This story is published as part of Teen Vogue’s 2021 Economic Security Project fellowship.
Family is huge for Jocelyn Mati. The 25-year-old, who grew up in the San Francisco neighborhood of Bayview-Hunters Point, remembers sharing two bedrooms with her mom and five siblings when she was younger. Her mom also had a habit of taking in other relatives who needed a place to stay. Mati admits that she wasn’t always wild about the idea. Space was tight, but at least the family ties were strong.