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Homeless Mothers Seize Homes

How can you “shelter in place” or practice social distancing when your family doesn’t have secure housing to begin with? In Los Angeles, homeless families have taken over empty houses, taking matters into their own hands when the government is moving too slow to secure people’s basic needs amid the pandemic. BreakThrough spoke with Martha Escudero, a mother without housing, who is helping organize the takeovers.

She says, “There are families waiting in shelters for 3 years to be housed while the state is hoarding its houses. To me that is immoral and unacceptable.”

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