Syracuse, NY –On Saturday June 2nd , Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter joined We Rise Above the Streets for their weekly “Sandwich Saturdays” program. The weekly event brings together volunteers to make sandwiches that are distributed as part of the group’s mission to support homeless people in Syracuse. Balter issued the following statement:
“The work that We Rise Above the Streets does is remarkable. Al-amin Muhammad is an inspiring man who reminds us that feeding empty stomachs is important but, by itself, not enough. We must also feed the soul with kindness and dignity.
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The economy is improving nationally, but too many people in Central New York are still being left behind. We’re seeing more families without housing, more young people without a safe place to sleep. In Syracuse, one in ten school children are homeless. And instead of focusing on lifting people up, the Trump administration wants to raise rents on low-income households and force single parents to choose between low-wage jobs and losing their homes.”
“When I go Congress, I’ll push to help our community organizations win investments to build more safe housing, rehab existing homes, and help our low-income families find the stability they need to build a future for their children. Our elderly, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty should be able to live, work and learn in their communities, not be separated and segregated.”
Dana Balter is the designated Democratic candidate for Congress in Central New York’s 24th District. She has worked as a special ed teacher, Director of Education, and advocate for people with disabilities. Dana moved to Syracuse in 2003 and teaches courses at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has built a powerful grassroots campaign that gathered nearly 8,000 signatures and earned the endorsement of every county Democratic Committee in the district.