Where do I stand on the “issues” affecting Cambridge?
Stay tuned for more on that…in the meantime, allow me to talk to you about my home.
It is a nice home, pretty standard as they come. Walls, doors that lock, windows and so forth… oh yeah and a roof. A good one that doesn’t leak (we had it re-shingled 2 years ago to make sure it wouldn’t leak).
If you think I am being a smart-ass, please think again.
I am simply telling you my truth, and here is another one: for most of my 47 plus years on this planet, I have taken for granted that I would always have a roof over my head. Whether I went to school or not, worked or not, deserved it or not, or even could afford it or not.
I always figured that somehow or another I would have a home, and I always have. It has been ever changing, sometimes it has been a couch in someone’s basement, a room in a boarding house, an apartment, a condo, a house and so on.
But it has always been there.
I am no longer prepared to accept that somehow I “earned” this privilege, while someone else hasn’t.
So I firmly and unequivocally believe that everyone should have access to adequate, affordable housing.
Access to affordable and adequate housing is a universal right in my book.
I will fight day and night for the city to do what it can to ensure that every resident has access to adequate and affordable housing.
Everyone deserves a safe, secure place to rest their bones at the end of their day, care for their loved ones and pile their stuff. “Home” in whatever form it takes. For many people (including me), who have never been without a roof over their head, it may be impossible to understand quite how fundamental this is.
Ask any kid who ever played Minecraft what the very first thing they do. Build a home (with a roof so the spiders do not get in!) before it gets dark.
I really do not think it is too much to expect that we do everything we can to ensure everyone has that same possibility right here in Cambridge.
The good news is there is ALREADY tremendous progress made on this front.
All levels of government are working together to address the situation, and I support a continued emphasis on increasing the quantity of affordable and adequate housing units available.
Yet, too many people in Cambridge do not have somewhere to call home, and that simply is not the way it should be.
We are a part of a rich country in a rich world and we can do better. And if I have anything to do with it, we will.