Velvet Johnson Ross is an activist, accomplished performing artist and women’s historian. She understands personally how the intersections of race, class and gender impact Black women in the housing market. Velvet became homeless after she was illegally evicted by her landlord who refused to remediate toxic black mold and several vermin infestations in her rent stabilized apartment. This wreaked havoc on her health and led to severe health complications that still resonate today. That’s why she’s fighting to stem the tide of homeless; to make sure no one else goes through what she went through. She is a leader with Neighbors Together, an organization dedicated to working on issues of poverty and homelessness in Brooklyn and active in Housing Justice For All.