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Putting People First
The most important foundation for success in any community rests on shared values. I want Oregon to demonstrate in our public action the same commitments that characterize the community I want to live in – a community where we can count on each other, act on our most generous instincts, and protect those among us who, without that protection, would suffer. Please join me in leading the way for us to create a better Oregon.
Together we can:
End Homelessness. Everyone deserves a place to call home. Oregon has an estimated 13,953 individuals experiencing homelessness: 1,083 are families, 1,251 are veterans and 1,462 are unaccompanied young adults. Solving this complex issue will require us to prioritize and provide mental health support and social services, as well as, emergency supports like shelter, food and day programs.
Secure Housing. Housing instability and homelessness are linked to other issues facing families and children across the state—success in school and in employment, the ability to afford basics like food, transportation and day care, and physical and mental health. Solutions must be approached collaboratively by public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. By solving the housing crisis, we can unlock the potential of tens of thousands of Oregonians and create a stronger economy and healthier people.
Fight for Income Inequality. Income inequality is the issue that defines this generation. We need to build an economy that creates good-paying jobs and that works for everybody. We can do this by raising the minimum wage, providing for earned sick time and by better aligning education with workforce needs and creating more jobs in the region.