One day, Patricia was taking a walk with a friend on a trail near De Anza Gardens. She liked what she saw and decided to investigate further. She has now been living at De Anza since early 2010. “Oh, I love it!” Patricia says. “I have good neighbors.” Fortunately, her friends and family are not far away. Patricia has three wonderful adult children, Willie, Jason and April. Her youngest child, Leslie, lives with her and recently started taking accounting classes at Los Medanos College. While Leslie is at school, Patricia enjoys watching her grandson, Kyree.
So what is Patricia planning for the future? She plans to spend as much time as she can enjoying her new home and spending time with her kids and grandkids. This is Patricia’s first time living in affordable housing, and she really appreciates being able to live in a nicer, more secure and affordable apartment where she feels the management cares about residents. Patricia also likes being in a neighborhood that has plenty of stores and restaurants as well as access to BART and buses. “I can afford things now,” she says. She has learned to save and spend her money better, which has made her life less stressful. “I’m able to see things differently now.”
Story courtesy of EBHO Guidebook/Photo by Alain McLaughlin