Black Disabled Families in Black History Month

Tiny - Posted on 16 February 2015


Black Disabled Families Fight For Their Rights in Black History Month

An African-American Mama and her Adult Disabled Son Are Denied their Rights and Made Homeless.

What: Press Conference and Rally for Black and Brown Homeless Families, Disabled Families struggling to Survive in Monterey County

When:Monday, February 23rd, 11am

Where: In front of Salinas City Hall 200 Lincoln Avenus Salinas, Ca


"We Have nowhere to go, even shelters won't take us because my son is autistic," Bessie Taylor and her 22 year old autistic son were forced to leave their Section 8 apartment of 22 years, because they did not receive their reasonable accommodation. Now they are homeless.

Bessie has lived in her home, Section 8 housing in Salinas, for 22 years. She moved in with her son Devonte when he was nine months old. Now 22,

But in June, Bessie learned for the first time that she and Devonte have the right to “reasonable accommodation” for the needs of public housing residents with disabilities through the Fair Housing Act. Taylor completed the lengthy and complicated application process.

But the money didn’t come. A month after putting in her request, Taylor hadn’t heard an answer. And when it finally did the accommodation they offered wasn’t enough for the landlord. Suddenly, after 22 years, Bessie and Devonte Taylor were being evicted.To be homeless as a woman is already a horrible situation. 

"Black Disabled Lives Matter, this family, like all disabled people deserve their right to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accommodation," said Leroy Moore, Race and Disability scholar with POOR Magazine and founder of Krip Hop Nation

"To be homeless with a child is terrifying, to be homeless with a disabled child because of a system failure is abuse of their civil and human rights", " said, Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, author of Criminal of Poverty , Growing Up Homeless in America and co-founder of POOR Magazine. "This family, like many low-income families of color in the region, is also dealing with covert and overt racism by landlords as they try to seek housing in a town like Salinas struggling with increasing gentrification." Garcia concluded.

"All Americans need decent affordable housing, but especially those Americans who are disabled for any reason. This issue is particularly acute in the African American community. During Black History Month we should send a powerful message that any and all resources must be brought to bear to end this outrageous crisis confronting Black disabled families." --Luis J. Rodriguez, co-convernor, Network for Revolutionary Change, and former 2014 California governor candidate, endorsed by the Green Party, among others.

To help the family not be on the street, POOR Magazine launched a GoFundMe account. Here is the link

POOR Magazine, is a grassroots, non-profit, arts organization based in Northern California, focused on creating revolutionary media access, education, art and advocacy for youth, adults and elders in poverty locally and globally. POOR is co-sponsoring this event with the California Network of Revolutionary Change (CNRC), The BayView Newspaper and Manilatown I-Hotel Center-

Article about the Bessie and her son in the BayView

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