#YesOn10: Perspectives from Chinatown

APEN is proud to support Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act. Read on to find out why you should vote #YesOn10 on November 6.

Our members are working-class Asian Americans from all walks of life — and they have been telling us for years that one of their top priorities is passing real rent control to keep our communities together.

We believe that all people should have quality, safe, and dignified housing, and that nobody should have to wonder where they will sleep each night. Affordable housing has allowed new immigrants to build vibrant cultural communities over generations, and these communities sustain our cultures and our families. 

Our vision of strong, sustainable local economies is only possible if tenants can stay in their homes. By working together to pass Proposition 10, we can give our cities the tools we need to stop skyrocketing rents from tearing our communities apart.

APEN Leaders Lisa Change and Li Ya Chen have watched an explosion of luxury apartment buildings being built in Oakland’s Chinatown, none of it affordable for long-term residents.

They know first-hand that building more market-rate housing alone won’t stop skyrocketing rents — and that’s why they want to give cities the power to expand rent control by passing Prop 10.

APEN Leader Lisa Chen

“Prop 10 will protect my friends from being displaced from Chinatown. It is not fair for those of us who treat our home as a home, while landlords treat our home as a commodity.”

Lisa Chang, APEN Leader

APEN Leader Li Ya Chen

“Tenant protection is about giving tenants the dignity and respect that they deserve, about not having to live in constant fear of being evicted or unexpected rent raises. Prop 10 will help protect and preserve a community.”

Li Ya Chen, APEN Leader

Our members are fighting to preserve a vibrant community in Chinatown against displacement.

Join them by voting #YesOn10.

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