Share Better Campaign Goes National
SHARE BETTER CAMPAIGN GOES NATIONAL
Share Better San Francisco Coalition Will Hold Airbnb & Other Illegal Hotels Accountable
NEW YORK – Building on the successful launch of its campaign in New York City earlier this year, Share Better announced today that it is joining forces with the coalition that is fighting Airbnb and the rise of short-term residential rentals to tourists in San Francisco.
“Communities across the country are struggling with same problems caused by Airbnb and other illegal hotel operations,” said Share Better spokesperson James Freedland. “Housing is cannibalized, rents are rising, neighbors and landlords are at risk, laws are going unenforced and taxes uncollected. This is a nationwide phenomenon and that’s why we’re mounting a national campaign to hold scofflaws accountable.”
As part of this national effort, San Franciscans for Neighborhoods, Affordable Housing & Jobs, the campaign committee organized to support a November 2015 ballot measure regulating short-term residential rentals, is changing its name to Share Better SF. It is supported by civic leaders, tenant and landlord associations, unions, neighborhood organizations, and affordable housing advocates.
Share Better is in discussions to expand the campaign to additional cities in the U.S. early next year.
“We’ve each had success in our hometowns. Moving forward, we can be stronger and more effective by coordinating efforts around data, research, communications, and strategy and tactics. We have a simple message from coast to coast: share better or it’s check-out time,” said Dale Carlson, a leader of the Share Better SF coalition.
The expanded Share Better campaign will leverage paid media, grassroots organizing, public education, ballot measures and legislative action to prevent the illegal hotel industry from evading taxes and removing scarce affordable housing from tight rental markets. “We’ll be pressing for effective, enforceable regulations on short-term residential rentals and an end to sweetheart deals,” said Carlson.
“Support for our coalition is growing every day because communities across the country are fed up with Airbnb and other illegal hotels that refuse to play by the rules. Joining forces is a significant step forward in the fight for greater accountability and affordability in cities across the country,” said Freedland of Share Better.
Members of the Share Better San Francisco coalition include Housing Rights Committee and the San Francisco Apartment Association; UNITE HERE, Local 2; the West of Twin Peaks Central Council and the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council; Senior and Disability Action; the Council of Community Housing Organizations; San Francisco Information Clearinghouse; former Supervisor Aaron Peskin; former Planning Commissioner Doug Engmann; and former Planning Commissioner Dennis Antenore (among many others).