Affordable Housing is an issue that will not be solved by one city
alone; however I'm proud of my work on this issue in the last 5 years.
I have supported increased density of housing along transit
corridors. I voted for a Below Market Rate ordinance with priority for
public safety personnel. I have supported using our affordable housing
dollars to save subsidized apartment complexes from reverting to
market rate. I have used my Mayoral corporate visits to urge business
support of the Housing Trust Fund. I have met with local apartment
owners to urge their involvement in local initiatives to ease the
housing crisis for at-risk residents. I am a vocal supporter of our
latest initiative to build an efficiency studio apartment in the city.
I have served on the steering committee of the Silicon Valley
Manufacturing Group/Greenbelt Alliance Housing Solutions Report and
currently serve on the Housing Leadership Council.
In both of my previous campaigns, I have been in favor of
increasing ownership opportunities at a variety of price levels for
Mountain View residents. A
specific example is one phase of the Crossings project.
Originally designed as a combination of rental and ownership
units, the developer discovered that financing was not available for
this type of project and came to Council requesting to convert it to
all rental. I was vocal
in proposing that it be converted to all ownership to increase our
stock of multiple-family ownership units.
The first project to be subject to the Below Market Rate ordinance
has just been approved and will generate nearly 1 million dollars
which can be leveraged with state, federal and non-profit funding to
build over 40 units of affordable housing in the city.
I will continue to work on the local, regional and national levels
to make sure that every part of the community - government, corporate,
and non-profit - is focused on looking for every possible solution to
maintain housing for economically diverse communities.