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At Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia Duties: Represents citizens from all 8 WardsThe Council’s central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers responsibilities include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government and responding to constituents’ concerns. (source: https://dccouncil.us)Code of the District of Columbia § 1–204.01(d)(3) states ...at no time shall there be more than 3 members (including the Chairman) serving at large on the Council who are affiliated with the same political party. (source: https://code.dccouncil.us/us/dc/council/code/sections/1-204.01)Term: 4 yearsAnnual Salary: $140,000 (approximately)

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    Anita Bonds
    (Dem)

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    Fred E. Hill
    (Ind)

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    Karim D. Marshall
    (Ind)

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    Kenyan McDuffie
    (Ind)

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    Graham McLaughlin
    (Ind)

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    [Write-in]Jennifer G. Muhammad
    (Ind)

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    Giuseppe Niosi
    (Rep)

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    David Schwartzman
    (STG)

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    Elissa Silverman
    (Ind)

Información Biográfica

What are your top 2 priorities and how will you accomplish them?

If you agree that DC should be admitted to the union, what immediate actions can you take to prepare for statehood? If you disagree, what is your plan for achieving full voting rights for DC?

How do you propose to increase housing for the most vulnerable residents?

What is your plan to improve the safety of DC residents?

What are your ideas for improving outcomes for youth in the justice system?

Campaign Website http://anitabonds2022.com
Campaign Email anitabonds2022@gmail.com
Education UC Berkeley, 1971, B.S. Chemistry
Qualifications At-Large Councilmember, Council of the District of Columbia; Former Chairperson, DC Democratic State Committee 2006-2018
Campaign Twitter Handle @@voteanitabonds
My commitment to the District is evidenced by my decades of service to the D.C. community. My top two priorities are the following:

1. To expand affordable housing to provide more housing options in the city for our workers and to slow the erosion of long-term residents by protecting middle-income folks and our seniors 2. To expand investment in public safety initiatives that reduce violent crime and increase safety in our neighborhoods

I will continue to support record investment in our affordable housing initiatives in my role as Chair of the Committee on Housing and will also work closely with MPD and the City Administrator to improve our community policing and that support the efforts of our roving leaders and violence-interruptors
Yes, we should be admitted to the union. My plan is to support the efforts of our statehood delegation to make sure that we get the franchisement we deserve.
I believe that innovation and new policy tools have an important role to play, in not only slowing displacement, but in creating more affordable housing especially for workers and working families. Direct housing subsidies for working families is one of the keys to maintaining a mix of incomes in the District. Teachers, police officers, fire fighters, health care workers, sanitation workers, security guards, restaurant workers, and so many others - should be able to find housing they can afford in the city where they work, and where we all benefit from their services. We need to tap into every tool at our disposal, such as Inclusionary Zoning, first time home buyers’ assistance programs, limited equity cooperatives, and direct subsidies.
Initially, many expected the Commission to identify numerous areas of recommendations on police behavior, as has been the custom in many jurisdictions across the country. However, the commission devoted much needed attention on police and law enforcement interaction with DC youth and the critical needs for juvenile justice reform. Moreover, the Commission findings point to the community’s need for accountability from our youth, public safety is a two-way process. Improving the quality of life focused in neighborhoods of neglect is tantamount to helping today’s youth build trust and take initiative to move forward away from unproductive lifestyles. Ultimately, the District must focus more on improving the lives of our young people.

