Campaigns

In addition to NPH’s ongoing policy, advocacy, capacity building, and public education work, we also undertake targeted, focused campaigns designed to produce tangible results to increase investment in affordable homes across the Bay Area.

NPH has a strong record of success initiating, supporting, and passing affordable housing measures, working with our members, partners, and elected leaders, and we’re proud to continue building momentum this election cycle through our work with the NPH Action Fund. We have been hard at work in many cities, counties, and at the state level, working to support our mission to ensure that everyone has access to a safe, stable, affordable home. 

We provide research, policy analysis, and expertise accrued from our prior electoral successes in order to help affordable housing secure placement at the ballot and give voters the ability to take action. We’re delighted to share that housing is leading the ballot: starting with the statewide Prop 1 and working down the ballot to many local measures across the Greater Bay Area.

Now, we are committed to helping these critical measures win in November. We’re starting by sharing our endorsements with you, and look forward to working together to drive success for affordable housing and our communities!

NPH Endorsements: November 2018

Statewide opportunities

 

Prop 1: SUPPORT

Prop 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, is a critical revenue measure that will create affordable housing for our veterans, families and children, people experiencing homelessness, and individuals with disabilities. The measure is a $4 billion general obligation bond that will allow our state to re-invest in our communities and affordable housing.  Prop 1 is the result of the bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 3 (Beall) and has been endorsed by affordable housing advocates, business leaders, labor, veterans, environmental groups and more. NPH was proud to help pass Senate Bill 3 during the 2017 legislative session and is now actively working as the Greater Bay Area lead for the campaign’s efforts.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

Prop 2: SUPPORT

Prop 2, the No Place Like Home Act, will authorize $2 billion in previously appropriated funding in order to create supportive housing for people suffering from chronic homelessness, people with disabilities, and people living with mental illness.

Prop 2 is campaigning as a package with Prop 1.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

Prop 5: OPPOSE

Prop 5 would cost special districts and school districts revenue needed to support critical services. It would amend Prop 13 to allow homebuyers age 55 or older to transfer the tax-assessed value from their prior home to their new home, no matter the new home’s market value, location in the state, or number of moves. NPH has supported past progressive Prop 13 reform efforts. However this regressive proposal would be a step backward for our state and it would disproportionately benefit wealthy home buyers.

NPH recommends a NO vote.

 

Prop 6: OPPOSE

Prop 6, the Gas Tax Repeal, would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation, and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California. In the Bay Area alone, there are hundreds of projects at risk if Prop 6 passes. With the Bay Area region’s holistic approach to transportation, infrastructure, and housing, Prop 6 would have significant negative impacts for our communities broadly and affordable housing specifically.

NPH recommends a NO vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

Prop 10: SUPPORT

Prop 10, the Affordable Housing Act, is a critical tool that will allow our communities to provide more housing stability, protect families, and make California more affordable for us all. This statewide ballot measure will allow local jurisdictions to adopt local rent control measures by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Prop 10 will allow communities that are struggling with skyrocketing rents to take steps to ensure there is more affordable housing and stability for families who are struggling to get by. Communities will be free to bring more fairness to housing, giving renters protections against huge and unexpected rent increases, while ensuring that landlords receive a fair rate of return with reasonable yearly increases.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

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Northern California local opportunities: Dedicated Revenue Measures

 

San Francisco City and County Measure C: SUPPORT
After gathering tens of thousands of local signatures to qualify Measure C — the Our City, Our Homes initiative — for the ballot, local voters will now have the opportunity to vote on this measure this November. Measure C would enact gross receipts tax on big businesses with incomes above $50 million. The measure is estimated to raise $300 million annually in funding dedicated to the construction of affordable housing, wrap around services for the people facing chronic homelessness, and legal assistance programs.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

Santa Cruz County Measure H: SUPPORT

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to place a $140 million affordable housing general obligation bond measure on local voters’ ballot in order to create more affordable housing opportunities for the community. The measure will make affordable housing with supportive services available to vulnerable community members including seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, and those suffering from homelessness and mental illness; provide down-payment assistance to first time homebuyers; and help agricultural and other employers who have problems hiring due to a severe shortage of affordable workforce and farmworker housing. NPH and our Santa Cruz County working group has been actively supporting this Santa Cruz County measure with research, technical support and expertise, advocacy, and community engagement.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

