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Angela Williams

2017, AmeriCorps Community Organizer, Angela Williams

Angela Williams

Name of Host Organization: Metropolitan Tenants Organization
City, State: Chicago, Illinois
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
Sponsors: AmeriCorps VISTA, Metropolitan Tenants Organization

The Project

Build capacity of tenant associations in eligible Project-based Section 8 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisted properties to increase tenants' knowledge of their rights, responsibilities, and options for preserving their homes and improving their communities.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of safe, decent and accessible housing.
The Right Person For This Project

Angela is the right person for the project because:
• She was once a CHA resident and understands the struggles of tenants and the need for their voices to be heard
• She also understands the need to have the powers that be recognize that these are people and not "subjects" and people need a place to live in order to sustain themselves
• She identifies with them because she once was where they are. That makes her the best person to fight for them.