Every Californian Deserves Safe, Affordable Housing
Under Amanda’s 21st Century Bill of Rights, every Californian will have a right to safe and affordable housing. California is facing a homelessness crisis and a dire shortage of affordable housing. These problems will not be fixed quickly or easily.
Under this pillar of the Bill of Rights, Amanda’s initial priorities as Governor will be to:
1. Declare homelessness a State of Emergency in our hardest hit cities in order to unlock new tools for immediately addressing homelessness
2. Support passage of this year’s $4 billion housing bond, which will provide additional funds for low-income housing and help to cover the cost of home loans for veterans
3. Repeal Costa-Hawkins, which prevents local communities from making their own decisions on rent control
4. Expand tax credits and housing assistance for low income and middle-class families
5. Partner with cities and counties to solicit federal funds for housing development
Housing policy is the result of a complex interplay between local, state, and federal laws. Amanda’s experience working across these levels will make her the right person to tackle this crisis.
Amanda has worked directly with cities and counties on economic development, utilizing federal grants and partnerships to improve conditions in local areas. Her experience working with policies such as New Market Tax Credits, Community Development Financial Institutions, and Opportunity Zones will be critical as California tackles its housing crisis.
After earning her Master’s degree in business at Harvard, Amanda worked as a Special Consultant and Budget Analyst for the City of San Jose. In this role, she oversaw a $2 billion budgeting process for three city departments and managed a community program that was partially funded by Redevelopment Agency resources.
In the US Senate, Amanda’s job as an economic policy advisor included the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Her work on housing tax policy through the Senate Finance
Committee will also be critical as California grapples with the recently passed tax reform bill and its unique impact on Californians.