Homicides Surged in NYC in 2020
It is Time to Restore Order by Reducing Crime in Our Communities
For many years, I have walked or taken the subway home from anywhere and everywhere in the middle of the night. But for the first time ever, since residing in New York City, walking the streets and taking the subways are now very unsafe after dark, and even during the day.
Besides the usual homeless individuals sleeping on the streets and subways, there is now a rise of very aggressive—and sometimes even violent—individuals roaming the streets of our beloved city.
Although this is not the first time that New York City has seen a surge in crime, 2020 is especially alarming. The crime rates in New York City have been on a gradual incline during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s time in office. 2020 has been the most dangerous time to live in New York City since I’ve called New York City my home.
How Did New York City Lower Crime?
Step 1- “Broken window” policies are accredited to lowering crime and creating a safe New York for all. The agreed upon narrative by social psychologists and police officers is that if a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, the rest of the windows will soon be broken. This has been proven to be true in both nice neighborhoods and rundown ones.
Window-breaking does not occur regularly in certain areas all because those areas are inhabited by resolute window breakers. (And others, window lovers.) No. Rather, one unrepaired broken window is an indicator that no one cares, and so breaking more windows will come without consequences.
“Broken window” policies are a wildly successful strategy for preventing vandalism because it helps address the problems when they are small. Repair the broken windows within a short time, say, a day or a week, and the tendency is that vandals are much less likely to break more windows or do further damage. (Keep the sidewalks clean every day, and the tendency is for less litter to accumulate.)
Problems are less likely to surge, and therefore, “respectable” residents do not flee the neighborhood. With that being said, this also meant a rise in incarceration primarily in lower-income communities. Sadly, everything has been politicized.We can embrace “broken window” policies, and at the same time, reduce the incarceration rate. And we can do it through effective community policing.
Step 2- Community policing. CompStat was credited with helping to bringing down crime by around 60%. This system tracked crime through pins stuck in maps, comparing crime statistics of each precinct. The city conducted a CompStat meeting every month, and it was obligatory for police officials to attend.
In 1995, the year after CompStat was adopted, murders dropped to 1,181. in 2012, there were 417 murders—the lowest number on record since records were kept, starting in 1964. I propose we go a bit further and bring our community members, teachers, students, etc., into these meetings to create an inclusive environment for all.
Under my administration, police officers will be mandated to attend all community meetings on a monthly basis and report progress and concern from communities and their police officers. This is what I mean by “community policing.” We have to integrate the police in our communities. They are not our enemy, and we are not theirs. This statement does not discredit that fact that there are some seriously bad apples in the police department. This also has to be dealt with.
Step 3- Community Crime Watch. This is a Keep-New-Yorkers-Safe initiative that requires every resident to have access to the police department, our city’s leaders and members of our communities, via text message or call through a created app. It would be similar to the Citizen app, but with more capabilities.
911 is for emergencies, and we do not want to overwhelm the 911 call centers for those who desperately need it. We need a different capacity to alert (anonymously, if necessary) possible crimes, dangers or concerns that may propose a threat to the community at large. If you see something, say something.
This will work as a pin-tack map disclosure for every police officer, members of the community and local government officials. This offers a real-time record of incidences and aims to help identify potential crime spots in our neighborhoods.
Step 4-. It all starts with teamwork. Lower-income communities have been cheated on many fronts. On the home front, many children in lower communities—particularly in Black communities—are growing up without fathers.
This creates a situation where authority figures are foreign in the home, and when presented in the outside world, they are rejected. We need programs that aim to promote excellence in our young men, especially in the Black communities.
This will entail having our young men work directly with the police department, teachers and parents, to build trust in our communities. This requires police in our neighborhoods to be involved in school programs, field trips, etc., as well as—and especially—young Black men, to lessen the tension. I believe this will promote the ability for members of our communities to seek help before things escalate, as a prevention measure to crime. This is an all-hands-on-deck approach. “It takes a village.”
Officers that police our communities should know every adult and child in the community. As of now, some members of the lower-income communities regard police officers as their white overlords. On the other hand, some members of police regard lower-income communities, especially Black communities, as individuals they must protect themselves from so they can guarantee a safe arrival back home to their families. This is not sustainable. It puts everyone on edge and creates a power complex between both parties, putting everyone at risk.
