To fix the housing crisis, we must protect those who are here already, and also expand the housing supply to relieve overcrowding and welcome newcomers. Neither alone is enough, we can do both.
Protecting Existing Tenants
- Fund legal representation for tenants to make sure existing housing laws get enforced.
- Strengthen rent control and other tenant protections. Ban owner move in evictions to the maximum extent allowed by state law.
- Assist community land trusts and cooperatives in purchasing existing buildings to make them permanently affordable.
- Apply affordable housing percentages/fees to flipped properties.
Expanding Housing Supply
- Legalize tiny houses and house cars. Provide public baths.
- More accessory dwelling units. Allow ADU's to be sold separately to provide low cost homeownership opportunities.
- Encourage conversion of mansions into duplexes and boarding houses.
- Raise property transfer and luxury taxes to fund mixed income social housing, at least 100 units a year.
- Zone for new homes near transit. Expand bus service and restore Claremont Avenue light rail.
Specific Approaches to New Housing
Protecting Neighborhood Character - Building New Landmarks
Preserving character doesn't mean rejecting apartments entirely. At heart, my background and work experience is as an artist and designer. Design guidelines can ensure that new buildings match the style of their neighbors, and most importantly, match how they meet the street, with front porches, gardens, quirky artwork, and front doors for first floor apartments. Existing houses can be repurposed as the community room.
We have a unique collection of neighborhoods developed in the early 1900s that can be enhanced with new landmarks that share the artistic detailing and earthy colors of Berkeley's brown shingle and other early 20th century homes.
Smol is beautiful!
There's no reason that housing can only be built by big developers. While taller buildings make efficient use of land near BART stations and shopping districts, those few blocks alone should not be expected to handle all the new housing. By allowing land and buildings to be divided, small homes can be built, financed, and designed by ordinary homeowners or renters looking to buy their first house.