We visited our grantee Shatil, which is working to ensure that women who live in public housing are able to do so with dignity. They are also working to increase the supply of public housing, since there is a 30,000+ waiting list. Shatil staff, pictured above, are training female residents--70%+ of public housing residents are single female parents--to know their rights and advocate for themselves. They scored a recent win: 5 percent of all new housing units must be reserved for those eligible for public housing. Shatil and the women are also advocating to liberalize eligibility criteria: as of now, a women must have extremely limited/no income, receive no alimony, have at least 3 children, and cannot have a spouse or significant other at the same residence.
Good for you, Hadassah! This work is so necessary.ReplyDelete