Hermenegildo Ortega is being interviewed about his living situation as a renter in Boyle Heights.
Hermenegildo Ortega is being interviewed about his living situation as a renter in Boyle Heights.
Photo by Kris Fortin (LAStreetsblog).

This story originally published in LA Streetsblog.

The first of two town hall meetings focusing on housing, education, and employment conditions took place last Thursday at the Mendez Learning Center. The information and anecdotal stories compiled at these meetings will be presented at mayoral candidate forums before next year’s citywide elections.

Comunidades Unidas de Boyle Heights, or United Communities of Boyle Heights, is a coalition between local non-profits Inner City Struggle, Proyecto Pastoral, East Los Angeles Community Corporation, Legacy LA and Union de Vecinos. The organizers led the more than 60 Boyle Heights residents in workshops asking them about their experience with housing in the neighborhood and what they would ask the future mayor to do to improve housing.

“I get sick, I can’t pay my rent,” said Hermenegildo Ortega, a Boyle Heights resident. Ortega, whose testimonial was video recorded, said that he would hope affordable housing was created that gave the lowest of income earners the priority.

Read the rest at la.streetsblog.com.

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