The Bronx is at a pivotal moment with rising housing costs, gentrification, and most recently COVID-19 drastically devastating our community.
It has twice the death rate from COVID-19 than the rest of New York City. The coronavirus has exacerbated much of the inequality that existed long before the pandemic.
Including but not limited to: an inadequate for-profit healthcare system, lack of food accessibility, lack of financial security, and health disparities such as some of the highest asthma rates in the country.
During this time, our garden members are envisioning ways to support our community who are unable to afford healthy fresh vegetables. Gardens and green spaces also provide a safe space for community engagement.
These spaces are crucial now, especially since day camps are closed this summer and many other vital programs that parents rely on for their children during summer break.
We need to envision more community spaces and community ownership such as community land trusts. We are unable to do this if District 15’s next congress member is taking dirty money from the real estate industry and selling out the Bronx.
Samelys is not taking any money from the real estate industry and is committed to fighting for her home, the Bronx. As a young child, Samelys found refuge in the Bronx with her family after living in a homeless shelter.
Since then, she has committed her life to fighting for housing as a human right by becoming an urban planner that created affordable housing in the Bronx.
Vote for Samelys for congress and vote for the future of the Bronx. Let us not be forced out of our community that so many have fought for their entire lives.