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Economic Sustainability for WORKING FAMILIES
As a daughter of refugees who grew up in a low-income household, I understand that money is one of the largest components determining the quality of life we live. Money equals our potential to make choices instead of living in scarcity. It determines the type of health care we receive, what foods we have access to, the neighborhood we live in, the number of children we may have, and much more. As a renter and working class individual, you can count on me to fight for working class families. We must achieve rent and home affordability, invest in more jobs for East Siders to thrive, and pass a $15 minimum wage that is equitable for both working class families and small businesses rather than favor corporate interests.
Economic Sustainability for SMALL BUSINESSES
The East Side is known for its diversity of small businesses that provide community-based products and services, making up a large part of our East Side Pride. I believe that in order for the East Side to thrive, reinvestment in small businesses must be prioritized so that working families who operate them can increase job opportunities and capital to revitalize our neighborhoods.
I am a strong supporter of affordable housing. When my parents took refuge to Minnesota in 1989, affordable housing made it possible for them to have a place called home. A home is basic necessity that no one should have to live without, but the financial forces of student debt, rising cost of living, and unlivable wages are some of the most pressing issues keeping families in poverty. I believe affordable housing should be within the means of all seniors and working families. Seniors on a fixed income should not be priced out of their homes. More importantly, affordable housing is a public service that should reflect our communities values, uniting people across race, gender, and class. That is why mixed income housing must be implemented in all projects moving forward.