Issues

Metro is a unique style of local government. It’s scope covers transportation, the urban growth boundary, housing, employment, recreation and other services for portions of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

However, the core goals of Metro revolve around planning for transportation, housing and jobs for our region’s future. As a result, Metro Council must work constructively with City, County and State Government to make effective policies that work for everyone.

Homelessness 

The current homeless crisis in the Metro region is multi-faceted and a one-size-fits-all solution will not work. A large portion of our houseless neighbors are living on the streets because of untreated mental illness and addiction, and simply placing them in housing will not solve the underlying cause of why they are homeless. 

Here is my 3-part plan: 

  • Shelter: Provide Shelter for the unhoused. To address the homelessness crisis, Metro and the tri-counties should provide shelter, along with hygiene necessities and food. During my tours in Afghanistan, I lived in a 10’x10′ foot space with a bed and locker. Barracks-style housing is both cheap and quick to install and will provide a safe environment for people. A prime space for this shelter would be the Expo Center which is already at 50% capacity due to COVID-19 complications and is already owned and operated by Metro. 
  • Treatment: Provide treatment options. Simply providing temporary housing is not enough—people need access to social workers, mental health and addiction specialists, and job training to help transition off the street. 
  • Housing: Transition the individual into permanent housing. Once an individual is ready to transition, they need assistance finding permanent housing and work to make sure they don’t end up back on the street. 

Housing

The Metro Region is experiencing a major housing crisis—while the problem is multifaceted, Metro can have a direct impact on the number of units being built. It is crucial that Metro work with local, state and federal government to make it easier for developers to develop and increase the amount of all forms of housing for Oregonians.

As a Metro Councilor, I will:

  • Focus on changing local government rules to remove red tape and make it easier to build the units we need to get families housed
  • Invest more money into new housing for the most vulnerable members of our community so our seniors, veterans and low-income families do not become homeless 
  • Partner with local nonprofits and businesses so those experiencing homelessness have access to wrap around services

Transportation

Everyone in our community relies on our transportation system to access employment, education, medical care and opportunity. However, our regional transportation system is in desperate need of improvements to modernize, reduce congestion and pollution, and allow local businesses to run smoothly. The future of the Metro Region lies in a multimodal transportation system that provides many safe and reliable options for everyone to get where they need to go.

As a Metro Councilor, I will:

  • Work with local, state and federal government to make investment in crucial Washington County roads such as the TV Highway and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway to improve road safety and reduce congestion
  • Invest in TriMet and other public transportation options so everyone can get where they need to go safely and efficiently 
  • Prioritize building more walkable communities so families have access to the resources they need nearby

Climate and Equity

Climate change is real and disproportionately affects low-income communities. Within the context of Metro’s scope of work a focus on transit and direct investments in underserved communities is going to be the biggest lever when it comes to addressing climate change. Metro should be first in line to reduce congestion and provide multiple options for people to get where they need to go—we need to be smart with our transit spending moving forward.

As a Metro Councilor, I will:

  • Invest in resilient communities so we can recover quickly from natural disasters and prepare for the future 
  • Work with local and state government to amplify historically marginalized communities’ voices by ensuring investments are made in underserved communities
  • Ensure Metro continues to invest in our parks, nature areas and trails so all members of our community have access to green spaces.

Issues

Metro is a unique style of local government. It’s scope covers transportation, the urban growth boundary, housing, employment, recreation and other services for portions of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

However, the core goals of Metro revolve around planning for transportation, housing and jobs for our region’s future. As a result, Metro Council must work constructively with City, County and State Government to make effective policies that work for everyone.

Homelessness 

The current homeless crisis in the Metro region is multi-faceted and a one-size-fits-all solution will not work. A large portion of our houseless neighbors are living on the streets because of untreated mental illness and addiction, and simply placing them in housing will not solve the underlying cause of why they are homeless. 

Here is my 3-part plan: 

  • Shelter: Provide Shelter for the unhoused. To address the homelessness crisis, Metro and the tri-counties should provide shelter, along with hygiene necessities and food. During my tours in Afghanistan, I lived in a 10’x10′ foot space with a bed and locker. Barracks-style housing is both cheap and quick to install and will provide a safe environment for people. A prime space for this shelter would be the Expo Center which is already at 50% capacity due to COVID-19 complications and is already owned and operated by Metro. 
  • Treatment: Provide treatment options. Simply providing temporary housing is not enough—people need access to social workers, mental health and addiction specialists, and job training to help transition off the street. 
  • Housing: Transition the individual into permanent housing. Once an individual is ready to transition, they need assistance finding permanent housing and work to make sure they don’t end up back on the street. 

Housing

The Metro Region is experiencing a major housing crisis—while the problem is multifaceted, Metro can have a direct impact on the number of units being built. It is crucial that Metro work with local, state and federal government to make it easier for developers to develop and increase the amount of all forms of housing for Oregonians.

As a Metro Councilor, I will:

  • Focus on changing local government rules to remove red tape and make it easier to build the units we need to get families housed
  • Invest more money into new housing for the most vulnerable members of our community so our seniors, veterans and low-income families do not become homeless 
  • Partner with local nonprofits and businesses so those experiencing homelessness have access to wrap around services

Transportation

Everyone in our community relies on our transportation system to access employment, education, medical care and opportunity. However, our regional transportation system is in desperate need of improvements to modernize, reduce congestion and pollution, and allow local businesses to run smoothly. The future of the Metro Region lies in a multimodal transportation system that provides many safe and reliable options for everyone to get where they need to go.

As a Metro Councilor, I will:

  • Work with local, state and federal government to make investment in crucial Washington County roads such as the TV Highway and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway to improve road safety and reduce congestion
  • Invest in TriMet and other public transportation options so everyone can get where they need to go safely and efficiently 
  • Prioritize building more walkable communities so families have access to the resources they need nearby

Climate and Equity

Climate change is real and disproportionately affects low-income communities. Within the context of Metro’s scope of work a focus on transit and direct investments in underserved communities is going to be the biggest lever when it comes to addressing climate change. Metro should be first in line to reduce congestion and provide multiple options for people to get where they need to go—we need to be smart with our transit spending moving forward.

As a Metro Councilor, I will:

  • Invest in resilient communities so we can recover quickly from natural disasters and prepare for the future 
  • Work with local and state government to amplify historically marginalized communities’ voices by ensuring investments are made in underserved communities
  • Ensure Metro continues to invest in our parks, nature areas and trails so all members of our community have access to green spaces.

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