Cherazar, who prefers to go by the name Nikki, was born in the Bronx N.Y.  She was brought to Buffalo N.Y. in 1982 and grew up living between Buffalo and New York City all her life. She finally moved to New York City in 2003 when her mother passed away. That completely broke Nikki’s heart as her mother was her last immediate living family member since her dad and brother had already died some years ago. After her mother died, Nikki moved out of Buffalo for good and came to New York City where she worked odd jobs here and there just struggling to make ends meet. It has been a real challenge for Nikki who describes herself as, “a survivor.”

There were many bumps along the road...  being hungry and homeless without anything to eat, or nowhere to sleep for at least a year, sleeping on the subway and also in Penn Station. The homeless organization, BRC, has placed her in temporary housing until she finds permanent housing.  “I am so blessed and thankful for this program. I am no longer homeless and now I have hope,” says Nikki.

Nikki enjoyed participating in the Through the Eyes of the Homeless project, and working with her mentor photographer, Heart Gallery NYC and DHS. She is optimistic about her future and is looking forward to regaining permanent stable housing so that she can give back to the community and offer help to those in need.