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Ballot Measure Endorsements

Catholic Charities Ballot Measure Endorsements Nov 8, 2022 General Election

San Francisco, Marin & San Mateo Counties

SAN FRANCISCO


VOTE YES on SF PROP. C: Homelessness Oversight Commission

SF Prop. C would create a Homelessness Oversight Commission to oversee the Department of Homelessness and Housing. It would require the City Controller to conduct audits of services for people experiencing homelessness. The City Controller estimates Prop C would have a minimal impact on the cost of government should it be approved.

Catholic Charities supports SF Prop. C to provide the essential services of oversight, transparency and a point of influence for homelessness and housing issues; and ensure public funds are spent effectively for our most vulnerable neighbors while their right to housing is protected. Catholic Charities receives funding from city, state, and federal entities for our homelessness and housing services to more than 4,000 children, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities in San Francisco.


VOTE YES on SF Prop M: Tax on Keeping Residential Units Vacant

SF Prop. M would impose a tax on owners of vacant residential units in buildings with three or more units in response to a city report that nearly 10%, or 40,000 SF units, are vacant. The tax, effective January 2024, applies if the unit is vacant for more than 182 days in a tax year. Single-family homes and duplexes, among others, would be exempt. The tax would range from $2,500 to $5,000 per unit, depending on size, and increase to a maximum of $20,000 if the unit is vacant for two consecutive years. Proceeds would be used to create a Housing Activation Fund to provide rent subsidies for seniors and low-income households, and to acquire and operate unoccupied buildings for affordable housing. The City Controller estimates Prop. M would result in additional City revenue exceeding $20 million annually if approved.

Catholic Charities supports SF Prop. M to return a significant inventory of vacant residential units to the market to help increase available housing stock in light of the city’s homelessness and housing crisis.

 

MARIN COUNTY


VOTE YES on Measure B: Marin County Free Library

Measure B would increase the free library parcel tax from $49 to $98/year to provide approximately $4.7 million annually in local funding to continue to maintain library hours and online access; upgrade library facilities; and enhance programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors. It would allow the library to purchase and make available free technology resources for library patrons to use from home to support career and school success and reduce social isolation for older adults.

Catholic Charities supports the equity impact of Measure B on Marin residents. How we organize our society directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Low-risk and at-risk residents in Marin County rely on local public libraries for vital educational and career resources. Based on our years of work with Marin youth, Catholic Charities can attest to the power of literacy and library resources to break generational cycles of poverty.

 

SAN MATEO COUNTY


VOTE YES on Measure L: East Palo Alto Residential Rental Property Business Tax Measure

Measure L would address the problem of soaring rents for low and moderate-income East Palo Alto tenants by raising the general tax on landlords of large residential units from 1.5% to 2.5% annually and prohibiting landlords from passing the tax on to tenants. This tax will raise about $1.5M annually for general government uses such as affordable housing, tenant rental support, and protection of local residents from displacement and homelessness.

Catholic Charities supports Measure L to help address the social justice and equity issues of affordable rental housing for very-low and low-income residents of East Palo Alto. We have worked with and witnessed the plight of East Palo Alto impoverished families who struggle to pay their rent, either becoming homeless or living four families to an apartment because they cannot afford soaring rents.

 

VOTE YES on Measure AA: South San Francisco Affordable Housing Authorization

Measure AA would allow the City of South San Francisco, without increasing local taxes, to construct/acquire affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and other vulnerable populations in an amount up to 1% of the total number of existing housing units in South San Francisco annually for eight years, with any year’s unused units being carried over each year.

Catholic Charities supports Measure AA to develop affordable, decent, and safe rental housing for low-income vulnerable populations to serve the well-being of all in South San Francisco.

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