Reproductive Justice means access to housing too, right? If we’re in the streets, we’re not getting the care we need. I know because I’ve been homeless. When I started the campaign, I knew people’s sobriety relies on if they have safe housing to return to after they’re at treatment for 45 days. Sometimes that's just not the case. I want to see sober beds and mental health beds. I want to see that come to life.
Since I’ve been out knocking on doors, stories really hit me. One woman was living with her dad, and she had a college degree, and she has a job in Two Harbors and she commutes back and forth. She’s like, “I have the means, I just can’t find affordable housing”.
I’ve talked to people who are on the wealthier side and they’re complaining about their taxes going up. It’s affecting all Duluthians right now, the housing crisis.
So, what are we going to do? I just can’t see kids that are homeless. It breaks my heart. Everyone deserves a safe place to lay their head at night. Everybody deserves that.
We need to invest in something else, because what we’re doing right now is not working. It’s not working. And it’s not just private housing. Guess what? Not all people have access to loans or wealth. I’m sure it’s in their dreams, but right now they’re just worried about where they’re going to sleep tonight, you know? I want to make housing a priority. That’s my number one priority.
Just looking at my story, I was homeless and in active addiction. When I moved to Duluth, I could stay at a shelter for a little while, then I got my first rental. I worked my way up to buying a house. I know what that has done for me and the dreams I’ve been able to attain. I feel safe and I feel comfortable and I’m happy for my kids. Everybody deserves that, you know?