The average rent in LA is over $2,000 a month. But at this Lincoln Heights SRO, elderly residents have been paying under $400 a month for decades. It’s cheap for a reason: The building is old and not very centrally located, and residents have to share bathrooms and a kitchen.
They are now facing eviction. Most of the people who live here don’t speak English, and many have nowhere to go. While spending a day with long-time resident Mrs. Yeung and her neighbors it became clear that facing eviction meant a level of instability and fear that none of these seniors was prepared for. Now they’re learning how to fight back.
Evicted and fighting back
Inside this Lincoln Heights SRO, seniors are fighting eviction.