At the Friday event in January, Dylisha Murphy shared her cautionary story to youth who can face similar choices. She described the self-destructive choice of selling drugs versus the challenge and uphill battle for employment and stability. Although she took full responsibility for her choices, she noted her parents’ drug involvement and the risks and challenges that posed for her.
Participants, youth, neighbors, artists, surrounding community, and advocates were welcomed to the storefront hub with food, music and art making. The storefront is the focal point, hub, a filter, an opportunity and place for conversation and storytelling about the complex issue of housing insecurity for the duration of the project.