Jenny is one of DASH’s Community Housing Advocates who works with survivors and their families in our scattered-site safe housing programs.
Jenny works primarily with survivors who are both living with HIV/AIDS as well as takes the lead with many of our Spanish-speaking individuals and families.
Jenny has seen first-hand how this public health crisis has hit them the hardest.
During this pandemic, she has seen an overwhelming number of people who are undocumented, have been laid off, can’t apply for unemployment, or didn’t receive a stimulus check — all while navigating abusive relationships.
Jenny shares, “Seeing these inequalities so clearly motivates me to keep doing this work” to help educate survivors navigate these situations as best they can.
“A lot of people don’t have access to information so I’ve been explaining that you can’t get evicted during this time or that you can set up a payment plan with your landlord.” She continues to share ways to remain stably housed and resources that are available through DASH and community partners.
Jenny mentions that this work is hard, but every so often she receives a message like this one:
“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me and my son during the program. I really appreciate it.”
And that’s what makes it all worthwhile.