Articles written by Elaine Sanchez Wilson

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  • Public assistance allowed my refugee family to build a better future

    Elaine Sanchez Wilson, Diverse Elders Coalition|Aug 1, 2019

    Born in Santa Ana, Calif., to two Muslim refugee survivors of the Cambodian genocide, Hatefas Yop wasn't aware of her family's use of public services when she was a young girl. After all, her peers in her elementary school all hailed from the local neighborhood, where many immigrant and refugee families had to live in one-bedroom apartments subsidized by Section 8 housing. She didn't understand the melancholy in an elder whom Hatefas referred to as "Grandma," when she said her food stamps...