Our City Our Home – GLIDE has been a leading member of the “Our City Our Home” coalition and movement behind Prop C, which San Francisco voters passed by 62% in November 2018. This historic measure, which levies a small tax on corporate profits over $50 million, was designed to address the full scale of the city’s homelessness crisis, providing enough funding to end chronic, family, and youth homelessness in San Francisco. Opponents of the measure brought a lawsuit which delayed the distribution, but not the collection, of the funds.
In the meantime, GLIDE worked through the Our City Our Home coalition to advocate for increased funding for housing and services. In the budget cycle following the November 2018 passage of Prop C, this advocacy resulted in an additional 473 new housing units/subsides, 1,355 households receiving shelter and emergency back-rent services, 110 emergency housing units for homeless youth, substantially increased mental health and substance use services, additional employment services, and new 24hr public bathrooms for the neighborhood. The total budgetary increase was nearly $25 million.
Prop C had its first day in court in 2019 in San Francisco, where the judge sided strongly with our arguments, even adding several of his own to bolster our case. In June 2020, Prop C won again in the Court of Appeals. Finally, on September 9, 2020, the California Supreme Court declined to review the case against Prop C, thereby upholding the lower court’s ruling that Prop C was in fact legally passed by San Francisco voters. This outcome means we as a city will finally be able to provide sufficient resources to meet the needs of the approximately 20,000 people who experience homelessness each year in San Francisco.
April 2018: begin signature gathering to reach minimum threshold of 9,000 signatures
July 2018: reached a record breaking 26,000 signatures
July 2018: qualified for ballot
July – October 2018: fundraising, garnering thousands of volunteers, hiring more than 200 people experiencing homelessness to knock on 30,000 doors and call 69,000 voters. Won wide support from elected officials such as Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier, Phil Ting, and Mark Leno as well as various individuals like Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Roma Guy, iconic LGBT and Women’s Rights activist, Danny Glover, Chris Rock, and Marc Benioff. We had more than 100 community organizations support us, even ones which have traditionally been at odds like the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club.
November 2018: Election day – Prop C passes with 62% of voter support
July 2019: After opponents of Prop C sue to prevent its implementation, a San Francisco Superior Court judge rules Prop C won legally with its majority of 62% of the vote. The case is appealed.
June 2020: Prop C wins in the Court of Appeals.
September 2020: The California Supreme Court declines further appeal by opponents of Prop C, upholding the lower court’s decision that Prop C is legal. The SF Controller confirms that $492 million is now available for the implementation of Prop C. Prop C’s Oversight Committee of experts prepares to hold its first meeting in September.