Housing, Homelessness, & Gentrification Statement. Through the 2018 Filipino Policy Symposium, participants developed a California state-wide policy platform focused on eight major areas: Gender Justice, Housing, Health, Community Development and Small Businesses, Immigration, Workers Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, and Education. This platform shares the lived realities experienced by the California Filipino population and their proposed policy recommendations. The 2019 Filipino Policy Platform can be utilized by policy makers, community based organizations, and the larger public as an educational resource to develop policies and further engagement with the Filipino community.




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Across California, communities are being impacted by the housing crisis through displacement, evictions, and homelessness. Across California, communities are being impacted by the housing crisis through displacement, evictions, and homelessness. Advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area noted the rise of gentrification in low income neighborhoods, the skyrocketing rent increases, and how rent control serves as a ?lifeline? for families to afford a place to live. Those living in the Central Valley and greater Sacramento area are experiencing the consequences of this outward migration from the Bay Area, driving up local rental fees. In Southern California, one in three renters in Los Angeles are severely cost burdened (Joint Center for Housing Studies 2017). Additionally, the expensive rental market has also impacted Filipino students across the state. Across the UC and CSU system, Filipino students make up 4.1% of the CSU student population, and 13.4% of the AANHPI population in the UC system (CSU 2015, Campaign for College Opportunity 2015). The trend of homelessness and displacement has been found across campuses with 5% of the UC student population and 10.1% of the CSU student population reporting to have experienced homelessness (UC Global Food Initiative 2017, CSU Basic Needs Initiative 2018). BCFS proposes the following recommendations: The Repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Act. The Creation of a Filipino Policy Network Focused on Housing, Displacement, and Gentrification. Increased funding from the federal, regional, and local level towards student housing, low income and extremely low income housing, eviction control, relocation money, and foreclosure assistance. Increased taxes on large corporations in order to develop revenue for housing assistance programs. More statewide housing policies which address the intraregional effects of displacement on rising housing prices and super commutes. Implementation of the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, or a similar law, within California, which gives tenants the right to purchase the property in which they reside. Developing partnerships between city governments and nonprofits around tenant protections such as the San Francisco Small Sites Program. Increasing the commercial housing linkage fee within for new housing developments in cities. Eviction leave from work for tenants. Tenants should not have to make the choice of whether to go to work or represent themselves in eviction court. Extended voting period for residents who move out of district. The current law allows for residents to vote remotely, if they have a current address in district. A new law would allow residents who move out of district to choose to vote in the district of their previous address for up to 4 years after they move, or when they register to vote at their new address, whichever is sooner.
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May 9, 2019
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“HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS, & GENTRIFICATION,” Welga Archive - Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, accessed May 28, 2024, https://welgadigitalarchive.omeka.net/items/show/507.