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Spotlight on J’Mia Edwards

Spotlight on J’Mia Edwards

Edwards, at a tearful press conference last May, before she received housing and a job.

Last year, J’Mia Edwards was jobless and desperately trying to get off of a housing waiting list in Washington, D.C. to get permanent housing for herself and her three young children. Her struggles and frustrations are highlighted in the documentary The Other City, which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 26 and tells the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS in the District.

Edwards, 29, worked with the Campaign to End AIDS, of which Housing Works is a member, to get Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) vouchers. Thanks to the vouchers, she is now living in a four-bedroom apartment in Washington, D.C.’s southeast neighborhood. She got a full-time job as an HIV testing counselor at the Community Education Group, her first time working full-time since she entered prison in 2003.

“My life’s changed dramatically,” Edwards said. “I’m no longer receiving public assistance. I’m very proud of myself. I’ve learned to become independent.”

Read more about J’Mia and about Housing Works’ activism.

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Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:35 am