“Once a handful of community activists learned how dire the circumstances were for the family, they mobilized.

Most of the group’s members are renters who stick up for housing insecure residents in the Kingston area. This time, they stuck up for Velazquez-Amador.

Velazquez-Amador is a fair-housing activist herself with theĀ Kingston Tenants Union.

Activists helped find the three-bedroom rental home, and started a community fund to help pay the deposit and first month’s rent.

Velazquez-Amador said the landlord even cut the first month’s rent of $2,000 in half in exchange for Velazquez-Amador taking care of some of the cleaning.”

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