Homelessness impacts our community on multiple levels, but must be approached as a system-wide issue. We need more affordable housing for low income families. We need more space to house people who are wanting to access housing. We need more available resources in order to give people who are homeless equitable access to address a variety of needs.
We need to enhance our program that prepares individuals for job interviews and jobs. Being homeless can effect a person’s mental health, increase crime, and contribute to the opioid crisis. We must make it a top priority to tackle this issue, and help people get back on their feet.
I plan to introduce a new program (or enhance our current one) that provides complimentary classes to help develop career skills, and provide professional clothing for job interviews. I will personally teach courses to develop interview skills as I have a strong background in interview training and platform development. I will solicit qualified volunteers to donate their time to provide professional knowledge to help those willing to take action and connect to resources.. I will partner with our local non-profit organizations such as Saint Vincent DePaul, the Glory Hall, the Family Promise of Juneau, and other community partners to increase clothing drives and food drives. Most importantly, I will pressure council to increase funds to significantly reduce the growing number of our homeless population.