Berkeley is in the midst of an affordability crisis. Skyrocketing rents hurt all Berkeleyans, straining household budgets and forcing members of our community to leave for other cities. The influx of market rate units without providing an adequate number of affordable units and exodus of working families from Berkeley threatens the economic and cultural diversity of our city.
Jesse is committed to the long-term affordability of Berkeley properties. Our office believes this can be achieved through a rigorous set of development standards and housing programs, including building more housing along major transit corridors, creating a Small Sites Program to help nonprofit developers buy and manage below-market rate multi-family units, and implementing a Neighborhood Preference policy for inclusionary housing. With community support, we can make our city a welcoming and economically-inclusive place.