It is absolutely imperative that “We the People” help with crime prevention. I firmly believe that the power has always been in our hands. “Improving the quality of the neighborhood environment reduces petty crime, anti-social behavior, and low-level disorder, and that major crime is also prevented as a result.” From my life experience, I can attest to this theory.
Although evidence shows police work is critical to crime prevention, I would argue that police primarily arrive once a crime has been committed. The question is, how do “We the People” prevent crime from occurring to begin with? Police authority will not be enough if we want to maintain a safe and crime-free city.
I believe people care for and protect neighborhoods they feel invested in. Neighborhoods will eventually become safer if its residents feel they have sense of ownership and responsibility towards the neighborhood and their neighbors.
This goes back to “broken windows” and vandalism. If communities simply do not care about the damages done to their neighborhoods, problems will become prevalent and eventually escalate. The reality is regardless of how many times we repair the windows, the community still must invest some of their time to keep it safe.
Ignoring something as simple as “broken windows” is a clear sign that the society has accepted some forms of disorder. This makes neighborhoods seem vulnerable. And neighborhoods that seem vulnerable are easy prey for criminals.
It’s Time to End the Bleeding
On March 15, 2020, we were told we had to shut down, due to COVID-19, and stay home to “slow the spread.” Small-business owners, owners of restaurants and mom-and-pop shops across the city, were obliged to shut down for what was supposed to be 15 days, in an effort to “slow the spread.” Nine months later, many of us lost our jobs, our businesses and had to use what was left of our savings to survive.
We can attest to the fact that most of us were ill-prepared for even small emergencies, let alone an emergency of this magnitude. In fact, most New Yorkers don’t even have $2,000 for an emergency. Many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. How were we supposed to prepare for the emergency of a lifetime? The biggest emergency in the last century. $2,000 wouldn’t cut it.
And suffering small-business and restaurant owners…What are they to do to support their families? They couldn’t afford to start a new business nor to flee the city. They could barely afford to stick it out. They were left behind, in the dark. With little-to-no assistance, PPP or bailouts.
Many of New York’s small businesses and restaurants have closed. And they’re never coming back. Those that are still open are operating on the edge. Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or anything in between, we must band together against this threat. While trillions of dollars sent to bail out the 1% again, New Yorkers have been left behind by our leaders with little to no help when they need it most. Small businesses are in dire need of federal and provincial support.
New York is Bleeding Out. How do we End The Bleeding?
Step 1- We need a three-year tax break for all small businesses and restaurants. This will help cushion the blow from the high-tax burden that has crippled New Yorkers and stunted their ability to get ahead. Large corporations have extensive tax breaks. It’s time to extend these privileges to New York’s small business owners.
Step 2- Every small business and restaurant owner needs income-replacement grant programs that will allow them to pay themselves and their employees lost wages. For restaurants in particular, this will also allow them to pay their purveyors and others in their supply chain. With so many New Yorkers that’ve left the city, and businesses now operating with access to fewer customers, most New Yorkers have seen a dramatic decrease in pay. They need all the help they can get. Income-replacement grant programs are a great way to help those in need recoup loss wages to keep them from ending up on the edge of poverty.
Step 3- Every small business and restaurant has to have access to SBA forgivable loans to keep them going. Corporate chains have been bailed out by SBA forgivable loans while small businesses have gone under due to lack of access to any funds during these critical times. It is time to level the playing field. The gamed is rigged against small business owners, and we have to right this wrong.
Step 4- We need to tax credits to property owners in exchange for lower rents to their small business tenants who desperately need it. The rents in New York City are insane! Without a doubt, the tax burden to owners has not been helpful, and they inevitably pass the bill on to their tenants. This has to change. My tax credit for all will benefit all. A win-win.
Step 5- Owners and employees of small businesses need access to healthcare, especially in the COVID-19 era. This is crucial to their health. Small-business owners and entrepreneurs are responsible for a minimum 65% of job creation in the United States. Every small-business owner, entrepreneur and employee that works for them needs every bit of support possible. Going out on your own is hard enough. I believe we should afford them the opportunity to take the risk and go out on their own by ensuring that everyone part of their operation will be covered by an affordable=healthcare program.
Small businesses across New York city are hurting. Their families and employees are hurting. The current closure orders from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo are proof that they are both out of touch with the needs of New York’s small-business owners. These pandemic measures are not sustainable. These men have been playing games with the lives of small-business owners, their employees and families for far too long. This is not time to play games. This is time to take action!
