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Emily Rooney ’24 spent the summer entrenched in the Massachusetts housing system — juggling phone calls, tracking down applications, and advocating for clients while trying to understand their unique needs and circumstances.

The sociology major interned at @justice4housing, a Boston-based grassroots nonprofit that seeks to dismantle housing discrimination and houselessness, particularly for people impacted by domestic violence and incarceration.

“Without proper housing, it’s challenging to find a job or reunite with family,” Rooney says. “If we’re going to find a way to heal as a society, we have to help with housing.”

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