We have found is that a small percentage of people commit a very large percentage of gun related offenses. We need to be proactive about addressing the issues by supporting programs like Building Blocks, which funds community groups to fight gun violence
We need to make sure that the punishment given fits the crime. One of the main points of the Report of the Police Reform Commission is that the police do not need to be involved in the enforcement of minor infractions. For example, we can expand the use of cameras to enforce law related to minor offenses and even discuss utilizing the Department of Transportation as the main agency that handles minor traffic offenses that involve no suspicion of serious criminal activity. These types of measures can protect youth from being a part of the "system" and keep them on a more positive trajectory as the continue to age and mature.
Education 12th grade high school, technical training United States Air Force
Qualifications FRED HILL is a Successful Businessman. Fred knows it takes a team of willing workers to achieve prosperity. Fred’s 20-year-old CBE-Certified portable sanitation company, (gotta-gonow.com) employs more than 400 workers and nearly 25 percent of his employees are returning citizens. He has received Top 100 small business awards from Prince Georges County and from Goldman Sachs. He believes in being honest, informed and relentless when it comes to pursuing excellence. FRED HILL has 30 Years of Experience in Construction and Housing. He has servedl as the Chief Division Manager at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development where he addressed housing code violations affecting senior citizens, including home repair and handicapped accessibility. His many skills include contract negotiation. He has the expertise to negotiate affordable housing contracts that will benefit city residents. FRED HILL is a Proud Armed Forces Veteran. A veteran who served in the Air Force as Nuclear Weapons Specialist and a Logistics Specialist, Fred has empathy and understanding about matters that affect veterans living in the district including mental health and homelessness among them. He is concerned about housing for veterans, as well as for working residents and seniors. He is qualified to represent veterans and their families in those matters. FRED HILL is a Cancer Survivor and Thriver. His personal battles have taught him the faith and fortitude needed to stay positive in the face of dire consequences. He can bring that fearlessness to the fight for the quality of life he wants to see for all residents of his city. FRED HILL is a Devoted Family Man. As a father and grandfather, Fred is concerned about families. He speaks out about safe and sturdy housing, community safety, access to health services and to fresh and healthy foods. He is a proponent of new and innovative pipelines to educational success in the community. FRED HILL Believes that D.C. Deserves Better: With his love of the city, Fred is confident that he can enhance District Government’s commitment to bring hope, trust and opportunity to its residents. Fred’s tireless and disciplined work ethic, gener;ous spirit and verifiable record of personal and business achievements make him the right choice for all the right reasons. FRED HILL is a Champion of the District’s mosaic of cultures and thought: A lifelong Democrat, Fred is running as an independent to ensure that he has access to meaningful dialogue from all points of view. “I am a truely unbiased community servant,” he says.
Campaign Twitter Handle @@FredHillatlarge
With respect to solving our Public Safety Challenges, we must reconsider how we compensate our Police Officers, Firefighters, First-Responders, Educators and Sanitation Workers. It is my position that we need to increase the compensation of these individuals by 30%. This will allow these individuals to live within the District of Columbia as home owners or renters. The very presence of these individuals within the community will greatly increase the community’s Public Safety Second, we should consider allow the students to pursue simultaneous educational routes that would lead to a vocational-technical skill coupled with a college degree.
I agree with this statement and will do my part to right a wrong that has plagued DC residents for over two-hundred years. For more than 200 years, the residents of Washington, DC have been subjected to systemic inequality and denied the full rights of citizenship that the residents of states enjoy including voting representation in Congress. It is time to right a great historic wrong. We need to first educate our residents of how we change from one entity that functions as a municipality, county and state to separate entities. This would involve educating the populace about financial systems, political structure and introducing a proposed timeline for change. Of course, we need to also have intense training on the legal process.
While there is an array of housing options for DC residents, the issue is whether they are accessible to residents AND truly affordable. There are programs that assist in purchasing or getting a home but if the established income levels are not met or if they are exceeded for certain programs, there may not be options for some. A person may become homeless thereby decreasing a person’s ability to move into a higher paying job. Each year the DHCD sets income guidelines and I promise I will be vigilant at the helm to have a voice for people who want to live in walking communities or anywhere else they feel is safe to live.
Safety is everyone’s job not just law enforcement. Our community must readopt “see something, say something” whether it’s your loved one or not. The crime statistics are out of control and the only way to get them under control is for the entire city to police itself. We must take responsibility and stop making excuses for not reporting the things we see destroying our community. Example: the recent violence in front of a senior building on O Street demonstrated what happens when we allow an open-air drug market to operate in front of many residents. This situation has gone on for years!

We must be more creative about how we integrate and use the Violence Interrupters Program. We must introduce a true Community Policing Program that creates real partnerships between the community members and the Police Department. There is no doubt that this can be done because residents are now exasperated and ready to implement creatively bold innovations.

