Housing -- Both Affordable AND Market Rate

Politicians present San Franciscans with a false choice: that we have to pick either affordable housing or market rate housing; that they compete for space in our city.  But in fact, we can -- and must -- build both affordable AND market rate housing. Without market rate housing, we put too pressure on existing housing -- and that’s when displacement happens.

San Francisco could make 5 times as much land available for affordable housing right now if we eliminated zoning restrictions on 5+ unit buildings that cover 78.6% of the city.

I have been organizing pro-housing renters since 2014. As the founder of Bay Area Renters Federation, the California Legal Advocacy and Education Fund and co-founder of YIMBY Action, I have been advocating for pro-housing policies at the local and state levels since I arrived in San Francisco. Check out this Planet Money Podcast about our movement(Want to read more? Click here for media coverage of my housing policy and advocacy.

Housing is my calling and as D6 Supervisor I will make eliminating obstacles to building more affordable housing my number one priority.

Homelessness... is about Housing, too

Homelessness ravages our community. We can resolve the homelessness crisis by ensuring adequate affordable housing and expanding critical safety net services. The obvious and necessary solution to homelessness is to build more housing, especially supportive and affordable housing.

District 6 provides much of this housing, and while we can provide more, the rest of the city needs to do its part. We also must increase shelter space as an interim option for people to get off the streets. And for those who cannot make decisions for themselves, we need to expand conservatorship laws to be able to provide them help.

All of this requires better coordination between the agencies that deal with homelessness. It will be my priority as D6 Supervisor to build strong relationships with all of the stakeholders working on homelessness.

Safe and Clean Streets

District 6 has welcomed tens of thousands of new residents in the last decade; unfortunately, the street level infrastructure has not kept up. We are still living in a neighborhood built for cars not people. We can rebuild District 6 to prioritize human life - walking, biking and usable open space. This means making more wider sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes, and more room for recreation.

Responsiveness to Constituents

A Supervisor's first responsibility is to be available and responsive to the needs of her constituents. Broad public policy goals are important, and District 6 residents deserve a supervisor that will advocate for them within the city bureaucracy. That includes finding money to deliver traffic cops at high traffic intersections during rush hour, getting the attention of the Department of Public Works for a specific block, or helping mediate issues between residents or businesses in a way that is fair to all parties. Please feel free to get in touch with me now; I am available by email at sonja@sonja2018.org.

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