We don’t have another fifteen days.
It is time for us to reopen New York NOW!
It is time for small businesses to be given the respect and support they so desperately deserve!
New York’s housing crisis is out of control
It’s time to stand up for middle- and low-income renters and homeowners across New York City. It is time for common-sense policies that preserve affordability and protect New Yorkers from rising rents in an age of low wages and job scarcity. I propose we put middle- and low-income communities on the path of stable and reliable home ownership.
As a small business owner, I, too, have my struggles with rising housing costs and lack of resources available. For the last 11 years, I have worked in real estate and have seen neighborhoods that were once affordable for the average New Yorker become financially out of reach overnight, and their current residents getting pushed out to the periphery.
My experiences that I deal with on a regular basis are very personal to me. As a real estate broker, my focus is on helping residential tenants find a new home and small businesses find new commercial spaces to operate their business.
More than ever, I’m witnessing New Yorkers drowning in debt and unable to afford the rising price of the housing market in New York City. Many have left the city altogether, to move somewhere else. The inability for many New York residents to secure a safe and stable home in turn makes it impossible for them to have access to a stable job, a stable education and attain a decent quality of life, all of which come with serious psychological repercussions.
To add insult to injury, the homeless population has risen from 20,000 in the year 2000 to nearly 70,000 in 2020. Every night, men, women and children are forced to sleep on the streets, in the subway or in other public spaces due to the appalling conditions of New York City shelters.
Research shows that one in ten children in the New York City public school system experience homelessness and hunger at some point during the school year due to rising rents and stagnant wages.
Step 1 – Rent stabilization will not do. 2.5 million New Yorkers are rent-stabilized tenants. Landlords are less likely to maintain these apartments because the lower rents have them operating at a cost deficit. It’s time to move away from depending on small landlords to provide affordable housing. The continuous wave of gentrification and new construction in our communities has to come at a deficit to New Yorkers at large.
Step 2 – New Development Projects. The current policies that allow 25% of new-development to go towards low income housing do not reflect the realities of the wages of middle- and low-income New Yorkers, and they discriminate against tenants in other ways, such as the demand for a certain credit score.
I propose that all new development dedicate 25% to 30% to middle- and low-income housing with an opportunity to own through a co-op system. This also means that we have to consider the actual wages of middle- and low-income New Yorkers and properly reflect this in the price. With ownership in place, we can offer a better system that will protect all New Yorkers from the current rent-stabilized system continuously weakening from decades of landlord influence in Albany.
As Mayor, I plan to enact bold policies to confront the housing crisis head-on by creating a path to ownership for hard-working, middle- to low-income New Yorkers. Let’s move past affordable rent. Let’s get to affordable ownership.
Step 3 – Tax Credits. Rezoning pushed by de Blasio’s administration should benefit of us all. Tenants should not be at the mercy of landlords; landlords should be at the mercy of tenants. Landlords own their properties at a risk, and therefore should be allowed to own at a profit, not a deficit.
We need to consider landlords’ massive overheads—taxes, insurance, heating, hot water, gas, sewage, the threat of lawsuits and so on. We need common-sense low-tax credit for building owners that will allow them to pass on these credits to their residential and commercial tenants. This is a win-win for everyone.
Step 4 – Tenant and Landlord Rent Relief. The COVID crisis has destroyed the economy in ways that we could never imagine. The ability for so many of us to put food on the table, afford housing and other basic needs is no longer a reality. The housing and eviction crisis for millions can no longer go mismanaged. It has to be resolved through proper mediation between banks, landlords and tenants.
We are all in this together. We must all look after each other. I propose a rent-relief policy that will pay for 60% of rents owed by all tenants with the exchange of a 40% forgiveness tax credit to all landlords. This means that the banks which have received trillions of dollars in bailouts by the federal government will have to take a 40% loss on their investments.
Step 5 – Abolish the Private Equity Model from the Housing System. Private-equity firms are predatory in their aggressive pursuit, devastating struggling landlords. Their ability to purchase large quantities of properties, especially at a time of crisis, is dangerous to the public at large. As Mayor, it will be my pleasure to make these predatory behaviors illegal.
We need to look at different ways our housing market preys on vulnerable landlords and tenants in order to create common-sense policies and truly protect all New Yorkers. Financial crises create the biggest opportunities for predatory investors to purchase properties from desperate landlords at the expense of us all.
