An Affordable City for ALL of Us

I grew up in Plaza East public housing in the Western Addition. Housing insecurity isn’t just an abstract point of policy for me. I’ve lived it. When I was in college, we were told our home was being torn down. It was up to me and my grandmother, the woman who cared for me all my life and now needed to be cared for, to find a new place to live.

With my grandma, growing up in public housing in the Western Addition
At the Robert B. Pitts public housing apartments in the Western Addition, highlighting an ambitious $1.69 billion program to rehab 4,584 public housing units for 8,000 low-income San Franciscans.
  • I am championing the Housing For All measure raising the tax on commercial rents to generate $1 billion and provide over 10,000 homes for middle income families, and hundreds more to help move people off our street. Our measure stabilizes current renters in their apartments through the Small Sites Acquisition Program and provides new units in new buildings.
  • I passed groundbreaking Neighborhood Preference legislation that prioritizes neighborhood residents for the affordable units in their community. As a result, we are seeing an increase in local residents moving into new affordable housing. And when the federal government tried to stop our legislation, I took a redeye flight to Washington and changed their minds.
  • I co-sponsored HOME-SF, which allowed for transit-oriented projects to include more homes in exchange for the inclusion of a greater number of affordable units and a focus on family-friendly units (2 or more bedrooms).
  • With Mayor Lee, I was the lead sponsor on our $310 million housing bond in 2015, Prop A. And I was the lead co-sponsor on the $261 million affordable housing bond in 2016, Prop. C.
  • I wrote and passed Neighborhood Commercial Transit District legislation to maximize transit-oriented housing in my district. When political opponents demanded I rescind it, I said absolutely not. We must prioritize infill housing.
  • I have fought for the right to civil counsel for tenants facing eviction. People deserve a lawyer when their home is on the line. In 2016, nearly 1,800 eviction notices were served in the City, and 90% of the tenants were unrepresented by legal counsel.
  • I spent more than a year negotiating with the property owner to acquire the McDonald’s location on Haight and Stanyan streets to build 100% affordable housing. Without this acquisition, there were very few other opportunities to build affordable housing in the Haight Ashbury community.
  • I wrote and passed legislation to remove parking minimums and allow unused spaces in buildings to be converted into new housing.
  • I’ve helped invest city resources to create more affordable housing in San Francisco, with a particular focus on addressing the teacher shortage we’re facing today.
  • I secured $2 million to renovate vacant public housing units for 179 formerly homeless families ensuring they were not left waiting in our shelters.
  • In partnership with labor unions, I recently announced a giant step forward toward building modular housing. Modular housing allows us to build supportive housing for the homeless more quickly and affordably.
  1. Protect and expand our affordable and rent-controlled housing stock.
  2. Increase funding for all types of housing preservation and creation.
  3. Keep Mayor Lee’s commitment to build 5,000 units per year.
  4. Fund and build hundreds of modular homes for homeless people.
  5. Build housing on underutilized sites around the City, working with neighbors and property owners as we did at McDonald’s on Haight.
  6. Reform San Francisco’s archaic approval process for code-compliant new housing and streamline the application process, with automatic approval for code-compliant, 100% affordable projects.

45th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco