Mayor Schaaf Help Your Oakland Residents

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Gentrification in Oakland is forcing low income folks to leave their homes and allowing rich folk who know nothing about the city or the culture to come in and change it all. Gentrification is “the buying and renovation of houses... in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, raising property values but often displacing low-income families”. Gentrification hurts working families. Gentrification causes cost on housing to go up which then leads to low income people or families to leave their homes or sometimes the city they know and love because they can’t afford it. The house cost rises because as those who can’t afford the housing leave people who can afford it start moving in and people selling their homes raise the prices because they know people who can pay the price are coming in. This phenomenon is slowly moving across the Bay Area and is now hitting Oakland hard. The rapid gentrification of Oakland is forcing working low-income people out of the city, which is dramatically changing Oakland’s culture.

Since gentrification is affecting Oakland and it's residents, it is only right that the Mayor steps in to help. These people are losing their homes over something out of their control. A solution to this issue may be Mayor Schaaf creating subsidized housing for long-term residents being forced from their homes due to housing cost rising. Mayor Schaaf must create 150 units of subsidized housing by the end of 2018. That way people will be able to stay in the city they know and love. Keep the people and the culture of Oakland!




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