The tech boom has caused an influx of wealthy neighbors, driving the cost of housing up to an average of nearly $3,000.
Nicole Jones, a single mother of two, could no longer afford to live in the area she knew as her home. Now, she is forced to live in a car garage with her two children for a price of $1,000 per month. The garage is surprisingly accommodating, complete with a kitchen and bathroom.
Yet, when she shared her story to bring attention to the housing crisis and homelessness, she was only met with judgment. People told her to move somewhere else, as if it were so easy with two children.
“Honestly, I always thought homeless people were panhandlers or people on the street that were hungry and cold and drug addicts and alcoholics — who didn’t want to do anything for themselves,” Jones told CBS. “I work and make decent money when I’m working. I think part of the reason why I became homeless is because finding work and day care and transportation and everything just combined made it impossible for me to keep a roof over our head.”
Jones spent $750 on housing application fees, but no one would take her. Still, she doesn’t expect sympathy. The mother is proud to be able to provide for her family and put a roof over her head.
That’s no small feat in a changing economy and neighborhood!