Graphic by Bruna Costa

So this picture is something that prompts me to ask about the younger generation’s view of housing instability. I feel there should be more done to help children, families and individuals that are in emergency situations. One such example is my niece. She’s 13 years old and has expressed some frustrations about her experience with a housing program.

Towards the end of 2014, almost 10 years ago, my daughter Eboni and I were in the DC General Family shelter and faced the very real possibility of being on the street. But in an amazing twist, the phenomenal Street Sense Media community, along with a spectacular social worker named Julie Turner, and former D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham managed to give us the help we needed to get through this situation.

But after all this, we are still living and still learning and seeing more of what needs to be done. For me, it’s really deep and powerful that my daughter Onyx took these pictures, even though her experience with housing wasn’t the same as what Eboni and I went through.

I just want to say I am thankful for having Street Sense Media as an outlet. While I grow and heal from my journey, my daughters have picked up some things from the workshops along the way. But the community has also been really supportive of us for all these years, even before I became involved here.

Onyx will be 6 in September. We’ve been in housing from 2015 to present.

Anyhow, the event on June 3, 2023 was a nice day to support and contribute to the People For Fairness Coalition.

The event was held at Franklin Park and was nice but also it is important. We are all people and I think when we stick together, it makes a difference.

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