Sen. Todd Young in Kentland

(NCE PHOTO/GREGORY MYERS)

(NCE PHOTO/GREGORY MYERS)

U.S. Senator Todd Young is pictured with Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce President Debby Shufflebarger and Kentland Rotarian John Frischie after the his roundtable discussion Monday in Kentland.

KENTLAND—U.S. Senator Todd Young spoke to members of the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kentland Rotary Monday (Aug. 13) about his legislation for affordable housing, as well, as key local issues.

Senator Young, during a roundtable discussion, said that he and his staff have been keeping a close eye on the ICE Detention Center controversy that has dominated headlines the past few months.

“I feel a detention center should not go anywhere where it is not wanted, “said Young. “I will look into The Geo Group’s proposal to ICE and see what recourse the local community has, and help with the flow of information that has been lacking on this issue.”

The Senator’s objective on meeting with numerous community leaders over the next few weeks is to visit areas that aren’t used to seeing a U.S. Senator very much.

“I want to hold many roundtable discussions in urban and rural areas across the state,” added Young. “So far, I keep identifying a lot of the same issues; the opioid crisis, the need to upscale workers, and the lack of affordable housing in certain areas.”

Young is introducing bipartisan legislation that he feels will help address the affordable housing crisis.

“This bill would create a task force to analyze the impacts of affordable housing and make recommendations to Congress,” said the Senator. “It is my opinion that the lack of affordable housing has a negative impact on economic mobility, healthcare and educational performance.”

Young also said he hopes to help pass an infrastructure bill that would provide funding for better broadband access to rural areas to help with economic development.

“In today’s world, if you don’t have good broadband access it is hard to attract or even keep the companies you want,” added Young. “You need to have a major online presence and an attractive website to promote economic development to your community, but you need the infrastructure to follow up on that.”