Cheri believes that home ownership and high-quality affordable rental housing are critical to families’ and individuals’ economic security and well-being. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic hardship it caused, North Carolinians across our state were struggling to pay their rent or find safe, affordable housing for themselves and their families.
Our state faces widespread shortages of affordable rental homes, and the cost of rent has more than doubled over the last 10 years on average. While the American Rescue Plan provided resources to address homelessness and moratoriums did help some people stay in their homes during the pandemic, urgent Congressional action is needed to address both short- and longer-term comprehensive solutions to the housing crisis in America.
As Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Cheri took action during the pandemic and created a first of its kind mediation program with tenants and landlords to help people stay in their homes.
Cheri supports solutions that focus on building and expanding housing options for some of our most vulnerable including seniors, low-income families, individuals, and veterans. She believes we must also make investments for repairs and upgrades that make housing safe and energy efficient and expanding climate-resilient housing and infrastructure. We must also expand homelessness prevention programs that provide rent relief with direct payments to landlords and increase pathways to affordable home ownership. She will also fight to end discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of a home.
Expanding Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care
Cheri believes that whether you live in Chapel Hill or Cherokee every North Carolinian must have access to quality affordable health care.
Strengthening Our Children’s Future
Cheri believes that our classrooms should be places of opportunity for all children to realize their abilities, pursue their dreams and gain the skills they need for 21st century jobs.
Creating Jobs and Growing Economic Opportunity for All of North Carolina
Cheri believes we must make targeted investments in creating and growing good paying jobs, workforce development and expanding economic opportunity for all North Carolinians.
Supporting Small Towns, Rural Areas and Agriculture
Cheri believes that there has never been a more important time to invest in improving the quality of life, educational opportunities and economic stability of our rural communities.
Standing Up for Women’s Rights
As a working mother, Cheri knows firsthand the challenges women can face in the workplace. As Chief Justice, she took action to establish a family leave policy for court employees to ensure people could take care of their families and be successful in their jobs.
Taking On the Climate Crisis and Protecting Our Environment
Cheri believes that tackling the climate crisis is imperative to our health, economy, and security, and the consequences of inaction are already hurting the people of our state.
Protecting Our Fundamental Right to Vote & Strengthening Our Democracy
Cheri believes that the right to vote is among the most sacred rights in our democracy, and every eligible voter should be able to register, cast a ballot, and have that vote counted.
Honoring Our Veterans, Servicemembers and Military Families
Cheri believes that we have a sacred duty to the men and women who serve in our armed forces as well as their families and the communities who support them.
Keeping North Carolina Communities Safe
Cheri believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes, communities, houses of worship, schools, and workplaces.
Reforming our Criminal Justice System
Cheri believes that we must take action to reform our criminal justice system, ensure equal protection under the law, protect civil liberties, and strengthen public safety.
Fixing our Immigration System
Cheri believes that America’s broken immigration system has been ignored for too long. Instead of playing politics, our leaders must focus on solutions that will fix the system and reflect our American values.