Step 6 – Rezoning for the Benefit of Whom? We must put the needs of the majority over the profit of the minority. My fight is to end massive rezoning at the expense of middle- and lower-income New Yorkers. We are all being pushed out to the periphery.
Leaders cannot continue down this path; there is mass community opposition. The people have spoken, and unless developers can create solutions that protect all New Yorkers, I cannot in good conscience promote the rezoning of our communities.
We have to reach a consensus. This means the majority’s voice not only gets to be heard but gets the final say. There must be a win-win for all, or no deal. I’m very much in favor of capital improvements, but this has to be done at the benefit of the majority, not just the few.
Step 7 – Transparency. For many low-income New Yorkers, public, affordable housing is the only option. More than half a million New Yorkers rely on these resources for housing protection, and yet thousands of public housing residents in NYCHA housing regularly go without heat and hot water.
NYCHA is a municipal agency with an annual budget of $3.5 billion dollars. For decades, NYCHA housing has been grossly mismanaged, causing harm to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, including children, as per the New York City Comptroller audits.
The agency manages 180,000 apartments with an estimated 400,000 residents on record, but unofficially, the resident number is estimated at above 600,000 residents.
My platform focuses on transparency. My motto is “Show me the Money.” 3.5 billion dollars is not chump change! Many of us find the number of zeros in that amount remarkable, and yet NYCHA can easily be rated as one of the worst landlords is New York City.
I will create a clear audit of NYCHA in an effort to provide full transparency and diminish the deficit. NYCHA residents deserve improvements in the services administered, and they most certainly deserve humane living conditions.
Step 8 – Quality of Public Housing. I believe the lack of care for vulnerable New Yorkers in the public housing system is criminal. We need to remember that these are human beings, and these conditions are a representation of a lack of justice in our local government. I will put in place policies that mandate thorough inspections of all public-housing buildings by independent agencies.
As far as I’m concerned, public-housing agencies cannot police themselves. Public-housing residents deserve full disclosures of lead exposure, lead poisoning, and the assurance that every man, woman and child will not go without heat, hot water and clean, drinking water.According to reports, as many as 9,000 children living in NYCHA housing have been affected by lead poisoning.
And child asthma is at a higher rate than normal amongst NYCHA-housing residents. These are both due to the failures of NYCHA personnel to properly inspect housing. There are recorded health disparities between NYCHA residents and the general public, showing the lack of proper health conditions of these vulnerable communities.
Every human being deserves safe housing no matter what income bracket they belong to. New Yorkers deserve humane solutions. We have to reimagine public housing that promotes the health, safety and well-being of the community. The current system is corrupt and in desperate need of major oversight. The public deserves full disclosure from agencies like NYCHA and HPD. I propose we flip the system on its head and find where the bodies are buried.
SHOW ME THE MONEY!!
A Good Education Is Essential To Ending Poverty
The current state of affairs creates systemic poverty.
My mission is to build more world-class schools where children of all zip codes and socioeconomic groups have the opportunity to compete and succeed. Every child deserves access to a life-changing education. It’s time to create an education system with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), critical thinking, entrepreneurship and the trades.
I have witnessed how not living in the “right” zip codes limit our children’s access to good education. How the lack of access to good education limits our children’s ability to access good colleges and universities. How the lack of access to good colleges and universities limits our children’s ability to secure good jobs. This lack of access leads to a life of poverty, and in the worst-case scenario, a life of crime.
New York City schools are failing too many of our children. Too few Black and Hispanic fourth graders are proficient in math and reading, and those numbers worsen by eighth grade. This is absolutely unacceptable. Parents and our children deserve better.
Why is the average New York child behind in education?
Where is the accountability?
We have perfect models of what institutions that produce the best outcomes for educating our children look like, and yet, we are not replicating these models. The prime examples of great schools are private schools and charter schools; they’ve shown us that not all schools are broken. But few of us are lucky enough to hit the charter-school lottery. And fewer, still, have the ability to afford a private-school education for our children.
Funding should only go to schools that have proven results and are able to give our children the level of education that is needed to compete with their privately educated counterparts.
More than 155,000 children in minority communities from third grade to eighth grade cannot properly read or do math. Failure at this magnitude has devastating consequences for these children and the ability for their communities to become prosperous. The records show that children across all backgrounds can achieve a high level of success under the right set of circumstances. My primary goal is to duplicate the private- and charter-school models for all.