We must address mental health issues
Our youth must be held accountable for their actions and the punishment should fit the punishment. For so long age has been a contributing factor to sentencing guidelines and the types of punishments our youth get. I believe in reform for those youth who find themselves in first or maybe second time minor offenses. Our career criminals must be held accountable especially if well-documented rehabilitation services and supports have been administered. I also believe that youth who are on point should be celebrated and acknowledged as much as the crime stats we see across our televisions. We must intervene earlier, pre-K and up. This intervention must be applied to children we see struggling with behavior challenges.

Parental responsibility must be examined more closely. No one size fits all can be applied in matters of juvenile justice. This is especially critical if it is established that parents (or guardians) are either involved in or create a criminal enterprise with a juvenile.
Campaign Email info@marshallfordc.com
Education District of Columbia Public Schools (Anne Beers Elementary, Francis Middle, Banneker High School); Dartmouth College; Washington College of Law (American University)
Qualifications I am the best candidate to bring new energy and ideas to the D.C. Council and improve the lives our our residents. I have twelve years of experience in the Executive Branch, more than five of which were spent as the Legislative Director for DDOE/DOEE. I am directly responsible for writing more than 20 pieces of legislation and more than 100 regulations. I am a barred attorney in MD and DC. I possess a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from George Washington University.
Campaign Twitter Handle @marshallfordc
As the next At-Large Councilmember I will focus on delivering equitable outcomes in both housing and education as those areas drive our residents’ belief in the fairness of the government and the system as a whole, affecting employment rates and consequently crime rates. I believe that our most important issues are interrelated and affect each other. I will prioritize public safety, mental health, and employment, but my top two priority issues will be 1) expanding the volume of and quality of Housing and 2) improving the quality of Education for all of our learners. Learn more about the Campaign’s priorities here: https://www.marshallfordc.com/priorities
The people of DC are ready to become the Douglas Commonwealth. We have a plan that has been approved by residents, the time is now. We have been denied full and fair representation in our national government for far too long. This is a civil rights issue!
Read more about my position on housing: https://www.marshallfordc.com/affordable-housing We must build more housing! We are seeing the consequences of a housing market failure in high rent and unobtainable purchase prices. There are more than 10,000 vacant units in the District that can be turned into affordable housing if we act in a comprehensive manner. As Councilmember I would work with the relevant agencies to increase the transparency and coordination of home ownership and home construction incentive/subsidy programs. I would increase home affordability through automatic enrollment in subsidy programs based on the information contained in DC-40s instead of requiring additional applications and overhauling HPAP.
We have to be honest with our residents. They are worried about being the victims of violent crime and looking for their representatives to provide real answers to improve their quality of life. As Councilmember, I would pair accountability with comprehensive approaches to rehabilitation that will lower the occurrence of crime and prevent recidivism. Read more about my approach to public safety here: https://www.marshallfordc.com/public-safety
The most effective way to reduce crime is to eliminate the causes of crime and encourage accountability. That means creating job, business, and education opportunities. That also means eliminating entrenched poverty and hopelessness. However, the youth justice system is explicitly rehabilitative. But, because of a lack of focus on accountability paired with a lack of resources to redirect and rehabilitate youthful offenders, the District has instead created a system where youth see their actions lack consequences or impact. We should be deliberate about driving rehabilitation. That means making sure that any youth who commit crimes are reformed during a custodial period and their home environments are comprehensively restored in time to allow the youth to return to a healthy and safe environment.
Education Howard University, University of Maryland School of Law
Qualifications Ward 5 Council-member, Former Civil Rights Attorney and Prosecutor
Campaign Twitter Handle @@kenyanmcduffie
