Adequate housing is a first step to education

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Morey Mechlin

I have always been a strong advocate of education. Through my work, study and voluntarism, I’ve learned that education is the great equalizer. As far back as 1848, Horace Mann cited in Education and Social Inequity that, “Education, beyond all other divides of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men – the balance wheel of the social machinery.”

All data supports the reality that high quality schools level the playing field for disadvantaged children. Education gives children and youth critical skills and competencies for the workplace that fuels economic growth and development for all. If I had won the lottery, I would have put my winnings — after taxes, of course — toward educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

However, in recent years, I’ve become aware of an even more basic human need — stable, safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing. My son, who was working for a Baltimore/DC affordable housing group, started bringing the issues surrounding stable and affordable housing to my attention. Local advocates like Annie Busch, Doug Pitt and Debbie Hart were also urging our community to understand and address this most basic need.

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