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Legislative Priorities

If elected, on day one I would start working towards various priorities for my time as a legislator. If you want to know what I support and why, start here. If you feel there is a topic that I've missed, feel free to contact me.

Priorities at a Glance

Houselessness

Humanitarian Imperative:
At its core, addressing houselessness is a matter of basic human rights and dignity. No one should be forced to live on the streets or in unsafe and unstable conditions. By providing housing and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness, we can uphold our shared values of compassion and empathy and ensure that all Kansans have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Root Causes and Systemic Inequities:
Houselessness is often the result of a complex interplay of factors, including poverty, lack of affordable housing, mental illness, substance abuse, and systemic inequities. Addressing homelessness requires addressing these root causes and implementing holistic and sustainable solutions. This may involve increasing affordable housing options, expanding access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, and addressing systemic barriers to economic opportunity and social mobility.

Collaborative Approach:
Effectively addressing houselessness requires a collaborative and coordinated approach that involves government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and community stakeholders. By working together, we can leverage our collective resources and expertise to develop and implement innovative solutions that meet the diverse needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. This may include initiatives such as housing-first approaches, rapid rehousing programs, and supportive housing models that provide wraparound services to address the underlying causes of homelessness.

Economic Impact:
Addressing homelessness is not only a moral imperative but also makes economic sense. Studies have shown that investing in homelessness prevention and housing stability can lead to significant cost savings by reducing the burden on emergency services, healthcare systems, and criminal justice systems. By investing in solutions to homelessness, we can create a more efficient and sustainable system that benefits all members of our community.

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