COVID-19 Response & Recovery
Centering Equity & a Just Recovery
COVID-19 is a global pandemic that has had catastrophic impacts in California. We must do more as a state to guarantee short-term relief and build out long-term structures to lessen the negative impacts of COVID-19 and prepare to better respond to future pandemics. Millions of people are suffering, and we need our government to take bold action to provide the care and support we need.
Short Term Response Priorities
In the short-term, it is critical that we provide immediate relief to individuals and families. This means that we must:
• Guarantee free testing and treatment for COVID-19 and related complications and push for affordable healthcare for all.
• Stop all evictions until at least December 31, 2021, expand repayment periods to ensure individuals have at least 10 years to pay back missed rent, and work to fully forgive rent for as many people as possible.
• Expand hotels and vacant units being converted into housing for unhoused community members and begin looking into plans for how this housing will work as we move beyond COVID-19.
• Guarantee free WiFi and broadband access for every Californian, regardless of income or immigration status.
• Aim to expand access to affordable childcare options.
• Increase resources for processing local benefits applications, including unemployment insurance.Advocate for increased federal supports for small businesses.
We must also be careful to create evidenced-based plans with public health experts for re-opening businesses, schools, and other spaces across California. In particular, we need to promote clear and simple public health directives that will help us manage risk, including increasing the use of socially distanced outdoor gatherings to replace indoor ones and mandating the use of masks. We must center equity as we approach the question of reopening: communities of color have been hardest hit by COVID-19 across California and the rest of the US, and it is crucial that we put into place policies that will address this inequity.
Long Term Recovery Priorities
In the long-term, we must build robust supports to provide long lasting relief and build out structures that will make us more resilient in the face of future pandemics. Fatima will fight to:
• Invest heavily in building more affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households through a Green New Deal.
• Build more public transportation infrastructure through a Green New Deal, including bike lanes and safe buses that have shorter, more frequent routes that reduce the amount of time passengers spend in an enclosed space with others.
• Guarantee just wages for home health aides, domestic workers, and other caretakers.Invest more in community health worker programs that promote community-based and culturally relevant programming to expand public health knowledge to individuals in their native language.
• Modernize our government benefits systems to reduce redundancy, quicken processing time, and allow people to quickly and easily access multiple state benefits through a single application.
• Advocate on a federal level for free and universal healthcare and childcare.
Paid for by Fatima Iqbal-Zubair for Assembly 2020 FPPC ID# 1420710
5429 Madison Avenue Sacramento, CA 95841