Petition to Eugene E. Jones Jr., Mary C. Howard
Expand Public Housing Eligibility for Newly Released Prisoners in Chicago
Fellow Citizens, We would like to start off by asking a question: Once someone serves their prison sentence, they should be done, right? Their punishments should be over, right? They did their time, and now they should be able to move with their life. Well unfortunately, this is not the case. Once released from prison, many prisoners are homeless. So, many of them apply for public housing assistance. However, many people are not eligible for this public housing or are denied it due to their criminal records, thus rendering them homeless. So, does someone's punishment really end once they are released from prison? Not really. Their punishment seems to go on for the rest of their life since they have a criminal record and are not eligible for many programs and assistances that they need. This is not fair, especially for people who are imprisoned for petty crimes and misdemeanors and are then plagued and labeled with a criminal record for the rest of their lives. This issue really stuck out to us because homelessness is a huge problem around the world, and in Chicago especially. And, past felons with criminal records being denied access to public housing is contributing to this problem of homelessness. So, we decided to do something about it. We are educating the students of Saint Ignatius on this issue by posting infographics around the school to raise awareness for this issue. Also, we are making a petition, and we will have a goal of a certain number of signatures. Once, this goal is reached, we will send this petition to the Chicago Housing Authority, as well as other departments of public housing. Hopefully, this will change their minds and cause them to revise their policies about who is eligible for public housing.
Petition to Oakland City Council, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén, Lynette McElhaney, Annie Campbell Washington, Noel Gallo, Desley A. Brooks, Larry Reed
City Council-Don't Displace Another Oakland Tenant! Repeal the Substantial Rehab Exemption
Oakland is facing an escalating housing affordability crisis. We are more than 65+ tenants living in units owned by Justin Wallway (also known by his corporate entities: JDW Enterprises, LLC and Rising Tides Properties, LLC). Our landlord does not live in Oakland and purchased his properties for pennies during the foreclosure crisis. He is attempting to use a legal loophole to exempt 14 of his properties–upwards of 35 units–from rent control. Rent control prevents displacement. Loss of rent control protections is tantamount to an eviction, as landlords can serve massive rent increases and force tenants out. Our landlord is trying to use the Substantial Rehabilitation exemption, a short, ill-defined paragraph in the City’s rent code. Other Californian cities with Rent Control have gotten rid of this exception or made the requirements much stricter. There is already a process by which landlords may request rent increases when they perform improvements to the property, known as a Capital Improvement passthrough. The City Council took great pains last year to overhaul this process so that tenants were not pushed out by unnecessary upgrades that would lead to displacement. But this loophole remains. Our landlord stands to gain an enormous amount. He will likely use a victory to displace tenants like Marlon, who has lived in her West Oakland unit for 42 years, since far before he owned her property. Or tenants like Chelsea, who works with low-income youth in Oakland and San Francisco. We, his tenants, are teachers, healers, artists, designers, parents and non-profit service providers. We are disabled and retired people. We are community members working to protect the environment and improve public health. We live in and love Oakland, and are engaged in creating community here. We need immediate action from our City Council. The exemption needs to beeliminated before another Oakland resident is displaced. The majority of Oakland City Council and Oakland Rent Board members agreed that this law is flawed and must be changed. Yet since passing a moratorium on future cases in December 2017, City Council has been silent on the issue. Now is the time for City Council to put Substantial Rehabilitation Loophole on the agenda and get rid of this dangerous loophole once and for all!
