About Us

 

Can I Live, Inc is a 501 C(3) national residents association led by a network of passionate, bright and articulate public housing residents dedicated to advancing progressive housing policy, economic inclusion and personal responsibility.    

WE Advocate and Advance Opportunities for the Communities WE Call Home! 

 
 
Our Mission:
To Become an Effective Voice for Residents of Public & Indian Housing Communities.
 
Our Vision:    
To See a Society where ALL People Can Build and Live Powerful Lives.

What We Believe:

That all Americans are created equal and possessed of inalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness-and to justice under the law. Yet the entitlements provided to people living at or below poverty are structured to keep them poor while entitlements offered to wealthier Americans and corporations assist in wealth creation and enhanced prosperity.

We believe that when the Righteous are in Authority, The People Rejoice, but When the Wicked Rule, The People Mourn. ~Proverbs 29:2


Our Leadership


President/CEO | Racquel Williams-Jones
 
 
Racquel Williams-Jones knows first-hand the mindset of poverty and the detrimental effects it has on the decision making process. A survivor of the merciless welfare system, Racquel spent much of her life healing from the emotional scars her experience left.  She quickly became an advocate for single mothers who had been enticed and ensnared into the bondage traps of welfare.  In the process, Racquel became a noted national expert on resident engagement, leadership development and self-sufficiency, speaking and leading national conferences, keynotes and trainings. 
 
She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and Law, as well as an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis is Juvenile Delinquency.  Racquel has led and organized tent cities, volunteered on civic boards, chaired a housing authority for 8-years, and founded Can I Live, Inc., a national resident association dedicated to become an effective voice for residents of Public and Indian housing communities.  She is the thought leader behind the One Million Moms OFF Welfare Initiative–a ten year strategy that aims to remove and reduce moms dependency on social welfare programs and government subsidies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

 

Administrative Officers

Executive Assistant to President /Secretary
Monette Walker-Brown
Executive Director
Ms. Sheena Foster (Interim)
National Board Liaison
Deidre McCullers
 

 
National Resident Advisory Board (N-RAB)
 
Michael Wilson
VICE PRESIDENT
Glen Hazel Resident Management Corporation (Pittsburgh Housing Authority)
Moira Washington
Treasurer
Member at Large
Bill Brumfield
Rockford Housing Authority
Illinois State Delegate 
Delores Calhoun
Cincinnati J-RAB
Ohio State Delegate 
Adrianne Jones
Fresno Housing Authority 
California State Delegate 
Annette Woods
Deerfield Beach Housing Authority
Florida State Delegate 
Matilda Hamilton
Opelika Housing Authority
Alabama State Delegate 
Shelevya Pearson 
New York City Housing Authority
New York State Delegate 
Shaquanna Shaw
Bridgeport Housing Authority
New Name: Park City Communities
Connecticut State Delegate 
Jane Manning
Fort Myers Housing Authority
Florida State Delegate 
Aquarius Vann-Gharsi
District of Columbia Housing Authority
DC Delegate
Maka Taylor
District of Columbia Housing Authority
DC Delegate 
Holly Johnson
Alexandria Redevelopment and  Housing Authority
Virginia State Delegate 
Jackie Williams
Alexandria Redevelopment and  Housing Authority
Virginia State Delegate 
Alfreda McDonald
Wilmington Housing Authority
North Carolina State Delegate 
Lorraine Brown
New York City Housing Authority
New York State Delegate 
Dr. Kimberly Muktarian
Raleigh Housing Authority
North Carolina State Delegate 
Valeria Bouchand
Sarasota Housing Authority
Florida State Delegate 
Willie Anderson
Travis County Housing Authority
Texas State Delegate 
LaShadion Shamwell
McKinney Housing Authority
Texas State Delegate 
Lillie A. Estes
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Virginia State Delegate 
Danny Barber
New York City Housing Authority
New York State Delegate 

 


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