The Jersey City branch of the NAACP announced its opposition to a ballot measure that would ban short term rentals in New Jersey’s second largest city.
“By targeting the 70 percent of Jersey City residents who are tenants — the majority of whom are people of color — this ban amounts to nothing more than economic discrimination, plain and simple,” Jersey City NAACP President Nathaniel Legay said. “Even worse, it will promote the Tale of Two Cities that has long existed here, satisfying the few while leaving the rest of us who rely on the short-term rental economy hung out to dry.”
The ban’s backers have argued that short term rentals like those negotiated through services like Airbnb increase rents for city residents and reduce the amount of affordable housing.
It’s opponents, including short-term rental giant Airbnb, have contested those claims and poured significant funds into fighting the ban.
“Along with our strong belief in the importance of this issue, we feel especially called to stand up for justice now, given the ugly political harassment that short-term rental hosts of color have experienced throughout this campaign, simply for speaking out for their rights and livelihoods-and their right to vote,” Legay said. “When we fight, we win — and that’s why we are calling on Jersey City to join us in voting no this November.”