Destiny on the Issues
A strong economy is critically important to the 6th District and is one of Destiny’s top priorities. She recognizes that small businesses and the local workforce are the backbone of our economy and will advocate for those who have lost income due to COVID-19. She champions tax relief for families, paid family and medical leave, and pay equality for all. While serving as a senior legislative analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Destiny helped drive policy that expanded and diversified the U.S. workforce. She will build on that success as a member of Congress to help make the 6th district a more vibrant and prosperous place to live, work, and grow a business.
On any given night, more than half a million people experience homelessness in the United States. Across the 6th district, the lack of affordable housing units is hurting families that are facing housing insecurity, inflation, and financial hardship. By making housing affordable, Congress can position more people for homeownership and reduce the homeless population, which will strengthen the middle class and our overall economy.
While serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Destiny led the Title V program, a Biden-Harris Administration priority that enables homeless assistance providers to use unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal properties to assist people experiencing homelessness nationwide. Destiny believes that programs like Title V are both effective and fiscally responsible as reports show that each year, 2 million Americans receive assistance through Title V. In Congress, she will work to fully fund and scale up the Title V program to achieve optimal results.
Expanding Access to Health Care
As a public health expert who has personally experienced multiple life-threatening maternal health issues, Destiny’s number one priority in Congress will be ensuring access to high-quality, culturally competent, affordable health care for all people. Too many families across the 6th District are uninsured and unable to access the care they need. Destiny will work hand-in-hand with a multi-stakeholder, grassroots coalition to inform her public health policy agenda and pass bipartisan legislation to strengthen the health workforce, eliminate cost barriers to care, and reduce health disparities among people of color and low-income populations.
Expanding and diversifying the health workforce is critically important to ensuring that every American has access to the care they need, when they need it. Having served in the United States Department of Health and Human Services at the Health Resources and Services Administration, Destiny has worked with some of Maryland’s most notable healthcare experts to improve the way health care is managed in the state and across the nation. Together, we will find solutions that work for everyone, no matter their background.
We must invest in what we value, and Destiny values a society where every child, regardless of their background has access to a quality education that propels them toward success economically, socially, and culturally. As a mother of three children actively attending public schools in the district, Destiny knows that education is one of the most powerful ways to empower our youth and cultivate their unique talents and abilities. Our communities thrive when every student receives a quality education, regardless of their zip code or ability. Destiny pledges to work with educators and parents to strengthen public education in the district and across the nation.
Climate change is a scientific fact, a national security issue, and a fundamental environmental justice issue. Negative impacts of climate change disproportionately harm vulnerable populations in our society and threaten the sustainability of life on our planet. In Congress, Destiny will prioritize practical policy for District 6, based on science, not rhetoric. This includes providing Federal incentives and funding for local carbon reduction plans, pioneering carbon capture technology, and ensuring that the federal government leads climate resilience planning missions in every town and city across our district, state, and nation.
District 6 is home to one of the most diverse populations in the United States thanks to our dynamic immigrant community. Immigrants contribute invaluable skills and energy to our communities in the district and across the United States. Many leave behind everything they love in search of freedom and a better life for their families. They serve as caretakers to our elderly, provide manpower that supports our food supply chain by growing, harvesting, processing, and selling food, and are hard-working entrepreneurs who strengthen our economy. In Congress, I will advocate for immigration policies that create pathways to legal status and reinforce national security measures.
Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for this country. We owe it to them to provide the support they need to make a successful transition back into civilian life after completing their service. As a military spouse, I recognize the unique challenges facing our veterans. I am fully committed to amplifying their voices in Congress to provide better access to the health care, education, housing, and employment opportunities needed for sustaining themselves and their families.