My name is Ben Chrisinger and I’m a 24 year-old graduate student from Warrenton, Virginia. I’ve spent a lot of academic time thinking about affordable housing – researching, reading, analyzing – and this past summer I decided to experience it in a different way.
Over 3,500 miles and 70 days, I helped lead a Bike & Build trip from Atlantic to Pacific, with the ultimate goal of raising funds and awareness for affordable housing causes across the nation. This blog was part of the way I started thinking about affordable housing issues before the trip began, and part of the way I shared bits and pieces of the experience along the way. Now that the journey is over, I’m using the blog as a place to reflect on things I saw and experienced.
I think most Americans believe housing is something we all deserve, but believing is several vital steps short of making it a reality. Getting affordable housing issues onto the public radar will help build momentum for change, and I’m hoping a journey with Bike & Build will help me better articulate these real issues to others. I want to challenge people to consider that affordable housing issues might look, sound, and feel differently than they’ve previously thought.
For my full Bike & Build profile, click here.