The Jewish Case for Rent Stabilization

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TCJewfolk just published an opinion piece by JCA Housing Organizer-emeritus Aaron Berc titled The Jewish Case for Rent Stabilization.

For four and half years, Aaron led grassroots organizing for housing justice and helped win critical policies that protected tenants' rights. In this piece, he distills how Jewish values led him, and JCA, to support the rent stabilization ballot measures in Minneapolis and St. Paul:

"The Torah shows us that we must speak into being the visions of a better world before they can be real. For years, JCA’s Housing and Economic Justice campaigns have shown a light on the ways the housing market impacts our most vulnerable neighbors; how landlords acting in bad faith neglect repairs, tow residents’ cars, and indiscriminately raise rents. Rent stabilization is an immediate solution to stopping the drastic rent increases that cause displacement of our most marginalized neighbors, while still allowing rents to increase for taxes, inflation, and the like.

Rent stabilization puts into law a thing us Jews have known for thousands of years, that we are obligated to protect and keep each other. If we believe housing is a human right, we must first pass rent stabilization this fall."


In the midst of an urgent housing crisis in the Twin Cities, Aaron's words remind us how important it is to put our Jewish values into action, right here, right now. 

We are mobilizing our community to do just that. There are only 10 days left to vote in these elections, and we need your help to get the word about this critical ballot initiatives.

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