Creating a safer and more economically inclusive DC. I will address public safety in a meaningful way that prioritizes accountability and opportunity. No crime, especially a violent crime, should go without the offender being held accountable. In addition to accountability, I will continue to focus on closing the opportunity gap that exists for too many marginalized youths living in poverty. Exposing them to opportunity will help prevent violence from happening in the first place, and help address the culture of gun violence that is too prevalent in our city. To change this culture, we must prioritize accountability and opportunity and make more community investments that create real economic pathways and futures for residents of our city.
As a fourth-generation Washingtonian, I have long recognized that DC residents will continue to be treated as second-class citizens of the U.S. until statehood is realized. I have advocated for past and existing federal legislation to: (1) shrink the size of the constitutionally mandated federal district; and (2) grant statehood to the more than 700K people who currently live and pay taxes in DC but lack the right to vote. Specifically, I support funding for the DC statehood delegation, so that they and their professional staff can work full-time to advocate for statehood in Congress. I also support funding statehood outreach in targeted districts around the country to create pressure on vulnerable members of Congress.
We must continue to help the vulnerable residents of the District and increase the housing options available to them. I have called upon the Mayor to increase the funding for the Housing Purchase Assistance Program, HPAP, specifically for DC Public High School graduates or vocational graduates. I have advocated for and will continue to work to increase funding and expansion of the Employee Assisted Housing Program, to help District employees receive 0% loans for their down payment. I worked with the Mayor advocating for the Black Homeownership Strikeforce which works to help decrease the homeownership amongst black residents of DC. Expanding upon the work I have done is crucial to ensuring our most vulnerable have housing options.
The NEAR Act remains one of the most comprehensive public safety and police reform laws passed anywhere in the nation. However, one vital component has not been implemented. So, I am calling for DC Health to establish, in accordance with the NEAR Act, an Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity to develop and implement a comprehensive public health strategy to combat the spread of violence in DC. I will continue to advocate for policies that immediately respond to crime by holding perpetrators accountable and addressing the root causes of crime. I want to flood communities that see a disproportionate amount of crime with resources and opportunities. DC needs non-police alternatives to respond to situations involving our neighbors struggling with mental health needs, addiction and substance use disorders, and homelessness. Finally, we must ensure our returning citizens receive housing and professional opportunities that help prevent their return to the criminal justice system.
For too long, the juvenile criminal justice system has relied on adult-justice tools and practices, which can be ineffective in reducing crime and often rob juveniles of their dignity, rehabilitation, and access to opportunity. I authored comprehensive juvenile justice reform to reduce DC’s school-to-prison pipeline by expanding voluntary victim-offender mediation services as an alternative to prosecution, eliminating the use of solitary confinement, and providing age-appropriate sentencing. The law also improves oversight of juvenile justice agencies and services by creating a data-driven approach with a focus on addressing the root cause of crime, which makes it less likely that youth will re-offend. More of our youth should be provided personalized services and diversion programs when they come into contact with the justice system. The vast majority of juveniles that participate in these programs are not re-arrested.
Campaign Email info@grahamfordc.com
Education UNC Chapel Hill
Qualifications 20 years operational and financial management; executive at a Fortune 5 company; helped a number of formerly incarcerated individuals launch businesses that now hire 40 DC residents
Campaign Twitter Handle @@GrahamforDC1
Website GrahamforDC.com
Ensuring Every Resident is Safe- This means every resident can walk down their street 24/7 without fear of violence. To do that, we must hold individuals accountable for violent actions through prosecution and incarceration. We also should rethink what jail looks like to support more effective reentry, and put in long-term public health solutions to build greater opportunity and equality. However, we must address the escalating crime immediately by holding people accountable.

