Lourdes lives with her husband and her two children. They have to share the apartment to pay the rent.
Lourdes lives in Corona with her husband and two children.
“Right now I am just renting out one room in my apartment. But the rent is too high and we have to rent out the other one. We will live all together in one room with my two children,” she said in Spanish.
Sharing apartments is common in Corona, a neighborhood with a large immigrant population.
Overcrowding is widely considered the main issue in this multicultural area. Recently, the organization Make the Road New York launched a report showing how immigrant communities are the most affected by overcrowding in schools.
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