Real People

Setbacks don’t stop mother of scholarship-winning daughter from thriving at Los Robles

Union City, California, March 2018 – Once, Trinese was married, with two daughters and a job as an Alameda County child care services coordinator. Her future looked bright, but
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Immigrant parents from Guatemala set former Centertown resident on the path to college and success

Richmond, California, February 2018 – Zuleika knows firsthand that housing security changes lives for the better. Her parents left their war-torn Central American country in 1986 for California, and
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New Housing Community and a New Home

Oakland, California, 2017  – “From my application to move-in everyone was so nice and happy,” recalled Kiros Gebregzabher. Kiros has a noticeable warmth in her voice as she
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Survivor of roller-coaster early life finds peace helping others

Oakley, California, October 2017 – James McNorton’s life has been a roller coaster ride. His professional football career was cut short by injuries. His job driving a bus went
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Kukui Tower class inspires scholarship winner to pursue film-making career

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, May 15, 2017 – Victor Nhieu was 4 when he and his family moved to Hawaii. In Honolulu, Victor and his younger sister grew up in Kukui Tower,
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U.S. Army trained medic survived near death from alcohol abuse

Menlo Park, California, November 2017 – “At this stage I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in 25 years,” said Michael McCall, 54, now a Willow Housing resident in Menlo
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Native Hawaiian mother of six finds secure home and new life at Kukui Gardens

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, October 2017 – Born and raised in Honolulu, Summerlyn Nahinu, 36, left her husband in 2014 to escape domestic violence, ending their 18-year relationship, which included
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EAH Housing Resident Story Park Place Village Avante

A Parking Lot is Not a Home

Most families enjoy spending summer days in public parks; fresh air and plenty of sunshine provide a chance for relaxation and quality time. However, the allure of a
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Warm and Dry for the Winter

Gilroy, CA, December 22, 2016 – Thirty-five families once homeless — living in cars, motels or tents — are now warm and dry for the winter in affordable
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Centertown Resident is a Dogged Entrepreneur

San Rafael, California, February 2017 – Barbara Sterdt, a 17-year resident of the EAH Housing Centertown Apartments in San Rafael, Calif., hasn’t let life in a wheelchair slow
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Formerly Homeless: From cold steps to warm bed

San Jose, California, March 30, 2017 – William Miller has come a long way since 2013, when he used to sleep on the cold steps of a church
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First college students in their family

Turlock, California, April 13, 2017 – Nicole Esparza’s journey to affordable housing began in 2014 after an intruder tried to break into her one-bedroom home in Turlock, Calif.
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