Comstock, June 11, 2018

“Sacramento Needs Rent Control” by SHA Board President Cathy Creswell

Between 2016 and 2017, Sacramento suffered a staggering average 9.9 percent rent increase — the largest year-to-year increase in the country. Compounding this hardship, Sacramento landlords evicted 2,044 households in 2016, which was the third-highest number among California’s 57 largest cities, according to a study by the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Escalating rents and the eviction crisis directly relate to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness. According to a recent report by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, every $100 median rent increase is associated with between a 15-39 percent increase in homelessness. Sadly, this trend shows littl