Step 1- “Scaling excellence.” Every school has to operate on the basis of KPIs (key performance indicators) to produce measurable outcomes. All schools must produce a monthly report of students’ progress—their proficiency in reading, mathematics, etc. Schools need to demonstrate that they have the ability to test at the level of their private-school and charter-school counterparts. Testing is a critical indicator that a school is failing our children.
Removing testing from the program will lead to failing schools just getting by, with little-to-no oversite or accountability, all at the expense of our children. Schools that cannot compete with their private- and charter-school counterparts have to shut down because they are instrumental in robbing our children of a future. We cannot afford this; the damage is too great.
“Scaling excellence” means that we have to provide our children with a premium education. What I propose is a quarterly review that involves teacher, student and parent engagement to keep track of a child’s educational progress and ensure that learning does not stop once a child leaves the classroom.
Step 2- Preschool programs for all. Our middle and lower-income communities consist of struggling parents and single moms working two and sometimes three jobs. They need our support. The human subconscious is developed between birth and six years of age. It is critical that we capture our children’s imagination and create a desire for learning during these impressionable years. This means creating day centers that incorporate robust preschool programs that will give children from middle- and lower-income communities the edge they need to compete with the upper class who can afford prestigious preschool programs.
Step 3- Abolish rote learning. The process of using memorization as an indicator for intelligence is not adequate for learning. This method does not allow children to create connections in their brains that promote cognition, which is critical for developing intelligence. Cognitivism as a form of learning is ideal for helping children understand, retain and recall information. This is the best way forward.
Step 4- Robust after-school tutoring programs and social clubs. These programs and clubs will help children in middle- and lower-income communities excel beyond the classroom. Struggling parents of middle- and lower-income communities who cannot afford a tutor for their children are left behind. We can do better. Every child needs access to tutors. This can be done by bringing onboard older and gifted students as volunteers to aid others who are falling behind. We need an all-hands-on-deck approach to learning. “Each one, teach one.”
Step 5- Focused program in every public school. My objective is to “scale excellence” in students and teachers. To focus on STEM, critical thinking, entrepreneurship and the trades. I firmly believe that we need to create a future generation of problem solvers. We need curated in-class and after- school programs that engage children in a way that promotes enthusiasm for learning. We need to think outside of the box. This also means moving away from the one-size-fits-all model, since every child has their own individual gifts and struggles. A focus on entrepreneurship and trade must begin in sophomore year, at the very latest. Not every child wants to get a college education, not every child should have to. Our job is to pave their desired paths. To do this, we need teachers who are actually enthusiastic about teaching and see their profession as a calling, not just a means to collect a paycheck.
Step 6- Libraries, learning centers and museums in every middle- and lower-income community. I was quite shocked to find that so many children have never been to a library, or a museum. And the correlation with lack of access to these places and educational failure is alarming. You cannot desire what you don’t see. There are Starbucks and McDonalds on every other corner. We should now have libraries and cultural centers on as many corners as possible.
Step 7- We need financial accountability for every red cent spent in the school system. New York City spends about $25,000 per student, per year. Where is the money? Show me the Money!! Voucher programs allow for accountability of every pencil, every notebook, every book and so on. There has to be a thorough paper trail for the monies spent on each child in the public education system. We spend more money to educate our children than any other western nation in the world, and yet we score lower than most western nations, something that does not pass the smell test.
Under my administration, the “Scaling Excellence Program” will focus on only hiring principals, superintendents and teachers who have a passion for teaching and the development of our children’s intelligence and will be primarily focused on our children’s emotional well-being. This means going beyond the Monday-to-Friday school hours. This means not being afraid to make house calls and understanding when one is in need of help from a Principal when engaging students with unique circumstances.
Our children’s education matters.
It’s time for us to make some noise and demand accountability!!!
Homelessness has exploded in 2020 and there’s no end in sight.
There is a homeless crisis in New York City that Mayor Bill de Blasio has failed to address and remedy. As a matter a fact, the homeless population has exploded under his administration.
The homeless are left uncared for and make up a large percent of our mentally ill population. This does not only put them at risk, but it also puts our communities at risk.
Currently, the homeless are free to roam the streets with little-to-no help or supervision, and they’ve been allowed to accost members of the general population at will. This is dangerous and unsustainable.
Homelessness has exploded in 2020, and there is no end in sight. The United States is the only western country where the homeless members of the population are left to fend for themselves.
