My name is Maria de Jesus Lozano. I first came to the U.S. twenty years ago on a green card. I raised my four boys in Los Angeles, before we moved to Washington. They are all grown now and have their own children.
I have worked hard all my life, as a dishwasher in a restaurant and a parts assembler in a factory. In 2005, after a long struggle with depression, I lost my job and my house. I have been homeless since, living between my car and shelters in Tacoma.
I receive less than $400 per month in Social Security income. It is my lifeline and the only way I have survived. While it is better than nothing, I am still unable to afford the cost of rent and a place to stay. We need to not only protect, but expand Social Security so people who rely on Social Security are not homeless.