Props. 1, 2 would create af­ford­able hous­ing

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - NATION - By Lon­don Breed Lon­don Breed is the mayor of San Fran­cisco. To com­ment, sub­mit your let­ter to the ed­i­tor at SFChron­i­­ters.

As a life­long renter, I know how pre­car­i­ous hous­ing is in the Bay Area. My grand­mother worked tire­lessly to raise my sib­lings and me, thank­ful to even keep a roof over our heads. When I was in col­lege, just as she started need­ing me to care for her, we were told our home was be­ing torn down.

I know hous­ing in­se­cu­rity isn’t an ab­stract idea; I’ve lived it. And far too many of our chil­dren, fam­i­lies and se­niors around the Bay Area are liv­ing it ev­ery day, too. One missed pay­check or an un­ex­pected car re­pair or med­i­cal bill can leave fam­i­lies with lit­tle room to keep up with ris­ing hous­ing costs.

We must create more af­ford­able hous­ing and con­front the re­lated cri­sis of home­less­ness, not only in San Fran­cisco but through­out the Bay Area.

This Novem­ber, vot­ers have the op­por­tu­nity to do ex­actly that. We can sup­port Cal­i­for­nia Propo­si­tion 1, the Vet­er­ans and Af­ford­able Hous­ing Bond Act, and Propo­si­tion 2, the No Place Like Home ini­tia­tive. Both create the af­ford­able hous­ing that chil­dren, fam­i­lies, vet­er­ans, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness need.

A good job, or even five jobs, is of­ten not enough to guar­an­tee a safe, sta­ble home. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Low In­come Hous­ing Coali­tion, a min­i­mum wage worker would need to work 218 hours a week to af­ford a mod­est twobed­room rental home in San Fran­cisco.

Prop. 1 is pro­jected to build at least 50,000 af­ford­able hous­ing units, create 137,000 jobs and in­ject $23.4 bil­lion into Cal­i­for­nia’s econ­omy. It pairs state bond rev­enue with fed­eral and lo­cal fund­ing to max­i­mize hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple all over the Bay Area.

Prop. 2 sup­ports peo­ple suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness and home­less­ness by build­ing sta­ble hous­ing and ex­pand­ing men­tal health ser­vices. It would create up to 20,000 per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing units and pair that hous­ing with men­tal health, sub­stance use and med­i­cal care. Prop. 2 would strengthen part­ner­ships among doc­tors, law en­force­ment, men­tal health and home­less ser­vice providers to help peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness who are home­less or at risk of be­com­ing home­less.

I am ded­i­cated to keep­ing peo­ple in the af­ford­able homes they have now, help­ing those with­out af­ford­able homes get ac­cess to them, and de­vel­op­ing the sup­port­ive hous­ing that those suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness need. But this isn’t just about San Fran­cisco, and cities alone can’t solve these prob­lems.

We need so­lu­tions that can help the en­tire Bay Area ad­dress af­ford­able hous­ing and home­less­ness. We need to come to­gether and meet this chal­lenge with re­gional and statewide strate­gies.

Let’s take the first step by say­ing yes to Props. 1 and 2 on Nov. 6.

Jes­sica Chris­tian / The Chron­i­cle

Mayor Lon­don Breed speaks at the open­ing of an af­ford­able hous­ing com­plex in Chi­na­town in Septem­ber.

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