Effective Stewardship- We must steward our $19.5B budget with data-driven, evidence-based oversight and analysis. I have >20 years of operational and financial management experience that I would put to work ensuring investments in housing, etc. accomplish our goals
I am fully supportive of DC statehood. We can begin preparing by taking over current federal responsibilities, such as handling parole for our citizens, and showing we have the finances and the operational excellence to handle other transfers.
Increasing housing for the most vulnerable residents requires a multi-pronged strategy that includes increasing building overall through zoning and other changes, increasing preservation efforts, partnering with faith institutions to make it easier for them to build affordable housing on their land, increasing affordability targets on public and quasi-public land, more effectively managing the Housing Production Trust Fund so the appropriate amount of money goes to housing for the most vulnerable, and opening up the opportunity for more "shadow rentals" in private homes (which currently provides the most affordable housing in the city, but could be increased)
Per the comments above, it is a short and long term strategy. Short term we must hold individuals who are acting in a violent manner accountable. We must remove them from society, and support them as they reenter on a new and successful path. In parallel, I support increased funding for out of school time programs for DC youth, vocational and apprenticeship programs in every high school, and improving the effectiveness of our workforce development programs to provide enhanced pathways to employment.

Keep DC residents safe requires immediate action and police intervention. If someone is engaged in violence they must be arrested and prosecuted. If someone is in mental health crisis, we should immediately intervene with social workers (and invest in mental health facilities that support longer term solutions). The appropriate response must be provided to the crisis in order to keep DC residents safe.
I opened my home for about a decade to men coming home from prison. I played basketball on Saturdays at YSC (the juvenile detention center) and for awhile held weekly programming nights there. We must invest more heavily in therapeutic support for these young people, ensuring they do not fall further behind in their education, and build vocational options to build pathways to quality work as they return to society and plan out their next steps.
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Campaign Website http://niosi2022.com
Campaign Email giuseppe@niosi2022.com
Education St. Anselm's Abbey School, US Merchant Marine Academy, George Washington University
Qualifications Commissioned Officer in US Navy Reserves, Bachelors of Science in Marine Engineering, (in progress) Masters in Engineering Management, US Coast Guard Engineering License Unlimited Tonnage
Campaign Twitter Handle @@niosi2022
Website niosi2022.com
As a native Washingtonian and Navy Reservist running for DC Council At-Large my top 2 priorities are addressing the District's public safety concerns and providing fiscal responsibility and oversight to our current budget. To start, I have been working with the DC Police Union to create a dialogue and chart a path moving forward to overcome the crime surge we have been experiencing. I plan on ensuring the DC Police have the proper training and tools to help perform their duty while facilitating lines of communication with the various other police entities in Washington, DC. I intend to address how funds are dispersed on a city-wide level to help save taxpayer money while supporting programs of merit that have proven to work.
I agree that the push to admit DC to the union is a noble endeavor. Embedded in our city motto, “No taxation without representation” is a truth that has stood the test of time since the dawning of this great country’s inception. The only way we can assure our destiny to be admitted to the union is to gain bi-partisan support from both Republicans and Democrats. We need to show the nation that the democratic process is alive and well in Washington, DC. On that historic day, we must work hand in hand to carry ourselves across the finish line as a win for one is a win for all.
We must incentivize transparent information distribution to ensure everyone involved understands the policies which directly affect their housing. I aim to address the concerning areas of the policies for affordable housing and create tangible results. We need to work towards renters transitioning to homeowners, and make the public more aware of the programs offered in the city like the Homestead Act or transfer tax reductions for potential buyers. The current policies in place are well intended, but fall short of operationally and conclusively helping our most vulnerable residents find safe and affordable housing. We have a duty to keep for our various workers and their families who live in DC housed through affordable housing subsidies.
Improving the safety of DC Residents needs a multifaceted plan in place. We need a well-trained and well-staffed police force, preferably living in DC. When you have skin in the game to protect your neighborhood, you take more pride in your work. We need to not cripple our police force by being lenient on consequences for criminal actions. If a crime is committed, a punishment fitting of that crime should be issued. We need to continue to build a rapport between our communities and the police force to incentivize an open dialogue to evaluate performance. Our police force must be able to communicate with the litany of other police entities in the District. Information must be shared to help keep everyone safe.
It should be direly difficult to commit a crime, especially at a young age. We must be proactive as opposed to reactive. It is our responsibility to fund programs where the youth in our city can go to learn a marketable skill and give back to their community before they choose to live a life of crime. We could incentivize job-related opportunities for young adults leaving high school by allowing the armed forces or various labor unions to visit our DC public schools for job fairs. We need our youth to have hope for the future; the buck has to stop somewhere! Positive role models and mentors can offer so much for a growing mind who is looking for direction in their life. Far too often we hear of seasoned criminals grooming younger generations knowing there are minimal ramifications for their actions. This is problematic on so many levels! We are losing the battle for the sanctity of our youth by not cracking down on their crimes and setting them up for future failure.
