“One thing nobody told me about San Jose was the living expenses, it was all a shock to me and my parents as well. My older siblings didn’t live in a city this expensive when they left for college. Work life balance is important and the way I have learned to navigate as a full-time... Continue Reading →

“Minimum wage is going up, so renting should be less of a problem. I believe that the bigger problem is homelessness. The homeless population is so huge while rent continues to rise for people that can barely afford the current prices, which inevitable creates more homelessness.” Evan, A San Jose State Senior

“Minimum wage is going up, so renting should be less of a problem. I believe that the bigger problem is homelessness. The homeless population is so huge while rent continues to rise for people that can barely afford the current prices, which inevitable creates more homelessness.” Dennis, A San Jose State Senior

“There’s certain areas that you don’t even want to go near because you know exactly how high the rent is going to be. When I graduate I’m hoping that I get my career started and can afford to live by myself but I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do that right... Continue Reading →

I’ve been living here for about 10 years and I started working at the age of 14. Right now, I’m 19 years old. It hasn’t been that easy because finding a job here is not easy for youth but right now, I work at a Denny’s. I approximately make $40,000 a year but it’s not... Continue Reading →

[I’m here] to fight for my rights to live in my apartment. There have been three of us in a studio and I’ve been trying to find a two bedroom. I’ve been discriminated against because of my signature and the color of skin. My daughter is half black and she’s been discriminated against [too.] Patti,... Continue Reading →

I’m here today because my brother is a renter in Menlo Park and he had a drug charge that had him go to jail for some years. Now, he’s a renter working to be an electrician. If he didn’t have the opportunity to become a renter, he might have had to leave the area and... Continue Reading →

For [those who are] evicted, there may not be another place to move in. There are a lot of people in San Jose who are living in their cars and it’s a heartbreaking situation for them. In my rent controlled building, there are people who have been [living there] for 6 going on 7 years.... Continue Reading →

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