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Housing insecurity; Frequent moves; Food insecurity; Intergenerational poverty; Single parent; Parental separation or divorce; Community-Based Research; Demography, Population, and Ecology; Disability and Equity in Education; Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence; Educational Sociology; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Inequality and Stratification; Oral History; Race and Ethnicity; Social History; Social Work; Sociology
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Age when Interviewed: 32Date of Interview: Fall 2012Race: African AmericanGender: FemaleKeywords: Housing insecurity, Frequent moves, Food insecurity, Intergenerational poverty, Single parentACE Factors: Parental separation or divorceBorn in Illinois, Jazz is an African American, LGBTQ-identified, single mother who participated in the Voices of Homelessness project as a senior at St. Catherine University. At the time of her interview, she lived in public housing and was experiencing housing insecurity. In May 2013 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Catherine University, and before that she obtained an LPN degree from a non-accredited trade school. Beginning at age 5 and throughout her childhood, she experienced housing insecurity, reporting frequent moves, food insecurity, and intergenerational poverty. As a young adult, she experienced foreclosure brought on by a predatory lending scheme targeting minorities and in her interview she discusses couch-surfing and sleeping in her car.