On Tuesday, a group of housing activists and Occupy Wall Street protesters marched the streets of East New York to put a spotlight on the vast foreclosure rates affecting the Brooklyn neighborhood. The demonstration came to a head at 702 Vermont Street, where a homeless family comprised of Alfredo Carasquillo, Tasha Glasgow, and their two children, intend to occupy a house foreclosed upon by Bank of America. And while Glasgow and her children are still squatting in a dilapidated home in Far Rockaway, with the help of an OWS team, Carasquillo is hard at work making the Vermont Street space a safe and livable one for his family.

Currently, the Carrasquillo-Glasgow family is subjected to harrowing living conditions in their Far Rockaway home. Sean Barry, a representative from Vocal NY where Carasquillo is employed as a Community Organizer, tells us, "Tasha and the kids are staying in another foreclosed home that has no heat and no running water. It's being squatted by three families right now." And here's a video by Sam Lewis illustrating the Glasgow's survival tactics (leaving the stove on for heat, using bottled water to cook for her children) in extreme living conditions:

But Carasquillo is intent on fixing up the abandoned Vermont Street home for his family to occupy happily ever after. "Aflredo has moved in and he's working with an OWS crew to clean it out," Barry says. "The OWS team has tons of hustle! The moment the doors opened they charged in with their mops and brooms. It wasn't clean enough for Tasha and the kids to live in since it has been abandoned. It's a beautiful house, but it really has been wrecked from the inside. It's never been locked so it's been looted. Neighbors are enthusiastic about this occupation because it was destabilizing the whole block when they didn't know who was in there at any time."

Barry supports the Occupy Our Homes movement, and tells us, "Occupying vacant homes owned by banks is a powerful solution to the crisis of homelessness. It's different because it's a direct action tactic and the tactic itself is a solution within itself. In neighborhoods like East New York there's a lot of [foreclosed homes]; you cant walk down the street without seeing a house that has been abandoned by the city."