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.”