The small television, the pink bedroom décor, the family photos that fill every inch of wall space and counter surface — these are the things that make Elida Garcia’s apartment a home.
The 73-year-old has lived in the same one-bedroom unit at Mercedes Palms Apartments — a government-subsidized, low-income housing complex — for more than a quarter of her life. And over time, the space has collected enough knickknacks, assorted curios and other bits of life detritus to make the apartment more than just a place to live.
Her onetime neighbor Velma Cano found similar security in the closeness of good schools for her children. For Maria Espinosa, it was the complex’s community of good neighbors and friends.
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