David Chiu, along with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, designed a solution to address San Francisco’s – and California’s—housing affordability crisis that would provide nearly $1 billion in state and federal funds for the development and preservation of affordable homes in California (AB 35). While the bill received the support of 118 state legislators and hundreds of organizations representing housing advocates, local governments, non-profit and business leadership, it was vetoed by the Governor. David remains committed to identifying solutions that address the affordable housing crisis facing San Francisco and California.
As a long-time advocate for disaster preparedness, David has focused on ensuring tenants are safe in the event of an earthquake. David’s bill to expand the so-called Brace + Bolt program to allow multi-family residential buildings that house low-income tenants to access a statewide earthquake retrofit program was incorporated in the 2015-16 budget (AB 1429).
David was a co-author of Senator Mark Leno’s bill to reform the Ellis Act; had it passed, it would have provided relief to San Francisco tenants who have faced evictions in recent years during our city’s affordable housing crisis (SB 364).