California eviction: A hidden crisis in Long Beach

In summary Undocumented families, aging homes, high unemployment: The root causes for a cluster of…

In summary

Undocumented families, aging homes, high unemployment: The root causes for a cluster of evictions in this Southern California blue-collar port city.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew Fabiola Favela’s ceviche. You have to trust someone to buy homemade seafood from a street cart, and Favela, 47, was that vendor in the poorest neighborhoods of Long Beach.

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down food carts across Los Angeles County and the rest of the country last year, Favela adapted, taking her knives and cutting boards to a friend’s kitchen. Together, the women, both undocumented, kept sales moving and money in their pocket – until this spring when Favela felt a tickle in her throat. 

It was COVID.