I regard this as a grotesque human-rights violation. We must look after the most vulnerable in our society. The measure of our success as a society is based on our ability to protect the most vulnerable.
Where is the money going, and who is accountable?
Throwing money at everything will not work, especially when the results have been disastrous. The New York local government has spent $3.2 billion on the homeless crisis from fiscal year 2014 to 2019, according to a report released by Comptroller Scott Stringer. And yet, the homeless crisis has only gotten worse. We have to ask ourselves, “how are these funds being spent?”
Step 1- Oversight. To ensure the integrity of government-funded programs, it’s imperative that we have oversight and accountability by every agency and homeless organization funded by our local and federal government. We need every red cent accounted for.
This means that every agency and non-profit homeless-care organization has to maintain thorough bookkeeping records and disclose their expenditures publicly, on a monthly basis. Homeless-service agencies and organizations will be placed on a permanent spending watch list to ensure integrity.
Step 2- Every agency and homeless-care organization has to present monthly KPIs (key performance indicators) with a clear and precise goal, showing quantifiable results.
These agencies and organizations must present full disclosure of raw numbers, progress, change and achievement in their efforts to eradicate homelessness in our communities.
They have to maintain a reasonable budget and present a strategic operating plan. We need to have a thorough understanding of their list of projects, programs and services.
Step 3- Defund. It is necessary to defund all agencies and homeless care organizations showing a lack of progress in their ability to successfully aid the homeless population. The aim is to only spend money on high-performing agencies that have proven to have optimal success in their efforts to eradicate homelessness.
Step 4- Enlist the proper specialist. This entails staffing mental-health and drug-treatment experts to ensure that we give the homeless population the best shot at getting back on their feet.
Step 5- End the aimless Shelter Industrial Complex. Its only objective seems to be sucking money out of the system to no end, with little-to-no results. Deplorable conditions in New York City’s shelters have kept the homeless on the streets.
This is unacceptable. The spending budget for the homeless in New York City has more than doubled to $3.2 billion from fiscal year 2014 to 2019. We need government-mandated, dignified, temporary housing for the homeless that will keep them off the streets.
We have got to get back to a time when there were clean and safe facilities to house and rehabilitate the homeless population. Living on the streets is not an option and will inevitably cause the vulnerable members our homeless population to deteriorate.
Step 6- Permanent supportive housing. Shelters should only be used as a temporary measure while we help the homeless population get the help they deserve and get them back on their feet. The primary objective will be permanent, supportive housing paired with short-term to long-term supportive services.
Individuals and families with chronic illnesses, disabilities, mental-health issues or substance-abuse disorders who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness are amongst our primary targets.
Research shows that these individuals are the first ones to fall behind, are high-risk members of our communities and make up a large portion of the homeless population.
Step 7- Supportive Housing. Under no circumstances are we to place a member of the homeless population in some supportive home with another member of the homeless population.
For example, some members of the homeless population are suffering from schizophrenia, and they are now being housed with individuals who are suffering from drug use.
This is very dangerous because you are now introducing a vulnerable schizophrenic to a drug user; the likelihood that drug use will now become a problem in that supportive home is very high. We have to keep each homeless individual in their own space.
Step 8- Wellness Check. Every homeless patient in a supportive home has to receive daily wellness checks by case managers to ensure that are being given all the right care and resources, and that they are on the right path to recovery. This means instilling in-home care services. This is crucial for the those who are chronically ill.
Step 9- Wellness-Check Workers. Wellness-check workers should be fully equipped and may not take on more than 10 clients/patients.
Dealing with individuals who are severely mentally ill (SMI) is an overwhelming job, and it is imperative that our wellness-check workers are supported as well, with proper resources.
Step 10- Rapid Re-housing: The objective is to provide short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help the homeless obtain housing quickly, increase self-sufficiency, stay housed and restore their dignity.
Under my administration, I will make sure that agencies can present a monthly result of how many individuals they’ve gotten off the streets during the last 30 days.
How many of these individuals are in drug- and alcohol- addiction rehabilitation programs. How many are being counseled and are now in a permanent home. And which individuals are ready to be placed in part-time or full-time work.
How much money should realistically be spent on each individual? I believe we have to do a cost-benefit analysis and look at solutions which can present results without breaking the bank.
No One Should Go Broke Trying To Protect Their Health