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Would you feel clean after taking a bath in mold and mildew? Of course not. No matter the brand of soap (Dove, Dial, Irish Spring) you will never feel clean.  My 8  year old daughter has to get shots every Tuesday because of this. 

Regardless of the living conditions, I still try to make a nice, pretty, and decent home for my daughter.  

8 years on this air mattress. How much longer? This is my living room and my bedroom. 

I remember spending my childhood on 14th and Chapin Street. I was always amazed at the character of the houses on my street. Now all I see are condos being shoved in small spaces. At this time, there are currently 5 condos being built on my street. Every single condo is priced at $500,000 or more. Who can afford that? 

This used to be an electric company. They knocked it down to make condos. Once they knock it down they don’t care about how people will live, they only care about making money. This made me frustrated because if we just worked together and helped each other than we wouldn’t have all of these problems in DC and the world. But the companies only care about making money, not helping people. 

This is our stove- it caught on fire while I was cooking and I had to use a fire extinguisher to put it out. Now I can’t use it and I might have to wait months to get a new stove. This is a fire hazard. 

Active 2008-Present
 

"There's just so much stuff that's happening out here... Do you know how many people died this week?  When I say about twenty people died on Dauphin and Susquehanna this week, got shot up… When I get on the bus to go home my face is frowning, like oh my God… I don't wanna go back home. I know I'm going back home to my kids, but I'm also going back home to go hear another gunshot…"

Active 2008-2012
 

"You don’t want to say no if somebody comes and asks you for food and you have it. You want to give it to them. But then you want to say no, because what if my kids don’t have food to eat the next day?"

Active 2008-2012
 

“When I go to the supermarket it’s uncomfortable. It’s at the cross between my neighborhood and another neighborhood and it’s just embarrassing to pull my Access card out.  I feel like the other people in the line are just looking and judging, saying things…”

Active 2008-Present
 

"His cousin was trying to get some other boy and shot Troy (my baby’s father) thinking it was someone else.  The gunshots just kept on going.  He got shot nine times.  All he was saying was, 'I’m gonna be alright.  I’m gonna be alright.'  And his eyes just closed.   I wanted to get an abortion after that because I was just thinking, 'How am I going to do this?'” 

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