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Cristina Livingston


Cristina Livingston


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Oral history interview of Cristina Livingston by Juan Vasquez

In this interview, Cristina Livingston talks about coming to Miami at a young age, her first impression, and where she grew up. Ms. Livingston describes how she had been laid off due to COVID-19 shutdown, which eventually led to her eviction. She describes the process of fining and applying for help with temporary housing. She expressed her frustration with how things had been handled and the struggles that followed due to the lingering eviction record. Ms. Livingston also explained how eventually she was able to get a new place for her and her children to live in. She speaks about how educating people about housing resources, issues, and solutions is necessary to see positive change. She provides an example of how Catalyst Miami and the Miami Workers Center helped to educate her on these issues.

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Miami, Florida


Florida International University, Miami, Wealth Gap, Housing, Homeownership, Eviction, Affordable Housing, Advocacy, Activism, Catalyst Miami, Education, Government Programs, COVID-19


Economic Policy | Public Policy | Social Justice



Length: 46:10 minutes.


Cristina Livingston is from a small Colombian Island called San Andrés. She lived there with her father until moving to Miami Beach to live with her mother sometimes after being in Law school in Colombia. She has lived in Florida for +30 years. She and her family now rent a place in North of Miami Beach where she moved after marrying. She has two teenage boys, ages 13 and 15. She now focuses on working with Catalyst Miami to help people struggling with eviction and other housing issues.

Cristina Livingston

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