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The Affordable Housing Candidate

Housing affordability has long been a top priority for Giselle Hale. As a child, she grew up in poverty, struggling with housing insecurity. Her husband was a foster child, moving from home to home. As newlyweds they spent the first 5 years of their marriage sharing a rental with roommates to make ends meet. 

 

That is why she has always made addressing the housing affordability crisis one of her top priorities. It’s a tough issue that requires courage and tenacity, and when it comes to fighting for her community, Giselle has both in spades.

 

Giselle joined the Redwood City Planning Commission in 2014 to help solve our affordability crisis. She has led on the Bay Area's most innovative housing policies and getting real results. 

 

As your Assemblymember, Giselle will start on day 1 with more housing leadership experience than many of her colleagues. 

 

Giselle will be your champion on creating affordable housing. 

Putting San Mateo County on a path to “functional zero homelessness”

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Giselle smiling on groundbreaking day for the Navigation Center

  • Worked to establish the largest Safe Parking program in San Mateo County, helping unhoused residents get off the streets and providing them with mental health services, clean water and sanitary waste removal. Most residents who have gone through the program are now permanently housed. 

  • Coordinated with Downtown Streets Team, a non-profit that works to provide job skills and services to people in need.

  • Allocated funding to convert three hotels into housing for people experiencing homelessness and at-risk seniors over 62.

  • Negotiated the construction of a landmark 260-bed homeless navigation center to help people get off the streets and onto a path to permanent housing. This center is expected to be transformative for solving homelessness in San Mateo County.

Cleaning the streets of Redwood City with members of the Downtown Streets Team

Ensuring that San Mateo County is a place everyone can afford.

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  • During her leadership on the Planning Commission and Council, Redwood City approved more affordable housing than any other city in San Mateo County. 

  • Collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to approve 20 affordable downtown condominiums.

  • Helped concept the Redwood City School District Housing Project, which will provide affordable housing specifically for educators and classified staff in Redwood City.

  • Created housing solutions that don’t contribute to traffic congestion – in fact, her creative solutions have led to a 73% increase in CalTrain ridership.

  • Has advanced solutions to manage water with additional growth. Redwood City has kept water usage stable through an innovative recycled water program.

  • Worked to create Arroyo Greens Apartments, a project built in City land that provides 117 senior very low income housing units, including set asides for veterans and seniors with acute mental illness above a childcare center that serves 70 children.

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Ribbon cutting: cutting the ribbon on Arroyo Green!

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