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“Implementation of this vision will require a culture change … reinforcing positive skills and practices and replacing practices which may cause physical, emotional or psychological pain or distress,” the report states.
It remains to be seen how the plan will actually take effect. Many of the proposals, such as increasing the stock of affordable housing, will be expensive. The drafting committee is still working on an overall cost estimate. Solon said officials are also considering the creation of a “permanent office” for holding state agencies accountable for fulfilling the plan.
Today, Dolata runs her own personal-care attendant business.
“I would probably not be here today to talk to you without safe and affordable housing and without meaningful things to do,” Dolata said. “After all, what else is there to live for?
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