This Formerly Homeless High School Grad Is Working To Crush The Cycle Of Poverty
Bustle | July 12, 2017
Rosemary Rodriguez was just 13 years old when her family was evicted from their apartment. The high school sophomore suddenly found herself crammed into a one-bedroom unit at a local shelter in Brooklyn, New York with her mother and three siblings. Now she’s a high school graduate, and besides preparing for college, the formerly homeless teen Rosemary Rodriguez is providing policy recommendations to state legislators in hopes of helping other homeless teens escape the cycle of poverty.
“Society puts a label on you when you’re homeless,” 17-year-old Rodriguez tells Bustle. “Even if someone is homeless, they shouldn’t be treated any differently.”