Empty Home Tax

Fund Affordable Housing

Empty Home Tax

Fund Affordable Housing

Get ready to vote and win in November

Get register, keeping talking to your neighbors and donate to help us win!

We turned in over 6000 signatures and have been certified to be on the November 2022 ballot. The City Council called for an election at their June 28th meeting.


Our community showed up BIG to collect signatures to get the Empty Home Tax on the ballot; all neighborhoods, all ages, property owners, and renters alike. Now we need you to join us in the fight to win in November. We need you to get registered to vote and we need $$ to stand up to the opposition that is well funded and already mobilizing.  One mailing costs around $7000, yard signs cost about $5 each, printing costs at a union shop, hiring a campaign staffer part time at a living wage for three months, and other costs means we need to raise at least $30,000 to mount a robust campaign. Please register to vote, DONATE if your are able and stay tuned for events and actions kicking off in August.

How it works

The Empty Home Tax WILL NOT tax places where people live (e.g. primary residences, rentals and ADUs).


The Empty Home Tax WILL NOT likely apply to you or to the overwhelming majority of people who live in Santa Cruz.

The Empty Home Tax WILL allow property owners to choose how they want to support the community.

They can LIVE IN ITRENT IT→ OR PAY THE TAX.

The Empty Home Tax WILL create a dedicated funding source for affordable housing in our community

The Empty Home Tax WILL NOT tax places where people live (e.g. primary residences, rentals and ADUs).

The Empty Home Tax WILL NOT likely apply to you or to the overwhelming majority of people who live in Santa Cruz.

The Empty Home Tax WILL allow property owners to choose how they want to support the community. They can LIVE IN IT → RENT IT→ OR PAY THE TAX.

The Empty Home Tax WILL create a dedicated funding source for affordable housing in our community

Community Driven
Focused on Solutions

Making a Real Impact

The Santa Cruz Empty Home Tax project is a community driven ballot initiative to increase affordable housing options in the city of Santa Cruz by creating a long-term funding stream to create affordable housing.

Funding Affordable Housing

Revenue generated from the Empty Home Tax will be stored in a special fund that can only be used to develop the kind of housing we need most that is for extremely low, very low, low income.

A Santa Cruz for All

We are focused on helping provide solutions to ensure that our teachers, services workers and everyone that helps make Santa Cruz great can afford to live here and thrive.

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