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Affordable Housing & Hermilo Quintana—An LA Story

Byline: Rebecca Rona-Tuttle

Hermilo Quintana has always worked. He’s pressed shirts in a laundry, cleaned floors and toilets in a beauty salon, and cut diamonds in the Jewelry District. For the past eight years, he’s worked for K-Mart in "replenishment" — placing merchandise back on shelves from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m. most nights. With a salary of $11.33 per hour, he's grossed between $1,400 and $1,500 per month, or about $18,000 annually. Now that K-Mart has trimmed his hours, he makes less.

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In the spring of 2009, the Quintana family moved from their rundown apartment to Mariposa Place Apartments. Their previous two-bedroom apartment cost two-thirds of Hermilo's gross wages. The apartment was noisy. The manager was slow to make repairs. Their son Henry slept on the living room sofa.

Today, now that Hermilo and his family live in the beautiful, new Mariposa Place Apartments, they have more money to spend for food, medical expenses and other necessities. Why? Because as tenants of this “affordable housing” complex, they pay far less in rent than they used to.

Hermilo personifies the decades of effort that Liberty Hill and our grantees have invested in affordable housing.

This is a Liberty Hill success story. But the success didn’t come about quickly or easily. It came about through vision, strategic thinking, determination, the support of others—and much more. Read about it here.

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