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Standing up for Tenants and Affordable Housing

Breaking ground for new affordable housing

David has been a tenant for 19 years in San Francisco, and served as Chair of the Board of Directors for an affordable housing nonprofit before he was elected to public office.  David has consistently spearheaded efforts to protect and expand affordable housing opportunities for all San Franciscans.

  • Prioritized victims of Ellis Act evictions for affordable housing, and provided funding that leveraged thousands of hours of pro-bono assistance to low-income tenants.
  • Legalized tens of thousands of in-law units to ensure some of San Francisco's most vulnerable residents have access to the same legal protections extended to all tenants in San Francisco.
  • Made it easier for tenants with financial hardships to receive exemptions from rent increases, and created housing cooperatives that permit affordable home ownership by low-income residents.
  • Developed incentives for the construction of senior housing, creating permanently affordable rental housing for homeless veterans, and built housing for transitional-age youth who were formerly homeless.
  • Protected affordable housing inclusionary requirements by ensuring that major new developments contribute significantly to meeting our city’s affordable housing needs.
  • Allowed the significant backlog of thousands of tenancy-in-common owners to bypass the TIC lottery and convert to condominiums, while protecting tenants living in those units.
  • Closed loopholes that allowed international corporations to displace permanent tenants with short-term stays by corporate visitors.