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Gerardo and his family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and settled in Las Vegas, Nevada in search of a better life.
With his DACA status, excellent grades and access to scholarship opportunities, Gerardo enrolled in college. But in 2020, he decided to hit pause on his education as his family welcomed a newborn daughter at the same time of the Covid-19 shutdown.
“When Emilyn was born, it was a whole different world. I’ve never loved anybody in my life as much as I love her. It pushes you to keep going,” he said.
Because of the financial strains due to the pandemic, his family moved into his mother’s house, where his father, grandmother and sister were also residing.
“A year ago I was in a very bad place mentally, physically, emotionally, I didn’t want to do anything, I kind of wanted to just give up on certain things that I was doing,” said Gerardo.
“The City of Austin and the Equity Office are grateful for our partnership with UpTogether on guaranteed income and the opportunity to invest directly in Austinites facing housing insecurity. UpTogether’s model of seeing people for their strengths, not their deficits, sets the organization apart. We strongly believe this approach is disrupting the status quo and is helping create a more equitable city.”
Interim Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin