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Housing Rights Advocates Shame California Apartment Association CEO Tom Bannon for Fueling Housing Affordability and Homeless Crisis

Thursday, June 18, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. socially-distant protest will take place at the offices of the California Apartment Association at 2727 Curtis Way in Sacramento

Even as millions of Californians face evictions and homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bannon and other Big Real Estate players have targeted housing advocates and continue to fight against tenants’ protections throughout the state

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HousingIsAHumanRight–A coalition of tenants’ rights advocates that include Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Sacramento Tenants Union, will stage a socially-distant protest to name and shame Tom Bannon, CEO of the California Apartment Association (CAA), the most powerful landlord lobbying group in the state.

Bannon and the CAA have a long history of opposing efforts to protect California renters who are facing a crushing housing affordability crisis, which has increased homelessness in Los Angeles County by 12.7 percent and by 14.2 percent in the City of Los Angeles within the last year.

What’s more, Bannon and the CAA unsuccessfully attempted to repeal a temporary rent freeze in Santa Ana, actively trying to target vulnerable renters, even during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tom Bannon and the CAA have fought tooth and nail to defend the status quo in California. They are responsible for making our growing housing crisis much worse. And they are now spending millions of dollars once again to defend skyrocketing rents in California,” said Rene Moya, Housing Is A Human Right and Rental Affordability Act Campaign Director.

“Last week, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the Greater Los Angles Homeless count for 2020. And we saw a shocking increase in homelessness in just one year. Much of the blame for this devastating rise in homeless lies squarely on the shoulders of Bannon and the CAA. California’s politicians must stop accepting money from an organization responsible for the pain suffered by poorer Californians and communities of color. They should not be allowed to dictate the housing policy for us all,” Moya said.

The SOCIALLY-DISTANT PROTEST will start at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m. at 2727 Curtis Way in Sacramento.

WHAT:

HOUSING RIGHTS PROTEST: housing and health care advocates demand that California Apartment Association CEO Tom Bannon stop fueling California’s housing affordability and homeless crisis.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:

2727 Curtis Way, Sacramento

 

B-ROLL:

10-foot puppet of Tom Bannon, Giant skeleton, 5-foot eviction sign, 30+ advocates will hold a socially-distant protest, in which they will stand six feet apart and wear facemasks, in observance of COVID-19 protocol

The activists will call on Bannon, CAA, and Big Real Estate to end their reign of terror that has left millions of Californians facing a crushing housing affordability crisis that has led to chronic homelessness throughout the state.

Bannon and CAA are once again putting profits before vulnerable Californians by operating a key campaign committee that’s raising millions to defeat the Rental Affordability Act, which seeks to expand rent control in California.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the parent non-profit of Housing Is A Human Right and Healthy Housing Foundation, has long addressed public health emergencies — from the AIDS epidemic to the Ebola crisis to California’s homeless crisis. AHF will do everything it can to help the vulnerable during this difficult time.

Contacts

Ruthie Thomas, Communications Director, Rental Affordability Act (RAA)

ruth.thomas@ahf.org (310) 663-4159 cell

Jacquie Burbank, Western Grassroots Director, Housing Is A Human Right (HHR)

Jacqueline.Burbank@ahf.org (323) 208-1505 cell