“We can start with housing, the sturdiest of footholds for economic mobility. A national affordable housing program would be an anti-poverty effort, human capital investment, community improvement plan, and public health initiative all rolled into one.”
I care about affordable housing.
In order to meet the most basic human needs, we must feel safe, secure, and be fed. Reliable housing goes a long way in making sure a person and his or her family feels safe and secure -- and having a kitchen ensures we can eat!
We must improve our access to affordable housing for ALL of us who live here, not just for those who can afford to live anywhere.
Greenville County (GC) has experienced an economic boom in recent years. In many ways this has been wonderful; however, while a rising tide raises all ships, that same tide is drowning our workforce because they cannot reasonably afford to live near where they work.
Some of our families’ generational homes were zoned into the next big district, thus the economic boom has made finding an affordable home harder than ever before. The food service, retail, sanitation, education, public safety, government workforce, (and others) should all be considered when we think about affordable housing.
Keeping turnover rates low requires access to optimal working environments, benefits, livable wages, affordable housing, transportation, and childcare. These systems are all reasonable and necessary parts of the infrastructure needed in GC.
It’s not fiscally responsible to keep bringing in jobs and people without having the infrastructure to support them. We are facing a housing deficit that our current budget is not set up to fix.
When I am elected, we are going to follow the recommendations from housing studies that the taxpayers have already funded. This is not currently happening, and that is not fiscally responsible.
Let’s bring ALL people together. Let's get things done for EVERYONE.