Born out of our years of work fighting Wall Street’s agenda to foreclose on millions of families across California, ACCE Action is deeply committed to fighting displacement and building a California where everyone has access to a safe and affordable place to live. In all of our offices, ACCE Action organizes tenants facing rent increases and unjust evictions – and is fighting for rent control policies and tenant protections across the state.
Most recently, ACCE Action engaged in an incredible campaign to win the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 1482). The bill will cap rents statewide to stop the most egregious rent increases as well as prevent unfair and arbitrary evictions by implementing Just Cause protections. AB 1482 is the largest expansion of tenant protections in recent US history and will protect California’s 17 million renters - extending new protections to 8 million tenants who have never had renter protections before.
In 2018, ACCE Action played a critical role in advancing rent control across California. Most prominently, we were one of the signatories that put the repeal of Costa Hawkins on the ballot and played a leading role in driving the campaign. We collected tens of thousands of signatures to lead us to a successful ballot qualification and led an effort that contacted nearly a million voters through the election on the phone, doors or via text in support of Proposition 10. While Prop 10 did not pass, the campaign was a vehicle that built tremendous power and support for the housing justice movement - fundamentally altering the landscape in California. While Wall Street landlords outspent us more than 4 to 1 - momentum for rent control is growing. Poll after poll has shown that a majority of California voters support it and it has become an issue that California elected officials have come to realize must be addressed.
ACCE Action is also a proud steering committee member of Housing NOW! – a statewide coalition that is building power to make housing affordable and combat the displacement crisis that is disproportionately impacting working class communities of color. Led by tenants, our coalition also includes allied landlords, realtors, and dozens of community, faith and labor organizations.