On Monday, I was privileged to join Mayor Lee and Supervisor Eric Mar for the grand opening of St. Peter's Place, which will offer 20 new affordable housing units for developmentally disabled adults on 29th Avenue between Geary and Clement. St. Peter's Place is a national model for the deep need for affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults in San Francisco and across the nation.
I also joined Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Hiroshi Inomata, the Consulate General of Japan, for a tour of Nihonmachi Terrace, an affordable housing development that has provided homes to over 400 low-income Japanese American seniors and families for over 30 years. I attended the groundbreaking ceremony in September 2009 for the rehabilitation of Nihonmachi Terrace and was honored to be able to tour the beautiful new facilities, which include a traditional Japanese garden, a newly reinforced roof, and fire safety sprinklers.
I will take the memories of my visits to St. Peter's Place and Nihonmachi Terrace back to my colleagues in the Congress as examples to the country of how we can do affordable housing right, for our seniors and for our families. All Americans should have access to a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. I am working to stabilize the housing market, preserve public housing, expand affordable mortgage loan opportunities, and strengthen consumer protections against risky loans. We must ensure that all of our citizens can secure the affordable, safe, and energy-efficient homes they deserve.