Location: Atlanta City Hall, 2nd floor in the Committee Room
Atlanta just moved a step closer towards rent control and we need your help to keep moving towards this game-changing possibility! Earlier this week Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown introduced a resolution to City Council that will push the State of Georgia to lift the Georgia statewide ban on rent control.
On Wednesday 01/15 at 1:00 pm the City of Atlanta Finance/Executive Committee will hear the resolution and decide whether it will go on to full Council for their approval. Can we count on you to show up at the Finance Committee hearing and to let them know that you are in full support of this critical resolution? If you can’t make the meeting, email the Finance Committee and let them know this resolution is critical if Atlanta is going to be a livable city for anyone besides the ultra-rich (example email included below for your use. Takes 2 minutes and will put this on the front of their minds leading into the meeting!).
Currently a landlord in Atlanta’s private rental market can raise the rent on a tenant as much as they like with no limitations whatsoever. Between 2000 and 2017 the median rent in Atlanta rose 70 percent. The results are catastrophic in a majority-renter city where now only 25 percent of low-income renters have access to affordable housing.
Rent control is the public policy that can be implemented with the most immediate and wide-ranging impact. Studies have shown that strong rent control policies do far more to stabilize renters’ housing than subsidy programs that suffer from insufficient funds and continue to prioritize landlords’ profits. A rent-controlled Atlanta would mean less poverty and political marginalization, and improvements in education, public health, and quality of life.
We have a ways to go before the City of Atlanta sees rent control become a reality and we will only get there with unrelenting tenant organizing. Let’s start that organizing off strong next Wednesday at the Finance Committee meeting.
Email the Finance Committee! Takes 2 minutes. It’s great if you can personalize your email and explain why rent control would matter to you personally. Emailing can make a big difference and shift the focus of the meeting!
Committee Chair, Jennifer Ide: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Committee members:
Natalyn Mosby Archibong email@example.com
Joyce Sheperd firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Shook email@example.com
Andre Dickens firstname.lastname@example.org
JP Matzigkeit email@example.com
Matt Westmoreland firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Jennifer Ide,
I am writing in support of Antonio Brown’s Resolution to encourage the Georgia General Assembly to lift the prohibition on the regulation of rents by local governments.
Currently the City of Atlanta is deeply limited in its ability to meaningfully address high levels of poverty and displacement faced by its residents, due in large part to harmful rent burdens. Lifting the State’s prohibition and the passing of rent control legislation in Atlanta would stabilize and improve life for Atlanta’s majority-renter population.
I am asking that you pass this Resolution on to full Council so that they may give final approval for it to go on to the Georgia General Assembly.
Thank you for prioritizing the people of Atlanta in your decision.