Keeping the Richmond Affordable
Advocating for innovative affordable housing policies to keep our neighborhood strong
Growing up in the Richmond, I learned the value of serving others and giving back to the community. These experiences shaped my life as a teacher and non-profit leader. I love this neighborhood, and am now raising a family of my own here. I want to see the next generation, including my own children, have the same wonderful opportunities and experiences that I did.
Unfortunately, more and more families are unable to live in the District due to increasing rents and the lack of affordable housing options. Currently, only one-third of families can afford the asking rent — requiring a household income of $120,000 per year.
As rents continue to rise faster than income levels, I will work with the City to develop affordable housing policies that support first-time buyers and keep people in their homes.
As a former board member of ASIAN, Inc. I helped low-income immigrants get a second chance and become homeowners through programs such as foreclosure prevention and first-time homebuyer counseling. I support increased funding for these essential programs that help our community remain strong, diverse, and vibrant.
I also support the following policies so that all families, regardless of background or income-level, can find a safe, affordable place to live in the Richmond.
- Building Affordable Housing Responsibly — As rents in the district continue to increase, many working and middle-class families are being forced to relocate. I will gather community input and work collaboratively with developers and the City to expand affordable housing options in a thoughtful way that makes sense for our community and ensures seniors and low-income and working-class families can continue to call the Richmond home.
- Protecting Renters — Recent data shows that the number of rent-burdened residents, those paying over 30 percent of their income on rent, has grown to over 44 percent in the District. With rent prices continuing to soar across the city, I support rent control measures that provide stability and keep individuals and families in their homes. I will also fight to close the Ellis Act loopholes that allow speculators to profit from evicting long-term renters.
- Increasing New Homeownership — A recent community needs assessment shows that 89% of renters in the Richmond cannot afford the current sales prices of homes. I will advocate for innovative ways to increase new homeownership including down payment assistance for teachers, nurses, and first responders.
I believe that in order for development to be done right, it must be done together. I will work to ensure everyone has a seat at the table when making decisions that impact our community and that neighborhood input is a part of every conversation.
As your Supervisor, I will fight to keep the Richmond affordable and will work with you to ensure our community continues to grow, adapt, and thrive.