Lawmakers in California are seeking funding to campaign for the removal of an old law that allows the public to veto affordable housing projects in their neighborhoods.
The law, which was put in place in 1950, is the last in the nation of its sort. Such laws were often used to keep Black families from moving into predominantly white areas. Politicians in Sacramento also claim the law makes it harder for poor families to afford housing in the state, where the average single-family home comes in at $800,000.
The effort to change the law, which would require a change to the actual state constitution, requires a large multimedia campaign to convince voters to back the amendment. Such a campaign could cost upward of $20 million, according to The Business Journal. The bulk of the funds would come from private donors, requiring a statewide grassroots strategy.
If the funds are not raised in time to put the question of whether to strike the law on the 2022 ballot later this year, the next chance to do so would be 2024. The deadline for lawmakers to decide whether to add the item to this year’s ballot is June 30.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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