Jovanka Beckles, the Bay View’s proud choice for Assembly District 10, and Danny Glover campaign together for Yes on Prop 10.

I was born in San Francisco and raised in the same neighborhood that I live in today [Bayview Hunters Point – ed.]. When I was 11 years old, my parents – both postal workers – were able to buy a home.

When I bought my own home in 1975 – the house I still live in today – I was working for the Model Cities Program in the Office of Community Development.

Today, few middle-class families can afford to purchase a home in California. There is a housing crisis in my state – and across the United States of America.

More than 500,000 people experience homelessness on a single night, and for those who do have a roof over their heads, 11 million households spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent. This disproportionately affects low income and minority households.

This housing crisis is happening not because these people aren’t working hard enough or long enough. This situation exists because rents have skyrocketed around the country while wages have remained stagnant, and our governments have done next to nothing to ensure that hard-working lower- and middle-class families don’t fall behind.

But this does not have to be the case.

In California and across the country, progressives are coming together to demand change. We need affordable housing for our communities.

On Nov. 6, voters in California will be able to vote on Proposition 10, an amendment that will let local governments determine if housing in their area should be rent controlled based on the needs of those in their communities.

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