Mirna Arana was forced to vacate the apartment she was renting in Oakland, even though she paid on time. With the high cost of housing in the East Bay, the solution she found is not ideal.
Evictions went down in California during the pandemic, thanks to an eviction moratorium that protected tenants. But the housing struggles of undocumented communities aren’t being captured by authorities.
For many immigrant renters, protections on paper haven’t necessarily added up to protections in practice.
Despite COVID-19 tenant protections and assistance programs, immigrant renters are vulnerable to threats and displacement.
One member of East Oakland’s immigrant Mam community shares his story about surviving during the pandemic.