Before living in a TND home, Jakelyn J., a junior in high school, lived in a one-bedroom apartment with her mother and two brothers. It was the apartment that her mother grew up in too. Jakelyn described the place, saying, “There was a lot of cockroaches. There was a lot of rats. There was also bedbugs. And I’d always have a lot bite marks on my hands and arms. And people’d always ask, ‘What is this?’ And I would say, they’re just bed bugs. Because, I don’t know, I just thought it was normal.” The apartment had lead, the roof leaked, and her brother’s asthma worsened there.
Moving into a TND home, the family now has three bedrooms. “When we first, saw the place it was overwhelming. We could run around. We’re appreciative, grateful for living in a TND property… If I didn’t live in a TND property, I would have to have another job to help pay for our home. And also it would have been a lot harder for my mother because my brothers are special-needs.”
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