ACCESSIBLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Housing is a multifaceted problem in need of a multifaceted approach. Where we see the risk of gentrification, we need to protect. Where we see risk of loss of housing, we need to intervene. Where we see not enough, we need to create abundance. Where we see high rents, we need assist in bringing down costs.
Heavy Cost Burden
Heavy Cost Burden
Paying too much for housing spills over into all other areas of our lives and our families' lives.
Too many people must decide between rent and the water bill. Between health
insurance or gasoline.
Half of renters are cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing.
21% of homeowners are also cost burdened.
We need tangible outcomes. Now.
The Poverty Trap
We know that the quality and cost of your housing is central to your budget, health, and future wealth.
People can't move out of poverty so long as we fail to give them real opportunities to do so.
Half of housing assistance vouchers are unused because there aren't available rentals.
Let’s create 1,000 affordable units by
2025. Together we can do this. I will lead the way.
People are doubling up, sleeping in cars, in shelters, on streets, in bushes. People are starving, freezing. Families. Children. People who are alone. Veterans.
As a community we must recognize our privileges. We must retire the arguments against the changes we need to make in order to house our neighbors with dignity and opportunity.
We need to work with community partners to prevent evictions.
Continue to pay a living wage and work towards $15/hr minimum for all city employees and contract workers.
Educate businesses about the need for living wages and pooling resources when and where they can to reduce costs and help pay higher wages
Tie incentive programs to paying living wages
Support organizations fighting for $15
Continue to strategically implement the Transit Master Plan
Work to implement a downtown shuttle for employees to reduce costs of parking
Focus on partnerships and strategies to increase monies for transit
Focus on neccessity riders and work to increase all ridership, reducing personal automobile use.
1. Supply. The greatest risk to vulnerable neighborhoods occurs when demand is high, supply is short, and residents are experiencing rising costs.
2. Ownership. We will actively move more residents into home ownership. Currently, more than half of us do not own our homes.
3. Education. The mere lack of history and knowing our neighbors and their history fuels gentrification.
RESPONSIBLE, SMART GROWTH
Grow up, not out
There are two main ways to grow a city:
Up or out. When we build new roads, new sewer lines, new power infrastructure, etc., we trigger new costs and ongoing maintenance costs that eat up budgets year after year.
When we build up, we can reuse the same roads, sewers, power etc., reduce our long term maintenance costs, and preserve more open and green space.
When we live closer to our neighbors, we build stronger ties with our community.
Downtown is everyone's neighborhood.
Focusing density and commercial activity in downtown contributes significant tax revenues to our budgets while using less space and land.
Fiscally strong cities have a thriving downtown.
Creating housing downtown, near job centers, reduces the need for cars, and thereby congestion and air pollution.
Urban Centers and TOD
Urban centers are identified large areas of land along existing transit corridors. The aim is a mix of uses, including residential development and commercial activity.
These areas and corridors will support walkabilty, multiple transportation modalities, and reduce our overall need for automobiles.
TOD = Transit oriented development.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
50,000 trees by 2040
We have depleted 6.4% of our tree canopy in 10 years. We need tree protections and replanting strategies.
I support reversing our tree loss through hiring an Urban Forester and funding an Urban Forestry Master Plan.
I support coordinating with NCDOT to reduce speed limits on their streets to 30 mph. Currently, only light poles are allowed within 10 feet of roads above 35 mph.
For decades, economic mobility has excluded large groups of our community, particularly low income and African American residents.
My commitment is that any and all major economic opportunities, including a move to renewables and creating many good jobs along the way, must focus on those left out of previous wealth building activities.
Smart Growth Works
A cornerstone of my campaign is to demonstrate that how we build, what we build, and where we build are crucial to our success as a fiscal, environmental, and socially responsible city.
I will lead efforts to meet housing demand in central areas with existing infrastructure so that we are able to meet our housing needs while preserving precious open space and tree canopy.
Low income community members who face the loss of tree canopy spend a greater portion of their income on utilities to cool their homes.
I advocate for weatherization of homes in the greatest need to be the first priority of weatherization initiatives.
Renewables by 2
Renewables by 2030
The City has adopted a climate emergency resolution. As your City Councilor I will work to fund our move to renewable energy on municipal buildings and schools by 2030 and citywide by 2042.
This will mean the City matching the County's renewable energy goals.
In the meantime, individuals can utilize existing community solar programs like Arcadia Power.
Reducing car use
77% of residents drive alone in our cars on a daily basis.
To reduce our carbon footprint we have to move more people out of cars and onto foot, onto bikes, and into mass transit. This will also reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise pollution.
I advocate for increasing bus ridership through offering consistent and more frequent transit options.