Those who were once smiling like the cat who swallowed the canary are now beginning to choke on that very same canary because of the suggestions and blueprint that were given to you, Madame president, in last week's column.
I'm going to take it a step further and explain to you what you need to do in order to be different and get better results for your people than the previous presidents. You may just become the model for every low-income housing project, not just in the county but all of America.
One of the first things you must do after meeting with your board and getting a plan together for your residents is to sit down with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey E. Edmondson and U. S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. These two elected officials are vital to your success in bringing about change and getting a different set of results to the residents of Liberty Square. In all actuality, they really go hand in hand and will be your best one-two punch, that also has a proven track record of getting things done.
You must also include newly elected Florida State Rep. Dotie Joseph and Florida State Sen. Jason Pizzo, which would give you the opportunity to cover all of the bases as you present your plan for your people without any outside interference. Also, let them see how you've surrounded yourself with people who will follow your vision and get things done. The Lord declares in His word in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” and Habakkuk 2:2 says, "Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." Go out and hire an executive director and get a staff for Liberty Square who will not only follow your vision but will give you further insight as to how great you can be as a leader. Take advantage of the working relationships that you have as the president with Related Urban and other organizations.
You have to dare to be different now that you are the president and help those residents not become permanent fixtures of low-income housing as years past, but to put them in the position to become homeowners with occupations that will allow them to pay off the homes that they will soon purchase.
There's a way to make them so successful that everyone will begin to look at you and ask how did she do what the two previous presidents Barbara Pierre and Sara Smith couldn't do – that is, make those residents successful. Madame president, this is your Esther moment; you have been put in place, "for such a time as this."