MHK needs to work on housing crisis
People all across the nation are preparing for the holiday season, a time where we come together as families to express love and compassion for one another. However, this experience cannot be taken for granted.
With housing playing a critical role in things like health, job security and fundamental well being, I am shocked people do not have vital resources they need to get off their feet. Especially around the holiday season.
In 2011, I left my now ex-husband because of an abusive relationship. My 3-year-old daughter and I found ourselves without access to finances, food and shelter. There was no family to call. There was no friends in the area, due to being a military family. However, I had no choice but to leave this toxic environment.
Finding a safe and affordable place to stay was a challenge. I was homeless for over five years, because I could not get back on my feet. Our social safety net has failed many of our most vulnerable like my daughter.
This holiday season, I am calling upon our city commissioners to take action on the housing crisis here in Manhattan. This begins with developing a viable rental inspection program, followed by a housing trust fund, then neighborhood revitalization.
This piece was originally published in The Mercury on Nov. 16, 2018.