ISSUES/ POLICY

Affordable housing is a priority.

Housing is a universal human right which should be available to every individual, regardless of their economic or mental health circumstances. Bihi is acutely aware of the housing crisis in our city and will work to fix it by:

  • Increasing funds allocated towards affordable housing, which was a nightmare even before our current public health crisis. COVID-19 has starkly revealed that affordable housing is a mass, existential problem and our city is currently ill-equipped to protect fellow citizens from homelessness.

  • Capping rent increases and expanding resources for first-time homebuyers.

  • Fighting displacement and giving more power to tenants. A bad credit score, your income, an old criminal record or eviction record greater than three years shouldn’t be a basis to be turned down by landlords.

  • Working for affordable home ownership. Many of our neighbors are immigrants who came to this nation to achieve the American dream. Unfortunately, the disparity in home ownership in our city is bigger than in most cities across the United States.

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Increasing job opportunities.

Bihi has always pushed for increased employment and economic opportunities. In the past 20 years, he’s helped attract business and jobs to our neighborhoods. He plans to expand on these initiatives by:

  • Partnering with stakeholders in the city to hire people from Ward 6 and to enforce policies for encouraging a diverse workforce in both the private and public sectors.

  • Providing training that can jump-start careers and equip people with the proper skill sets needed to be a useful resource for corporations and small businesses.

  • Hold events and seminars to create a space for job seekers and potential employers to meet and socialize.

  • Enforcing the minimum wage ordinance to pull citizens out of poverty and develop sustainable blueprints for our businesses.

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Dealing with COVID-19.

The response to the virus from the federal and local government shifts from week to week, according to the prevalence of infections. The Paycheck Protection Program was notoriously hard for small businesses seeking help while disproportionally rewarding big businesses.

Small, community-based businesses matter as much as giant corporations and usually employ more people. They’re the pillars of our community and our neighborhoods wouldn’t be the same without them. Bihi will work to make sure our small businesses get a fair shake and continue to remain vital and viable.

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Confronting the opioid crisis.

Our community has been ravaged by a scourge that’s decimated our young men and women. Bihi will work to connect people suffering from substance abuse or undiagnosed mental health issues with culturally sensitive city resources. He plans to:  

  • Increase education funding and community resource centers to help eliminate ignorance and misinformation about the opioid crisis.

  • Destigmatize mental health problems and end the culture of shame that surrounds victims of sexual abuse.

  • Fund more clinical research and implement expert recommendations.

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Addressing the equity gap.

It is no secret that there is racial inequity in our city and the Sixth Ward is no exception. Bihi has seen firsthand the type of inequities people of color face when applying for housing, job training, or healthcare. The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately affecting people of color. We need to do everything possible to keep people housed, working, and healthy. We owe it to ourselves and each other to protect the most marginalized among us.

Police reform is imperative.

Public safety and equal treatment under the law cannot wait. The Minneapolis Police Department has repeatedly failed to provide safety and protection for all of our citizens. If Bihi is elected, he plans to work with fellow stakeholders to reimagine and rebuild the police department.

Our police department is fundamentally broken. And George Floyd’s murder has added heightened urgency to a longstanding conversation on reform and the division between police and communities of color.

The structural racism that exists in the M.P.D makes it impossible for any fundamental reform to happen. That’s why we need to dismantle the department and create an equitable, unbiased, agency which protects Minneapolitans unconditionally, with courage and compassion. However, we also have to prioritize the safety of our citizens and their property in the process.

PAID FOR BY Neighbors for Bihi for City Council Ward 6

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