We're excited to welcome Allie Cannington to The Kelsey as our Manager of Advocacy and Organizing. Allie is white, Queer, Disabled community advocate and organizer. As with everyone on our team, we asked them to share their #MyOwnHome story.
#MyOwnHome means that I have the privilege of knowing where I can sleep and seek comfort at the end of each day.
#MyOwnHome means that I can cultivate a space that can be safer than much of the outside world; where people can come to my apartment and have their experiences and identities honored and celebrated.
#MyOwnHome means I can create a space where love, interdependence, courage, and connection are centered.
#MyOwnHome means I can easily wheel through the apartment and park my wheelchair anywhere, without fear of someone trying to hide it.
#MyOwnHome means I can keep a step stool in the kitchen so that I can reach as much as possible when I make dinner for my partner and I.
#MyOwnHome means I get to listen to my partner write and play music; it means there is space for her instruments and gear.
#MyOwnHome is where I can host friends and family, where we can be silly together or hold each other during times of struggle.
#MyOwnHome is where I can freely honor my loved ones who have passed away.
#MyOwnHome is a place where people can stay who need to. It may be small but the couch folds out and it’s workable.
#MyOwnHome is where I can collage freely and watch my newest favorite TV show, or watch Beyoncé’s Homecoming for the fifth time.
#MyOwnHome means that I can wheel to public transit so that I can get to work, community events, and my health appointments.
#MyOwnHome is where I learn and grow; it is where I feel safest to cry and laugh, it is where I can rest and care for myself so that I can care for my community.
#MyOwnHome is my anchor.
I am infinitely grateful for #MyOwnHome and yet, undeniably furious that not enough people have access to the housing they need and inherently deserve. With this privilege comes the responsibility to play a role in breaking the cycle of the disability housing crisis. Almost 70% of adults with disabilities still live at home with relatives because of a lack of supportive, affordable housing in the community. This statistic and others like it do not have to be the norm. The scarcity of affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing does not have to be the norm.
This is where The Kelsey is breaking ground and creating new possibilities for what housing and inclusive communities can be. I am honored to be a part of this transformative work.