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Marianela Funes

  • Hosted by Tenants and Workers United
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

Marianela will engage in community outreach, relationship building, leadership development, and community organizing to build power and advance changes in local housing policies that preserve and expand deeply affordable housing for households at the lowest income levels (40% of the area median income (AMI) and below).

The Route one Corridor in south Fairfax County is home to a diverse community of low-income families of color. Residents have long struggled to pay the continually increasing rent prices. With the Embark Richmond Highway project’s road widening and redevelopment, coupled with the ongoing economic crisis, families are facing the imminent threat of being priced out and displaced en masse. Fairfax County lacks adequate policies to preserve and expand deeply affordable housing for those most at risk of being displaced.

Fellowship Plans

Through outreach, leadership development, community meetings, and community-led meetings with county officials, Marianela will expand the base of Tenants and Workers United. This Fellowship will focus on building relationships, conducting public education campaigns, helping people strengthen their leadership and self-advocacy skills, and organizing impacted communities to push county leaders to preserve and expand deeply affordable housing for those at the lowest income levels.

“I have felt the pain and seen the limitations that our communities suffer from due to the lack of affordable housing. People should not have to sacrifice health care or food in order to pay rent or mortgage. It is essential that we unite to fight together for dignified housing for all.”

Marianela Funes /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Housing Justice Program

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