Building Stronger Neighborhoods
The impacts of our state’s housing shortage are being felt in every city, community and neighborhood in California. Here in the Bay Area, the shortage has reached a crisis point. Housing construction has not kept pace with increasing demand, and a lack of affordable housing has made it harder for families to enter and remain in the middle class.
Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues facing our communities, and it presents real public health and safety challenges. In the Assembly, I will champion bold solutions that utilize a regional approach, working to fast-track the construction of affordable housing and provide the resources to get people into permanent housing with services for mental health, substance abuse and job training.
We need to consider not only where people live but also where they work. I want to make it easier for localities to streamline housing approvals while working toward greater housing density through minimum zoning standards, while making crucial investments in transit-oriented and affordable housing development to achieve equity and address the needs of all community members.