Every single New Yorker, regardless of income, has a right to a decent and safe home. There are currently 92,000 people homeless in NY State, and 49,000 in New York City. We have the ability to house everyone. We can begin with passage of HJ4A comprehensive housing justice platform in 2022.
The system of criminal justice in New York State is unjust and racist. Its impact on communities of color is criminal. Incarceration, and policing must be human-centered, focused on education and root causes of crime. Mental illness is not a crime, and we must stop the revolving door of jail to shelter to jail for New Yorkers with mental illness. Reform our broken parole system.
Seniors in New York, particularly those of color, are rent burdened, food insecure and overburdened with healthcare costs. We need a comprehensive plan to protect seniors and ensure they have the quality of life they deserve.
The wealth-takeover of communities of color are killing our small community businesses with unaffordable rents. We need small business rent regulation now. As communities of color gentrify, it not only affects housing costs, but commercial rents. We must protect our Mom & Pop businesses.
More than 100,000 children in New York City are living in unstable home situations, 94% of them Black and Latinx, and the highest percentage live in Council District 9. The state must live up to its commitment to fully fund Foundation Aid, a pledge to phase in the $4.2 billion by FY 2024. Let's hold them accountable.
Harlem continues to have the highest rate of respiratory illness in New York. Children who reside in NYCHA are still being poisoned by lead. We must address these issues at their root causes: environmental racism, and NYCHA disinvestment. We must live up to our climate goals.