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supporting tenant relocation assistance

From: domainremoved <Bob>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:45:52 -0800

Dear Mayor Mueller and City Councilmembers,

I encourage you to support the tenant relocation assistance ordinance at
your January 29th meeting.

In 2018, one of my friends and former colleagues who had resided for five
years in Menlo Park was hit with a 40% rent increase. It took three months
of intensive searching to find an apartment she could afford that was no
further than an hour and a half commute away from her workplace. In those
three months, she paid over 70% of her income in rent. She was lucky to be
a single woman in her late twenties with enough savings to weather the
situation. Most Menlo Park renters are not, and evictions are now a leading
cause of homelessness in the Bay Area.

As we all know, the rapidly increasing cost of housing affects many
citizens of Menlo Park. The ultimate solution to this can only be building
new housing, and I encourage you to prioritize the topic of housing policy
as a priority for the year. However, requiring landlords to provide three
months of relocation assistance at a sharp rent increase or a no-fault
eviction is a moderate and sensible response to mitigate the worst of the
housing crisis for Menlo Park residents.

Thank you,
Bob McGrew

Resident of Menlo Park
Received on Mon Jan 28 2019 - 13:42:32 PST

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