Like you, Rebecca cannot bear to see even one more family, veteran, or unemployed person become homeless. Living on the streets of NYC is beneath anyone’s dignity.
Yet, our Mayor has decided that the best way to solve the problem – at a cost to New Yorkers of over $400,000 per night – is to put homeless people in hotels and motels throughout New York City. Or, to build more homeless shelters in neighborhoods where no one wants the inherent risks of drug dealing and crime. How does this help the homelessness plight? Mayor DeBlasio is simply bandaging the issue - putting thousands of our homeless New Yorkers at risk and making it even more difficult to escape the Cycle of Homelessness.
Homeless, adult New Yorkers need real help. Instead of more anti-quality of life laws allowing homeless people to urinate on our streets - another example of bandaging the issue and perpetuating the Cycle of Homelessness - we need to find ways to help the homeless obtain job training and drug addiction counseling. And we need to STOP DE BLASIO from unnecessarily spending our hard earned tax dollars on hotel rooms and more homeless shelters.
That’s how Propel Network (www.ThePropelNetwork.org) was born. Rebecca recognized that women whose families were suffering under great financial burden could not find jobs - mainly because they had no formal vocational training. Through tax-deductible donations, Propel Network pays the tuition for women who need to learn job skills and, upon graduating their vocational programs, these women enter the workforce with a marketable job skill. These same women are now supporting their families as accountants, paralegals, graphic designers, etc. It’s a win-win.
When Rebecca becomes City Councilwoman, she’ll work to break the Cycle of Homelessness - giving the homeless a place to stay today, and an education for tomorrow. Rebecca will push for increased access to vocational job training for the homeless, providing subsidized housing to those who enroll.
Additionally, she will work to reform how our tax dollars are spent on the homeless. Money needs to be directed toward vocational training and drug addiction counseling.
In doing so, thousands of homeless New Yorkers will be able to start anew - with the promise of a brighter future for their families, and for themselves.