Support affordable housing in Pilsen, NO to PMG proposal
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My name is Rosa Esquivel
As a long term resident of the Pilsen community, as mother of four children that attend to our CPS schools, as an activist and volunteer in many community organizations, I am very concern about the effects of displacement in our community.
Recently I was in the verge of an eviction that caused my family a lot of pain and suffering. My husband who is a hard working man lost his job temporally and I was the sole bread winner of the house, with four children to feed and bills to pay. I can relate to the 10,000 residents who have left Pilsen due to high rents, high property taxes, foreclosure, etc. My family went through a lot of stress and uncertainty as what was going to happen to us and where we were going to live.
Today we know that eviction can happen to anyone, and that will mean that we would have to leave our home and I don't mean the apartment where we live but home for me means my community, my friends and everything that is Pilsen for me. Today as I walk through the streets of Pilsen every month I see more luxury housing being built, as more families are being displaced from their homes and their community. We, the community of Pilsen, want to demand from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Danny Solis more affordable housing for our working families and low income families and NO MORE LUXURY condos like PMG's 465 unit project, among other projects that keep displacing our families.
Please stand in Unity with our community of Pilsen, the community that we all love and respect! Si se puede!
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