Remove the state-wide ban on rent control so municipalities can take action to stabilize rents and protect tenants.
Rent control is any policy that directly regulates or limits landlords’ ability to raise rents on an annual basis. For instance, a city may limit increases to a certain percentage, or according to some other formula. Rent control provides tenants with the security of knowing they won’t be priced out due to arbitrary and excessive increases in rent. These types of local policies were banned by the state legislature in 1988. We support a repeal of this ban on rent control.
“Social housing is a public option for housing that is permanently affordable, protected from the private market, and publicly owned by the government or under democratic community control by non-profit and cooperative entities. Around the world, robust social housing programs have ended affordable housing shortages; expanded democratic accountability and equitable housing access; and raised populations out of poverty and into prosperity.”2 Social housing is built to house people well, rather than deliver a profit to developers & managers. States and municipalities in the US are initiating social housing programs anchored by a new generation of public-sector housing development agencies.
We support a $4 billion state infusion into social housing, to be administered regionally by public developers. This amount could directly support approximately 40-50,000 new social housing units3, which would make significant progress towards the state-established goal of building 75,000 total new homes over the next 5 years.4
$1 billion for people experiencing and at risk of homelessness in FY25 state budget
Housing First is a successful and evidence-based approach to reducing homelessness that focuses on providing housing to people, rather than criminalizing or pathologizing them.5 We support a $1 billion state infusion into programs of direct service, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing, with a housing first lens. These funds should be distributed and administered regionally.
A Renter's Bill of Rights
Renters around the country are insisting on more protections against landlord abuse and empowerment of renters as a class. Michigan renters need these rights and protections as much as any. A Renters Bill of Rights may include fair chance housing for returning citizens, tenants’ right to organize and have counsel, relocation assistance in case of red tagging, increased safety inspection standards, legal protection against discrimination based on housing status, just cause eviction, renter agency for repairs, a ban on hidden rental fees, and other such policies.
These sums are large, but the need is larger. These policies will halt, and begin to reverse, the spiraling housing crisis that is impacting so many of us and our loved ones.
1. The budget to be negotiated in spring 2024 and beginning October 1 2024
3. Assumptions: $335k per-unit development cost; 1:4 project funding leverage
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- Detroit Disability Power
- Detroit Homeless Union
- Detroit Jews for Justice
- Edgewood United Church Justice
- Elbert Williams Voting Corner
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- Fund MI Future
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- Greater Lansing DSA
- Haven House
- Huron Valley DSA
- Hydrate Detroit
- Indivisible Michigan 7
- Inter-Cooperative Council at Ann Arbor
- James and Grace Lee Boggs Center
- MI People’s Campaign
- MI Poor People’s Campaign
- Michael Thompson Clemency Project
- Michigan Institute for Progressive Policy
- Michigan Mosaic Energy Cooperative
- Michigan Student Power Association
- Michigan Tenants Assembly
- Moratorium NOW! Coalition
- Nation Outside
- North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)
- Northern Michigan and UP Democrats (UP North Dems)
- One Love Global
- Peace Education Center
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- Punks With Lunch
- Southeast Michigan Jobs With Justice
- Spartan Housing Cooperative
- Sunrise Ann Arbor
- Sunrise MSU
- Undergraduate ACLU at the University of Michigan
- We The People – MI
- Women’s Center of Greater Lansing
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