“Imagine, I was out of work for four months. How to pay the rent?”

Alicia, Montgomery County, Maryland

Although some jurisdictions in Maryland have rent control, Alicia’s town lacks it. Alicia was evicted for overcrowding because she, two relatives, and her two toddlers shared a two-bedroom apartment. A judge sided with the landlord and counted the toddlers as full adults.

“Imagine, I was out of work for four months,” she says. “I had no income. How was I supposed to pay the rent? A single mother with two children doesn’t have the privilege of having a two-bedroom apartment… with the salary an immigrant earns. You have to remember children do not work. Living comfortably is a luxury immigrant families don’t have, especially when the rent goes up and the salary stays the same. So we live in tight conditions.”