What do you believe to be the appropriate role of local government in approaching homelessness?
Local government’s role is to advocate on behalf of those people that are under-represented or not represented at all. People who are homeless fit into one of these two categories. Therefore, in addressing poverty issues locally, homelessness has to be factored into policy.
As supervisor, what, if anything, would you attempt to do to address homelessness in San Francisco?
The current “transitional housing” is insufficient. I would advocate a “permanent housing” approach that would place the homeless in current vacant units citywide, publicly-subsidized by a locally-funded voucher program.
How would you handle San Francisco’s affordable housing shortage?
I advocate a progressive housing policy that will mandate all future housing construction in our city meet 100% affordability goals, as opposed to the current 15% set-asides. I also advocate preserving & protecting current affordable housing through a moratorium on conversions & demolitions.
What is your opinion of Care Not Cash?
I don’t support “Care Not Cash” and think the policy should be repealed. It is a mean-spirited program intended to drive poor people out of our city, and that’s not what San Francisco is all about.