Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after Speaker Toni Atkins today appointed him Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee:
“Having a roof over your head must not be a luxury in California. I appreciate this appointment by Speaker Atkins and look forward to continuing to fight the affordable housing crisis that is afflicting San Francisco, the Bay Area, and our entire state. With a shortage of more than 1.5 million affordable homes in California, and with so many people without a home at all, we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must improve our housing policies to address the growing inequality in our state.”
The committee’s jurisdiction includes affordable housing, building standards, housing redevelopment, homeless programs, housing finance, land use planning, and rent control.
Assemblymember Chiu is a longtime advocate of affordable housing. As President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2009 to 2014, he authored numerous ordinances to combat San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis, including measures to build affordable housing for homeless veterans, to provide affordable housing preferences to evicted tenants, and to create a pathway to legalization for in-law units. As a freshman in Sacramento this year, Assemblymember Chiu partnered with Speaker Atkins on Assembly Bill 35, which would have doubled funding for the state’s affordable housing tax credit program; the bill passed both the Assembly and the State Senate with near unanimity but was vetoed by Governor Brown. Prior to elected office, David Chiu served as Board Chairman of an affordable housing nonprofit organization.
Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.