Brooklyn, NY: Emely

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How have housing issues impacted your life?

My father’s business is being taken away because of the gentrification in the area. They’re not continuing my father’s lease so he is forced to get a new job because now his job is gone. My house how…a lot of simple repairs in my home aren’t done fast enough, and even when they do fix things, they’re not fixed well. Rent is getting really, really high. We live in a rent controlled apartment, but it’s still getting harder, and then my dad is losing his business. It’s like, crashing, whatever.

What is your biggest fear?

That I won’t be able to live here when I’m older and raise my kids. That my parents won’t be able to afford to live here anymore, because they’re going to get older and. It’s just going to get harder for me and my family.

Why are you passionate about housing?

I can’t avoid it. It’s in my personal life. My family has to deal with it, and my friends have to deal with it. I don’t like seeing people become homeless. It’s my morals. I care because it’s not fair to others. Everybody deserves to live in a nice home.