Petition to San Diego City Council and Mayor's Office
Implement Rent Control in San Diego
It is time for San Diego to implement rent control to protect its residents’ quality of life. Renters are experiencing substantial rent hikes that are not consistent with salary increases, and hard-working San Diegans face the stressful situation every year of being forced from their home if they don’t pay exploitative rent increases. When searching the rental market for a new place to live, people have some ability to compare options and even possibly negotiate with some success. However, when they are already living in a rental unit and it is up for lease renewal, the landlord clearly has the upper hand. Not only does the apartment management company have easier access to sometimes proprietary information about the market, but also they can substantially raise the rent because they know the cost and hassle of moving for the tenant can be substantial. Moving is time consuming, from the housing search, to packing, to hiring movers, and to settling into a new home and sometimes new schools. In addition, the financial cost of moving can be quite high, it creates an unstable home life, and it can take an emotional toll from being uprooted from one’s own home just because the landlord thinks they can fill it with another renter willing to pay more. This system creates a lose-lose situation for renters – pay whatever the landlord asks or endure the hardship of a move. Moreover, the current system discourages renters from making valid complaints for fear of reprisals at lease renewal time in the form of a higher rent hike. This is not a system that ensures a good quality of life for renters. Either they must give in to exploitative rent hikes that steal an increasing amount of their income or they must suffer from instability, lost productivity, and stress from moving frequently. Housing is central to quality of life, and the system is currently favoring landlords over tenants. The rental market is also reducing the standard of living for San Diego residents. Over 50% of San Diego households rent housing and they spend 44% of their income on it (compared to 30% for the country). Rents have increased 25% over the past decade and are expected to increase by 19% in just the next 5 years. In 2014, rents in San Diego increased 5-6%, the highest rent growth in more than a decade, and 2015 has experienced 9% increases. Meanwhile, household income is rising only less than 1% a year and has even decreased a total of 6% since 2009. With some of the most expensive housing in the country (San Diego was recently labeled the least affordable city in America by Realtor.com), buying a home is out of reach for most San Diegans, and renting is the only realistic option. While San Diegans are hurting, large corporations that own the apartments are winning big. For example, Essex Property Trust that owns and manages 13 complexes in San Diego saw an annual increase in profit of 7.4% at its properties in 2013, a total profit increase of 14% in 2014 to over $200 million, and its top two executives receiving compensation of $3.4 million a year (a 136% increase over the past 4 years). Similarly, the Irvine Company, which owns and manages 12 complexes in San Diego, has seen recent annual growth of 8.7%, and its Chairman Donald Bren has made $3 billion over the past three years (an increase of 25%), making him the 30th richest American with a net worth of $15.2 billion. Rent control (or “rent stabilization”) is needed to remedy this inequality between landlord and tenant and to protect the majority of San Diego households who are renters. Rent control laws exist in 15 other cities in California, including the three largest cities in the state besides San Diego – Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco. Vacant units can still be subject to pure market forces (“vacancy decontrol”), but it is time to protect the renter from exploitative rent increases for their current apartment homes. The San Diego County Apartment Association has used its deep pockets and team of lobbyists to effectively represent the interests of landlords to our local government, and it is time for us, the people of San Diego, to now petition our representatives – the City Council and the Mayor – to pass rent control measures. 10 Facts about Rent Control in California Please fill out our brief survey! Please remain subscribed to Change.org e-mails related to this petition to learn about updates regarding this petition and how we all can ensure that change does indeed happen. Your e-mail and address is not shared with the petition author or recipient. If you would like to contact our growing San Diego Tenants United movement to get more involved, for media inquiries, or anything else, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Renters should also fill out our survey and like our Facebook page. Please share your stories and comments in the section below! Your full name will only be displayed below if you choose to leave a comment. Other actions you can take include: Write a review (e.g., Yelp) about your rental Talk to your neighbors Share this petition! Contact your representative Understand and stand up for your legal rights as a tenant Footnotes* Cover graph: CBRE Econometric Advisors and RealPage, Sept 2014, http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/rents-housing-supply-downtown-units-forrent/#comments-module  http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_1YR_B25106&prodType=table http://www.zillow.com/research/q2-2015-rent-mortgage-affordability-10268/  http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/rents-housing-supply-downtown-units-forrent/ http://timesofsandiego.com/business/2014/12/31/san-diego-rents-rose-average-55-per-month-2014/http://files.zillowstatic.com/research/public/rental/ZRI.San%20Diego.395056.pdfhttp://rebusinessonline.com/demand-for-apartments-grows-in-san-diego/http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/aug/15/real-estate-housing-corelogic-zillow-midyear/ http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/sep/18/san-diegans-income-still-below-great-recession-lev/ http://www.realtor.com/news/least-affordable-cities/ http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/16/rising-housing-prices-stagnating-wages-are-harming/ http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/2015/01/21/the-eternal-question-for-sd-businesses-should-i-pay-or-should-i-go/ http://markets.on.nytimes.com/research/stocks/fundamentals/financials.asp?type=is&symbol=ESS http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=20594349&ticker=ESS http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/40/40241.html http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bren-645922-county-irvine.html http://www.forbes.com/profile/donald-bren/?list=rtb http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/appendix2.shtmlhttp://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Rent_Stabilization_Board/Home/Other_Rent_Control_Jurisdictions.aspx
Petition to Affinity Sutton & RBKC, Save The Sutton Estate -pp/15/04678
STOP THE DEMOLITION of Sutton Estate
William Sutton left his fortune to build the historic Sutton Dwellings in Chelsea, to house families on low incomes suffering from poor living standards. Many of the Sutton Estate's first residents were women on low income jobs. Over 2,000 people found a place there that could be called home . But as on other estates in London, we’re being threatened with eviction because Affinity Sutton, the housing association that now owns the estate, knows that it can make a fortune at the expense of the residents. First it let the estate dilapidate, and now it’s planning to rebuild rather than refurbish, selling off almost half of the estate for multimillion-pound private homes, which could make it a profit of over £200 million. Affinity Sutton paid nothing for the estate, they have done nothing for the estate, and now they want to cash in on the estate. At a time when London and the local council is desperately short of social housing, officers from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea have been working with Affinity Sutton on plans that will reduce social housing places on the estate by 453 people. What is happening here in Kensington & Chelsea is the tip of the iceberg of a housing crisis in London - where the rich are pushing out the poor, with councils sitting by and doing nothing. Up to 70 families who had been placed by Kensington & Chelsea on the Sutton Estate, with a measure of stability for them and their children, are now threatened with being thrown out of their homes, and some of them out of London. We need to come together and stop the most vulnerable in society being victimised by powerful housing associations. If we keep pushing back - like we did with the recently publicised New Era housing and Focus E15 campaigns - there will come a point when property companies and councils realise that the British public are too powerful for them even to attempt these scandalous evictions. So far we have had the support of people from across the spectrum, including many local people from Chelsea, Eddie Izzard, John Simpson, Felicity Kendal and MP Tom Watson. Please join us too - and call on Keith Exford, the CEO of Affinity Sutton (salary from the charity in excess of £290,000) and the Council of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to stop the social cleansing and come up with a plan that will benefit the residents rather than their funds and that will increase the number of social housing places in the borough.
Petition to Tower Hamlets Development Committee
STOP SAINSBURY'S, SAVE WHITECHAPEL
What’s the story? Sainsbury’s have submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council for an over-sized development of their megastore in Whitechapel, east London. Whitechapel is a diverse and ever changing area, which makes its character all the richer. However the proposals, based primarily on cashing in on high value apartments, causes irreversible harm to the surrounding community and environment. 1. Disproportionate Scale The development is radically out of context with the surrounding low-rise Whitechapel area. The proposed 28 storey tower (101m) would be the tallest building in the 3 mile stretch between at Aldgate and Canary Wharf. Even the eight ‘smaller’ blocks of up to 15 storeys (59m) would introduce a density beyond Council guidelines. The enormous tower will block daylight to hundreds of homes and businesses, and overlook countless more. 2. Damage to Local Heritage The scheme will overwhelm the historic setting of the Whitechapel Market and Stepney Green Conservation Areas and their 52 listed buildings. The tower also intrudes significantly on the Grade 1 listed Trinity Green Almshouses, sited just 100m to the east of the site. The current proposals demonstrate little evidence of how this remarkable context has influenced the design, which Historic England has described as “substantially harmful”. 3. Lack of Affordable Housing Of the proposed 559 residential apartments only 89 apartments (16%) are to be ‘affordable’, falling far short of the Council’s targets of 35-50% to align with the London Plan. A tiny 6% are family dwellings, making the mix wholly inappropriate for this part of Whitechapel, and doing little to address the wider London housing crisis. What can I do? Please support this campaign by signing this petition - it takes just a few seconds, and please spread the word! Opposition has been raised by Historic England, the Georgian Group, SPAB, the Victorian Society and the East End Preservation Society but we need much more support to ensure the development is rejected by Tower Hamlets council. You can send your objections to Tower Hamlets Council to email@example.com (ref:PA/15/00837), and join the Friends of Trinity Green at www.friendsoftrinitygreen.co.uk where you can find a template letter objection. STOP SAINSBURYS, SAVE WHITECHAPEL Thank you for your support.
