Charmel Lucas was born in East Harlem and is a mother of five. She was married 22 years and is now a widow. She worked for the Board of Education for four and a half years in District 7. After six months of homelessness in Florida she moved back to New York City, where she became homeless again due to Hurricane Sandy. She helped organize hurricane victims to fight for their rights with the Red Cross and the Mayor’s Office, demanding longer stays in hotels. Now dealing with the shelter system and the headaches of being shuffled around between couple shelters.