The Change of Direction Plan was devised to detail my vision for Houston, Texas and to provide a better quality of life for Houston residents. The Change of Direction plan is not just another political skit or stunt. It is an actual plan to provide Houstonians with the best version of our city and provide growth. My goal is to highlight a few of the most pressing issues that need immediate attention in Houston, TX. The first subject, Mental health, details a plan to address the crisis. Houstonians are suffering from mental illnesses and are not getting the attention they need. Instead, residents of Houston are being cycled in and out of jail and not being accepted by some health facilities. The second subject, Bridging The Gap Between Police Officers And Houstonians. It is no secret that Officers and the residents of Houston no longer trust each other. We must take policing back to the basics and allow Houstonians to express themselves without consequences. Houstonians and Officers are literally exhausted from both a physical and verbal fight for justice. The community cannot flourish if we do not have trust, and the relationship on both ends will not be repaired. Good Officers exist, like Officer Williams, and really have a passion for what they do. The third subject, Flooding In Communities. Historical neighborhoods such as 3rd and 5th Ward continue to flood during Hurricane season. The flooding in those neighborhoods are permanently destroying historical homes and leaving Houstonians bearing the burden of their community flooding.
Mental health is a crisis not only in Houston but all over the world. It is imperative that the residents of Houston struggling with mental illnesses receive adequate care. Mental illness does not discriminate against race, creed, social status, or gender. Several Houstonian’s suffer from undiagnosed or under treated mental illnesses.
As a community we must address the “elephant in the room.” Police Officers and Houstonians do not trust each other. The residents of Houston are afraid of Police Officers and believe some Officers abuse their authority. The media has grouped all Officers into one bad image. This is not true and good Officers do exist. However, we cannot be oblivious to the actions of wayward Officers that are deemed “bad apples.” The safety of our Officers and the residents of Houston are extremely important. The goal is to publicly address the problem and render a sincere solution.
Houston is a very beautiful city, but flooding is a major problem. Flooding has left our communities riddled by destruction. Historical homes have been ruined by the flooding. We have to protect and restore the integrity of our communities. The flooding situation has to be addressed and a solution must be rendered.