Affordable Housing Groups, Builders Announce Opposition to Proposition 21

Six leading California affordable housing builders and groups today announced their opposition to Proposition 21, the November ballot measure financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation that would undermine the strongest statewide rent control and renter protections in the nation.

The California Council for Affordable Housing, the California Housing Consortium, AMCAL, and the Community Revitalization and Development Council all announced their opposition, joined by developers Highridge Costa Housing Partners of Gardena and The Pacific Companies, one of the state’s largest builders of affordable infill housing.

The groups say the measure would damage the ability to finance and construct the affordable housing projects California needs. 

A similar measure, defeated overwhelmingly by California voters in 2018, also was strongly opposed by affordable housing groups.

“Proposition 21 will make it harder for Californians to access housing—making unnecessary changes to state law a year after the Legislature-approved unprecedented renter protections that have only just gone into effect,” said Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium. “This measure is a distraction from the real solutions needed to address our state’s housing crisis, including permanent funding for affordable housing and regulatory reforms that make it easier to build the affordable housing our state’s lowest-income residents desperately need. Proposition 21 is not the answer to California’s housing problems. It will only make our housing crisis worse.”

“For years, California has failed to build housing we need to meet demand,” notes Pat Sabelhaus, Executive Director, California Council for Affordable Housing. “The result has been a housing crisis that has put affordable housing out of reach for too many Californians. Local restrictions and regulations have created a statewide shortage of affordable housing – a shortage that would only increase under Proposition 21. This initiative would make it harder to build new housing, and drive up rents in cities across California. Proposition 21 will hurt California renters and make it harder for those looking for housing to find a safe, affordable place to live.”

The affordable housing groups and builders join a growing coalition of labor, business and veterans groups opposing Proposition 21. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @VoteNoOnProp21.

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Paid for by No on Prop 21: Californians for Responsible Housing, a coalition of seniors, veterans, affordable housing advocates, labor & social justice organizations, sponsored by California Apartment Association. Committee Major Funding from Essex Property Trust and Affiliated Entities; Equity Residential; and AvalonBay Communities.
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