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State Senate Committee Kills Pro-Gentrification Bill SB 827

Housing Is A Human Right and dozens of other housing justice and tenants groups have successfully fought to defeat the pro-gentrification bill SB 827. Widely considered one of the most draconian and troubling housing bills in recent years, SB 827 failed to receive enough votes on Tuesday to move out of the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. “The …

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Tenants and Activists Say ‘The Rent Is Too Damn High!’

Slammed by sky-rocketing rents and unscrupulous developers and landlords, Southern California tenants and housing justice activists banded together in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to kick off rent-control and tenant protections campaigns. The show of solidarity among more than a dozen organizations spoke volumes about the destructive impacts of California’s worsening affordable-housing crisis. “The rent is too damn high!” a …

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Housing is a Public Health Issue

From the American Public Health Association to the World Health Organization, experts agree that affordable, sanitary housing is essential for good health — and for healthy communities. Treating hundreds of thousands of lower-income patients around the world, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsors Healthy Housing Foundation and Housing Is A Human Right, understands that housing is a public health issue better …

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West Hollywood City Council Endorses Ballot Initiative to Repeal Costa-Hawkins

On Monday, March 5, West Hollywood City Council joined tenant groups, community organizations and unions in endorsing the Affordable Housing Act, unanimously passing a resolution in support of the ballot initiative that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allow cities to pass more robust rent control measures. With less than two months since signature gathering started, the campaign …

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Repeal Costa-Hawkins Movement Makes Big Impact at California Democratic Convention

The rallying cry was heard over and over, throughout the San Diego Convention Center, at the California Democratic Party Convention last week: “The rent! The rent! Is too damn high!” Waving signs and banging drums, tenants and activists demanded that Democrats strongly support the repeal of Costa-Hawkins, the anti-rent control law that hurts working people. With Californians struggling under massive affordable-housing …

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Offers Homeless Housing in Downtown L.A.

On Valentine’s Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation opened its first transitional housing project for houseless and low-income individuals, with priority for those with chronic health conditions. Through its new program Healthy Housing Foundation, AHF will provide 220 single-occupancy rooms at the repurposed Madison Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. AHF also unveiled a new advocacy campaign, featuring “homeless” billboards across L.A. and …

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L.A. Tenants Union and Housing Is A Human Right Protest SB 827

The L.A. Tenants Union and Housing Is A Human Right confronted California State Senator Scott Wiener recently, denouncing his dangerous, pro-gentrification bill, SB 827. With little to no input from housing justice and community groups, in January, Wiener introduced the legislation, which is being called the #StatewideDisplacementAct. If passed, it will wreak havoc in lower- and middle-income neighborhoods across California. Wiener, …

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UCLA Symposium Examines Gentrification as a Public Health Issue

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deems gentrification a public health issue. Columbia University has been analyzing the health impacts of gentrification for years. Now UCLA is making the holistic connection. “While gentrification can bring change and growth into a community,” organizers of the 22nd annual UCLA Health Care Symposium wrote in a statement, “it directly affects those …

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Responds to L.A.’s Homeless Emergency

On Thursday, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, through its project known as Healthy Housing Foundation, unveiled another urgent response to Los Angeles’ worsening homeless emergency. Providing shelter quickly and inexpensively, Healthy Housing Foundation by AHF will turn a 27-room motel in Hollywood into a transitional home for homeless men, women, and families. “I can’t think of anything more urgent,” said AHF president …

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Want to Gentrify a Neighborhood? Build Transit-Oriented Development

For many California politicians, transit-oriented development is the ultimate cure-all, supposedly saving the environment and improving the state’s affordable-housing emergency at one fell swoop. It’s a dubious stance that conveniently makes millions for developers, who return the favor by shelling out big-time campaign cash. But what those politicians and developers never mention is the disturbing connection between transit-oriented development and gentrification. …