The COVID 19 Pandemic has impacted all of us, but has disproportionately affected historically marginalized communities within Madison. We are witnessing historic job loss and small business closures that are impacting our neighbors’ abilities to support themselves, including even paying rent. During the budget session, I worked on a $250,000 relief fund to bring the funding total for COVID relief to $725,000. These funds will be used by the community to address needs for which state and federal grant resources are not available. The priority areas for these funds will be for rental assistance, legal aid, and other eviction prevention services, and to support survivors of domestic abuse and violence.
I also stood with the community and co-sponsored the bill to request UW-Madison to move their in-person classes to online. The bill failed at Council but I stood with the needs and safety of the community and I will continue to do so for as long as I serve as your alder.