Mayor Lee on Approval of State Housing Package
“I applaud the Governor and state legislature for passing a landmark affordable housing package that will help tackle California’s mounting housing crisis. This critical housing deal was made possible due to the tremendous leadership of our state legislative leaders and our City’s representatives, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu and Assemblymember Phil Ting.
It is particularly appropriate that this package of bills was signed today, right here in our city, as we are creating housing at a rapid pace. In San Francisco, we have committed to building 30,000 new and rehabilitated housing units by 2020, and with more than 17,000 units created, we are well on our way to meeting this goal. Earlier this week, I signed an Executive Directive that will increase the rate of building in our City, allowing us to create 5,000 housing units each year for the foreseeable future.
The combination of measures signed today will complement San Francisco’s current work by streamlining the development of affordable housing and providing a sustainable source of funding to build new homes, as well as provide shelter for our residents experiencing homelessness.
Affordable housing remains a significant issue throughout California, so we are grateful that our state leaders are rising up to address this challenge.
By passing these pieces of legislation, our state leaders are providing resources for families currently in need while establishing a foundation for long-term affordability in California.”