Over 40% of Jacksonville’s residents live below the poverty line. That is a horrible thing to have to say and read about. But when housing costs are rising faster than income rates and working families are spending more than half of their paychecks on rent and mortgages, we create conditions for homelessness and shelter insecurity. According to Harvard researchers more than half of renters spend 30 percent or more on rent compared with 20 percent in 1960. Housing is an essential part of human survival and everyone should have an opportunity to participate in the experience of owning their own home. It is past time for Rent Control legislation that puts a cap on rent, bans fees that penalize poor people, expands public housing access, and bans ICE raids.