Throughout our district, one of the main concerns among our residents continues to be finding affordable housing. I believe housing is a human right, maybe the most important one. I understand that there is not a single solution that will work for everyone.
Our district is diverse, and I have seen that each of our communities has unique needs. However, I will fight tirelessly to provide access to affordable housing for every resident, I will increase funding for subsidized housing programs, and I will expand homelessness prevention programs. I promise I will work specifically to improve the quality of life for our youth, as some estimate that as much as 25-30% of our youth lack permanent housing. This is unacceptable. Precarity in housing leads to worse outcomes across the board, from performance in school to likelihood of interacting with law enforcement. Spending on children and families isn't an expense, it's an investment.
We need to do better, and I believe we can. All of this can be done, it's just a matter of where our morals lie, and if we truly value our diversity.