The good news? A $100 million grant in federal funding is on its way to approval to help the residents of Flint, Mich. The bad news? Thousands of residents could lose their homes because they haven’t been paying for the toxic water that’s running through their pipes.
Growing up in East Cleveland, everyone on my block lived in a house that was owned by the family. It was comforting to have a home to grow up in and to have stable neighbors who acted as extended family. I realize now that home ownership contributed to personal investment in the community, which allowed for some quality in my neighborhood that has since become a nostalgic memory. As I’ve grown twenty-one short years I see less and less home ownership in my community and urban communities at large, which parallels with less community and more distrust.