Housing in New York City—like in most major cities—is rife with exorbitant pricing that is unsustainable in the long-term. District 8 is undertaking many changes, but that does not mean that affordable housing should suffer as a result.
We need a housing proposal that is, dare I say, integrative, combining mixed races, ethnicities, income brackets and religious beliefs. That is what makes a strong community and a Strategic Integrated Housing Program (SIHP) workable is the fact that we are stronger together than apart and that includes the way we determine the zoning regulations for residential housing.
Tax incentives for real estate for owners and renters of each category can receive tax deductions for moving to certain neighborhoods.
Throughout the United States and in New York City, homelessness is an unfortunate reality that permeates daily life, but it is one that we can solve. The very existence of homelessness is recognition of the failure of our system of government which has been unable to provide for our most tired and poor.
We have failed the homeless. It’s not the other way around, and the Mannix for Congress Campaign will put providing adequate and safe living conditions as the first true need of New York's District 8. The homeless among us are neither safe on the streets, nor safe in our shelters. That needs to change and will change immediately with Brian Mannix as your Congressional representative.
As your representative in Congress, I will push for better resources here in District 8 aimed at improving the homeless shelters and creating policy that will transition those experiencing homelessness to housing and employment. Our system of providing shelter for those experiencing homelessness is woefully underfunded and suffers from an extraordinary lack of attention. The Mannix for Congress campaign recognizes the logistical mayhem that surrounds caring for the homeless and our campaign will make certain that priority number one is that every individual in District 8 who wants one will have a roof over their head.
In Congress, I will make one of my top priorities creating transitional housing, putting more mental health professionals to work in shelters, providing emergency shelters for those suffering from domestic abuse, and obtaining more funding to upgrade and modernize shelters throughout the district in order to provide humane and effective services for those in need. In addition to an upgrade in housing, the services, the Federal and state employees dealing with the homelessness issue must be held to account for their professionalism and their treatment of those in need. Currently, many homeless people say they fear the shelters not only from the potentially dangerous fellow people in need, but from the people who work in the city shelters themselves.
Each homeless shelter must have direct accountability to insure the adequate protection of and service toward our most needy, brothers, sisters and people of transgender.
A second and essential step to assisting those who are on the streets is by arming the individual with a working mobile phone so that our campaign staff can monitor and assist each individual's progression through the various stages of getting more permanent housing. Without a home, you cannot be contacted, but with a phone you can and that is the first step toward solving the homelessness problem.
The affordability problem in New York City is one of grave importance as inflation begins to rise at an even steeper rate and with the cost of goods and services on the rise. Without affordable housing, the strength of our communities wane due to the fact that a more economically diverse neighborhood makes a stronger neighborhood.
We need racial, religious and economic integration and the Mannix for Congress campaign is proposing an incentivized real estate tax program to financially incentivize rather than discourage people from different socio-economic groups, ethnicities and religious beliefs to move to areas where they are less represented.
This new system of variegated tax incentives based on a person's race, religion and economic status compared to the community they are entering will bring us closer to the society of equality of opportunity that the founders of this nation idealized in the Declaration of Independence.
Discrimination in housing is a fundamental reality that we have to recognize, confront and then attack with both legislative remedies as well as educational and community efforts that need to focus on one thing: the concept that the 'other;' people whom we do not know, must not be seen as the enemy or someone to fear. In order for us to provide access, we need to not only pass legislation to prevent illegal housing discrimination, but work more through community groups, non-profit organizations and schools which naturally provide a sense of community to educate and celebrate those who do not live among us. If we celebrate our differences, maintain strict adherence to the law and have financial incentives to gain access to a more diverse community, inherent fear of the ‘other’ will naturally dissipate.
Forwardist Brian Mannix for Congress
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