Education PhD Brown University, Geochemistry
Qualifications Long term human rights activist in DC, climate/environmental scientist
Campaign Twitter Handle @@DavidSchwartzm1
Website theearthisnotforsale.org/DavidforDCCouncil.pdf
Increase DC’s TANF income support to highest national level, establish DC Public Power and a DC Public Bank. Funding to achieve these goals should come from a tax hike on the big corporate/developer sector and the elimination of DC budget subsidies now going to market housing. If elected I will use my office as an organizing center to implement these goals, in collaboration with organizations such as the Fair Budget Coalition, We Power DC Coalition and the DC Public Banking Center. My salary will be fully used in this effort.
Addressing DC's shockingly high income inequality and poverty levels with a much stronger commitment by the DC Council and Mayor to reduce them will serve to empower a more militant and active grassroots statehood movement. The implementation of a Green New Deal in DC (https://thedcline.org/2022/01/31/david-schwartzman-revisiting-a-green-new-deal-for-dc-in-2022/) within the framework of Home Rule will push its limits and empower the struggle for DC Statehood by making possible increased militancy and energy of our residents, holding the U.S. government accountable to world public opinion. Efforts must continue to educate the national public on our struggle. For more on recent history/preparation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp_W4heeNaw.
Immediately increase the required allotment of housing in the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) going to these residents, including permanent housing for the homeless, with stronger enforcement, given the deficiencies noted in the DC Auditor’s report. Pass B24-0802 - Green New Deal for Housing Amendment Act of 2022 to create social housing and establish a DC Public Bank in partnership. The provision of affordable housing should be decommodified, i.e., housing as a human right. Hence, the HPTF should be phased out with its taxpayers’ funding used to promote social housing along with the stronger implementation of DOPA and TOPA. Community land trusts should also be expanded to provide permanent affordability.
First, strengthen interventions to promote non-violent resolutions of conflict (e.g., the NEAR Act). I will work to eliminate poverty, especially child poverty with the provision of 21st Century jobs, in particular by establishing comprehensive apprenticeship programs in DC high schools and in high-poverty neighborhoods for 21st-century employment, especially in the renewable energy and agroecology/organic agriculture sectors. The needs of our returning citizens and their families must be strongly addressed by DC government.
I support the ACLU’s comprehensive analysis, posted at https://www.aclu.org/other/aclu-fact-sheet-juvenile-justice-system. For example, the distinction between young offenders and adult criminals must be kept. Prevention must be the priority, not locking up juvenile offenders. And of course the elimination of child poverty will contribute to better outcomes.
Campaign Email elissa@elissafordc.com
Education AB, Brown University
Qualifications I'm running for re-election to continue to make life better in D.C. for working families and local businesses. In my eight years in office, I've overseen the implementation of D.C. paid family leave, I've funded programs to prevent eviction, improve public housing, and keep seniors in their homes, and I've put protections in place to make sure workplaces are safe and healthy. I've been a watchdog over the efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars. I will continue vigorous oversight of D.C. agencies.
Campaign Twitter Handle @@tweetelissa
My top two priorities: 1. Spending your tax dollars effectively and efficiently on the programs that matter most in public safety, public education, housing, public health, and workforce development 2. Working with all voices to come to solutions on our toughest challenges. I think my successful work chairing the city's effort on redistricting is demonstration of how I will accomplish this.
I want to focus on strengthening D.C.'s Home Rule Charter. First and foremost, we need to make sure our local self-government is stabilized and enhanced and not under threat from Congress.
First, we need more effective administration of our voucher programs. The D.C. Council funded more Permanent Supportive Housing Vouchers in this year's budget to move people from tents to permanent housing but data shows that the vouchers are being underutilized. It helps the unhoused residents and the city when we move people out of tents into housing. Second, we need to focus the D.C. Housing Authority back on its mission of providing housing for our working families earning the minimum wage. Again, much of that housing has fallen into disrepair. This is unhealthy for residents and not good for our city.
We need a strategic plan to address the issue of illegal guns in our city. Too many people have access to deadly weapons and are using them. This takes coordination between Chief Contee and MPD, the Attorney General's Office and his violence interruption program Cure the Streets, Mayor Bowser and her violence interruption program in the Office of the Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and her head of gun violence prevention. We also need to address street safety: Too many pedestrians, cyclists and drivers are getting killed on our streets as well. I agree with the police reform task force: Let's create a traffic safety division separate from MPD to truly tackle this issue.
We need to more effectively address the behavioral health issues that led youth to make decisions put them in the justice system. What we want to do is change behavior and help these youth people see the promise of their lives and make better decisions for their future. If we do not issue the trauma and triggers, then we won't see behavioral change.