Berkeley’s Housing Crisis

HousingCrisis4cSunday, November 22nd, 2pm-4:30 pm, Berkeley Arts Festival Space, 2133 University (between Shattuck & Oxford Streets)

Soaring rents and home prices have made Berkeley an increasingly unaffordable place. People can’t find housing, live in fear of eviction. We’ve lost much of our city’s diversity.


Come learn more about this crisis and what can we do:

What can our local elected officials do?

How do we prevent displacement of lower income folk and people of color?

Discuss ways to get funding for affordable housing:

  • increase business license fee paid by large landlords
  • city density bonus
  • housing impact fees and inclusionary housing
  • new revenue, such as a proposed tax on short-term rentals

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Barton, Ph.D., Former Director of the Housing Department and Deputy Director of the Rent Stabilization Program in Berkeley
  • Moni Law, Affordable Housing Activist
  • Rick Lewis, Executive Director, ­­Bay Area Community Land Trust, former Housing Advisory Commission Member
  • Austin Pritzkat, President, Berkeley Student Cooperative
  • Katherine Harr, Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Facilitated by Paola Laverde, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner

There will be an opportunity for questions and comments

Sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee for a Progressive Berkeley with support from Berkeley Citizens Action, the Berkeley Tenants Union, Berkeley NAACP and the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition.

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