PRESS RELEASE

June 9, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mashael Majid; mashael@urbanhabitat.org

                                                                                     Renters RISE Up

Fremont, CA - Rents in Fremont are skyrocketing. In a city of 40% renters, almost half of the city's residents spend over a third of their hard earned income on rent. In the past five years, rent has gone up by 82%, while wages remain the same. This is why the RISE Fremont Coalition is hosting a Renters Assembly on June 18 to speak out against high rents and unfair evictions in our community.

Stories of mass evictions are becoming more frequent, as lives are disrupted and working families are forced to abandon their jobs, schools, and faith congregations almost daily. Fremont residents have received rent increases of $600+ within the past few months, pushing some to move out of the region or state because of housing costs. Housing should not be something greedy interests profit from, but a safe, clean, and affordable sanctuary everyone has access to.

RISE firmly believes that the combination of rent control and just cause for eviction are the most effective tools to stabilize communities. These policies are already being adopted or considered in a growing number of jurisdictions in the Bay Area. City councils in San Jose and Santa Rosa have voted on stronger rent control and just cause policies. Oakland, Richmond, San Mateo, Burlingame, Alameda, and Mountain View are going to the ballot to get the people's support. Additionally, Fremont urgently needs a moratorium on rent increases and no-fault evictions while the City considers strategies against displacement.

The Renters Assembly will be an opportunity for people to hear about the Coalition's campaign to win rent control and just cause for eviction in Fremont, get connected to local resources, learn what rights they have as tenants, and share their vision on housing justice. The event will be hosted at Holy Spirit Church (37588 Fremont Blvd.) on June 18 from 10 am-1:30 pm. Please contact risefremont@gmail.com for more information. You can also register online by clicking here.

Residents Insisting on Social Equity (RISE) is a coalition of faith congregations, residents, cultural organizations, and policy advocates fighting to make sure Fremont is an affordable, equitable, and diverse community. We are united and resolved to make sure everyone is is valued, especially those most in need. Urban Habitat is a proud member of RISE.