A young mother is raising her 18-month-old child in a converted single-car garage. It’s what some are calling a snapshot of sky-high rental rates in parts of the U.S.
Nicole Jones lost her job while she was pregnant with her first child, according to 8News affiliate ABC7 in Los Angeles. After losing her apartment because she could no longer afford it, she spent time in a shelter before finding her current home.
“I didn’t know much about homelessness before,” Jones said. “Honestly, I thought homeless people were panhandlers or people on the street that were hungry and cold or drug addicts and alcoholics who didn’t want to do anything for themselves.”
The San Mateo, California garage has a bathroom area with a small shower, but no kitchen. Jones relies on a microwave and toaster oven to prepare her meals. She has attempted to make the cramped space feel more comfortable by adding a small electric fireplace and artificial wood flooring.
Jones is pregnant with her second child.
“I’m nervous, excited, frightened, sad,” Jones said.
Jones said that despite not being roomier, she’s happy to have the home.