Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Good morning, Council President, Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez, Councilwoman Blackwell. I also greet in language that I have not spoken in many, many years. Velama laig (ph), my Muslim brothers and sisters. I learned that language as a Christian, mind you, before the first Gulf War.

I came here to this beautiful city to buy a home, to settle down, to start over, to one day raise a family of my own. This is not the first time I was here. I was here many years ago. We won't go into that. I have learned many things.

When I lived in public housing in Ohio, it gave me some stability. It gave me a home. It gave me the freedom to go back to school. But I didn't finish.

What I recommend for those who in public housing who can hear me, be patient with the system. Never take any more money from the government than you truly need, because if you do, it does become a trap. I've experienced that. Don't take any loans that you don't need, whether student loans or otherwise, unless you know you can pay them back within ten years. Be patient with the system.

And I recommend to anyone in government who can hear me, please, I beg of you, provide a way to transition single mothers with children, single fathers with children, married couples, immigrants from all over the world to this great city. We're all residents of the same planet, and if we are truly Americans, we welcome all. Help us to find a way to buy a home in the end, for that will break the power of generational poverty gradually over four generations.

Thank you for your time.

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