Napa County TOT Measures: SUPPORT

Napa County voters will have the opportunity to raise revenue to create more affordable housing by passing a hotel tax (also known as a Transient Occupancy Tax, or TOT) with an increase of one percent in unincorporated areas of the county and five incorporated cities. The increase will raise an estimated $4.76 million annually and will be dedicated to affordable housing and homeless programs. This measure will appear as Measure I in unincorporated areas of the County, as Measure F in Napa, Measure H in American Canyon, Measure D in Calistoga, Measure E in St. Helena, and Measure S in Yountville.

NPH recommends a YES vote.

 

City of Berkeley Measure O: SUPPORT

Thanks to a unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council, Berkeley residents will have the opportunity to support housing at the ballot with Measure O, a $135 million affordable housing general obligation bond measure to create more affordable housing options and opportunities for low-income households, working families, and individuals including teachers, seniors, veterans, people who are homeless, and persons with disabilities. NPH has been proud to support this measure with research and technical expertise.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

City of Santa Rosa Measure N: SUPPORT

Santa Rosa City Councilmembers voted unanimously to move forward with a $124 million affordable housing general obligation bond measure for the November ballot, giving the local community an opportunity to take action on affordable housing for low- and middle-income families, veterans, seniors, disabled and other vulnerable populations, provide supportive housing for the homeless and help displaced families rebuild after last year’s devastating fires. NPH and our North Bay working group have been actively supporting the Santa Rosa community with research, technical support and expertise, advocacy, and community engagement.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

 

City of San Jose Measure V: SUPPORT

San Jose City Councilmembers voted to place a $450 million affordable housing general obligation bond measure on the ballot, to create more affordable housing options and opportunities for San Jose community members, including low income families and residents, teachers and other workers, and the community’s most vulnerable residents. NPH has been working with our local partner SV@Home and offering technical support and expertise.

NPH recommends a YES vote. Learn more at the campaign website.

Northern California local opportunities: Shared Revenue and Housing Related Measures

 

Santa Clara County Measure A: SUPPORT

Santa Clara County residents ​will have the opportunity to vote on Measure A, a sales tax renewal, to maintain critical revenue needed for the county general fund, a portion of which is used for housing projects and programs, including those in place to support the implementation of 2016’s Measure A for Affordable Housing.

NPH recommends a YES vote.

 

Berkeley Measure P: SUPPORT

Berkeley voters have two opportunities to support affordable housing this November. In addition to Measure O, the dedicated affordable housing revenue general obligation measure (endorsed by NPH), Measure P will also raise critical funds for the community. Measure P would increase the transfer tax by 1% on properties that sell for over $1.5 million, raising an estimated $6 – $8 million annually that will be used to pay for general municipal services, including homeless services, shelters, rental subsidies, and supportive services, and staffing to implement these programs.

NPH recommends a YES vote.

 

Oakland Measure W: SUPPORT

Oakland residents will also have a number of affordable housing related measures to weigh in on this November. Measure W would enact a parcel tax on vacant properties, in use less than 50 days per year, raising $10 million annually over a term of 20 years. These funds may be used to support navigation centers, rapid rehousing, small homes and alternative housing structures. Note: Nonprofit organizations would be exempt from this policy as well as exemptions for individuals qualifying as very low and low income.

NPH recommends a YES vote.

 

Oakland Measure X: SUPPORT

​Measure X would raise an estimated $9 million annually in funding for general programs including affordable housing, by restructuring and increasing the existing transfer tax. Measure X would adopt a progressive transfer tax rate, starting at 1% for properties valued at $300,000 or less and increasing to 2.5% for properties over $5 million. Note: Nonprofit affordable housing properties would be grandfathered in at the current 1.5%.

NPH recommends a YES vote.

Want to get involved?

Engage with NPH electoral campaigns by visiting the NPH Action Fund 

Advocacy and Community Engagement Director JR Starrett can be reached at jr@nonprofithousing.org