On Nov. 21, I attended a vigil at Summerset Village Apartments as part of my work with the Lowell Community Development Corporation and Faith in Community to help address Fresno’s substandard housing crisis, where thousands of low-income renters are living in sub par rental units.
Community leaders, city advocates and tenants came together to show support and to remember the displacement of over 1,000 renters from Summerset Village when the electricity and water was shut off last November for weeks due to deteriorating structural problems.
I spoke to reporters about why I was attending the vigil, and I explained that through my Sociology 3S class with Janine Nkosi, I was able to do research and help facilitate tenant education workshops to provide critical information to renters on their rights and responsibilities.
Slumlords all across Fresno, need to be held accountable. I hope the mayor and Fresno City Council will pass a routine inspection program and locate all the Summerset villages that exist in our city. Then, the city can work with landlords and tenants to ensure everyone is living in safe and healthy homes.
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Cymone Bell, Fresno