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Mayor Lee’s Statement on San Francisco’s Consensus Housing Policy Ballot Measure

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the Board of Supervisors final approval to send the consensus housing policy measure to the November 2014 ballot:

“In January, I set forth an ambitious plan to address our City’s housing crisis, with a commitment to build and rehabilitate 30,000 new housing units by 2020, with more than 50 percent within the reach of our City’s low and middle income families. And we are making remarkable progress toward these ambitious housing goals.

However, achieving our long term goals will require our City to work together like never before. We must build more new housing every year than at any time in our history, and devote more resources – public and private – toward new housing for middle and lower income families. Today, we are taking steps to commit our housing plan as City policy and, with the endorsement of the people of San Francisco this November, ensure we develop a real funding plan to achieve it and at the same time protect against any newly proposed hurdles that would slow or impede our progress toward addressing our City’s housing crisis.

This initiative will help ensure nothing slows our progress toward meeting or exceeding our goals, and I look forward to working with Supervisors Jane Kim and London Breed and the entire Board of Supervisors, housing advocates, builders and the people of our City to pass this consensus housing measure in November so we can continue to collaborate on strategies and legislation that will advance our City’s housing goals and strengthen our diverse neighborhoods.”