California Nurses Association Endorses Statewide Rent Control Initiative
“The California Nurses Association has successfully advocated for some of the most important health initiatives in the state, including Medicare expansions, guaranteed healthcare through a single payer Medicare for all system, whistleblower laws for caregivers, and appropriate nurse-to-patient ratio guidelines. They know a winning initiative when they see one. They also know that displacement is not just a housing crisis, it’s a health crisis. We’re honored to have the nurses’ endorsement,” said Damien Goodmon, Director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Housing is a Human Right project and the campaign to expand rent control.
Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. with more than 150,000 members in hospitals, clinics and home health agencies in all 50 states. In the past 15 years, CNA/NNOC has grown by nearly 400 percent.
“Inadequate and unaffordable housing is a public health emergency as well. Nurses see the impact. We see it in the health of our patients, who are dealing with the physical and mental stress or other untreated ailments while confronting high rents, forced moves and homelessness. And we see it in our co-workers, many of whom have to commute long hours because they can’t afford to live near where they provide care. It’s critical that we provide a treatment to this housing crisis sooner rather than later. We enthusiastically endorse the Affordable Housing Act and wish to see rent control expanded,” said Zenei Cortez, Co-President of the California Nurses Association.
The Affordable Housing Act is an initiative on the November ballot to repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to local communities to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control on apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.