- Created: Friday, 28 June 2019 14:55
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
“I’m sure everyone in the audience remembers what it’s like to be a teen,” said Eden Prairie High School student Amal Adam to a rapt audience on June 21. “You are juggling a hectic life, balancing your social life, academics, and even college applications. Imagine throwing into that mix the struggle of trying to find a home. It can have an impact for years to come, which is why this is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.”
Right: Adam speaking at the forum
Adam addressed more than 300 people convened at Al-Amaan Center in Minnetonka for a Federal Housing Forum featuring U.S. Senator Tina Smith. Local panelists shared on-the-ground impacts of housing issues in Minnesota, and discussed how to engage for change locally and in D.C.
Nationwide, more and more Americans are struggling to find an affordable place to live. There’s a shortage of affordable homes in nearly every U.S. county, according to a recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Adam argued that high school students struggling to find a stable home “are really enduring the brunt of the impact.”