Tell UC Santa Cruz to STOP PROFITING OFF OF STUDENTS who care for family members.

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Please sign our petition demanding that UCSC administrators STOP EXPLOITING AND CREATING PROFITS FROM STUDENTS WHO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS. 

  • Do not increase the rent for families who have to remain in Family Student Housing past June 2020.
  •  Reduce rental payments to take students and their families out of rent burden.

On April 5th, 2020, dozens of residents in Family Student Housing (FSH) at UC Santa Cruz submitted a plea to the state of California’s largest landlord; the University of California. They asked UC Santa Cruz in particular to make an ethical and compassionate decision: cancel rent for all of its family housing units for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis (198 units not all of which are occupied). At the very least, the letter asked UCSC not to raise the rent during this economically and emotionally debilitating time of crisis. 

The UCSC response to this letter included 

“As VC Latham noted in her response on April 7, there are significant ongoing costs to operate housing on the campus as long as students remain in residence. In light of this, it will not be possible to waive rental payments... Similarly, annual fee increases are necessary to keep pace with rising costs associated with all areas of housing operations… [and] to remain solvent and able to provide housing, annual increases are a necessity.”  ~Dave Keller, Executive Director, Housing Services

Right now, the University of California, Santa Cruz administration is considering increasing monthly rent payments for those living in Family Student Housing past June 2020. Residents in Family Student Housing are some of the university’s most vulnerable students. We already face a tremendous amount of insecurity as we scramble to have all of the basic needs of our families met, and as we currently pay 50%-94% of our incomes back to our landlord/employer (UCSC) just for housing expenses. Residents in UCSC’s Family Student Housing pay some of the highest rental rates for university family housing across the UC system and the buildings we live in were constructed in 1970. The amount of monthly rent paid by students in FSH to the UC is not “to remain solvent.” UCSC has been exploiting its students living in FSH to embellish university profits.  

Please sign our petition demanding that UCSC administrators STOP EXPLOITING AND CREATING PROFITS FROM STUDENTS WHO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS.