inform voters about the ballot initiatives. As Doña Deisy said last week, speaking in Spanish, “Everyone knew exactly what Prop I was supposed to do—COVID rent relief—and that’s why people voted for it. Now the politicians are playing tricks and using the money for other things.”
It’s not too late to get San Francisco to do the right thing. The Board of Supervisors must approve a final budget by June 30. The most important thing you can do to help is email your local Supervisor with a message like this one:
Dear Supervisor ______________,
Last November, I voted for Proposition I, based on the understanding that the funds would be used for COVID rent relief and social housing. I also know that many thousands of our San Francisco neighbors have mountains of rent debt and are not eligible for the State rent relief program. Please fully fund Proposition I programs for the coming fiscal year by using the entire projected $102 million in revenue for its intended purposes— $51 million for COVID-19 rent relief and $51 million for affordable “social housing.” Can I count on your support with this?
To find contact information for your Supervisor, click here.
Immigrant leaders from Faith in Action Bay Area are also organizing research meetings with Supervisors and a call-in effort to make public comment at the relevant Board hearings on Wednesday, June 16 in the late afternoon, and Friday, June 18, at 10 am. If you would like to support either of these efforts, please email Matt Alexander at email@example.com.
Above, Faith in Action Bay Area leaders call San Francisco voters, inviting them to urge their Supervisors to support fully-funded Prop I programs