Petition to Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, PC Leader Patrick Brown, Deputy Premier Deborah Matthews, MPP Vic Dhillon, Minister Tracy MacCharles
End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontario's new home buyers a choice!
Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne said the time for monopolies is over (National Post, Apr. 17, 2015). We think she’s absolutely right! Monopolies are notoriously inefficient and ineffective - the prices are too high and the production is too low - and they can "capture" the political and regulatory processes (CBS Money Watch, Sept. 18, 2014). And now Justice Cunningham has recommended ending Tarion's monopoly as a result of his Tarion Review! "...I am recommending the introduction of a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection. Introducing competition should encourage continuous improvement and innovation. This in turn can lead to better consumer outcomes such as enhancements in warranty protection beyond minimum amounts..." (Justice Douglas Cunningham, Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). But the Wynne Government has not yet accepted Justice Cunningham's recommendation to end Tarion's monopoly. Tarion is a private corporation created as a monopoly by the Government of Ontario to provide warranty protection to new home buyers and to regulate builders. The legislation was established in 1976 – 41 years ago – and many agree that it has never worked properly. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation - and now Justice Cunningham has agreed! The following summarizes the situation in three other provinces – and then in Ontario: Prov 2015 Housing starts # of Warr Providers Avg # Alberta 37,282 7 5,326 BC 31,446 5 6,289 Manitoba 5,501 5** 1,100 Ontario 70,156 1 70,156 This means that Alberta, BC and Manitoba offer a CHOICE of warranty providers AND, on average, the warranty providers in those provinces have a much more reasonable number of homes to service than Tarion. Sign this petition to ask Premier Wynne to end Tarion’s monopoly and offer a number of warranty providers in Ontario -- like Justice Cunningham recommended -- and like other Canadian provinces are doing. It's time for Ontario to catch up! ------------------------------------- * Statistics Canada **effective 2017
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Bill de Blasio, Ruben Diaz, Jerry Brown
Dogs and Cats have a right to homes 2 in all apartments in NY and USA
Having a Dog or Cat should be everyone's right to choose. Co op boards, Rentals, Condo's that don't allow them increase the number of homeless animals. Trying to find housing when you love your Dog and Cat is extremely hard. Many families that move are forced to leave behind their pets. They are family too and enrich the lives of the people.. Agreements can be made and people can pay an extra fee.. Dogs and Cats need more homes. If 1 % percent were opened shelters could be emptied. A Dog and Cat do well in apartments. If people don't take care of their kids they are taken away. The same should be for pets. I hope people promote share on Facebook and Tweet .
Petition to Stephen Logan
Santa Cruz wants a sports complex with housing at the Capitola Mall
The new owners of the Capitola Mall are interested in reinventing the mall to bring in more customers and more business. Vice president of development Stephen Logan and architect David Geiser are "trying to figure out what would attract more people to the county’s only mall... when 96 percent of shoppers today shop online." (Capitola Mall: Merlone Geier asks what would work) In a unique opportunity, the mall owners actually want to know what the community desires. An indoor sports complex could be the answer, if the community expresses interest. This would be complimentary to retail and housing projects, and wouldn't need to take up the whole mall. A roller hockey rink would be the centerpiece, but imagine all the creative uses beyond hockey:- birthday parties- public skate - indoor soccer- roller derby- dodgeball- lacross- martial arts- yoga, zumba, etc- daycare/preschool play space- kids sleepovers at the mall- summer camps- charity auctions- craft fairs- other community events A local roller hockey rink has been missing from our community since 2009 when the Scotts Valley center closed. Since then, hockey players have been forced to travel to Marina or South San Jose to play, or give up the sport. Let's help them stay local, while supporting new businesses and community engagement in the middle of the county. As a hockey player, I am tired of the long, dangerous drives to do what I love. I miss the community and friendships forged through sports that such a complex provides. Sign this petition and add your voice in support of a sports complex in the heart of Santa Cruz County. Endorsed by:Bob Slawinski - former owner of the Scotts Valley Sports CenterTravis Hawkins - professional roller hockey player, Team USA member, sports program managerWes Koenig - Santa Cruz County Lacrosse AssociationUCSC Ice Hockey TeamUCSC Men's SoccerKaplan Volleyball No Attitudes Allowed Volleyball