My three children have never known a home besides 2611 Pleasant Ave. I’ve been living for 23 years in the same building.
I know the building isn’t mine, but I have lived there. Some years ago, there were many assaults and many people rejected living in the neighborhood. I was assaulted two times, but now it’s a peaceful place. Our neighbors are good people.
The area is nice. There are many people who we know who live close base. People who know that we are peaceful people.
We participate in the community garden at Whittier. My son, Alexis, is 16 and takes care of the space. We help him.
For me, to leave here would be hard.
When the company bought our buildings they sent us a letter saying we had a monthly to leave our home, and I faced the most difficult decision I had ever faced in my whole life.
I was worried, more than anything, about a change of school for my kids.
I was also afraid to pay more rent than we had been paying. Even more worrisome, it would cost $4,000 to move: the rent, the deposit, the change in services, the cost of moving.
I was afraid to move far away, and lose my job, because I don’t drive. After six years working at the same place, it would be a difficult process and create uncertainty to change to another one.
And a place I don’t know. Here the neighborhood is calm. It’s close to everything. Latino stores, restaurants where one can go with the family.
I have never rented another place besides here.
It is for this reason we decided to work with our neighbors to struggle against eviction. It was a hard and stressful struggle, because the company took a few families to court, but we didn’t give up. And we had the support of our neighbors across the community.
In the end, everything turned out well. We have the right again, to stay in our homes.
My children don’t have to memorize a new address, or face a great change. I’m happy to have fought back, and thankful for the support of our companions at Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia.