Interview 12: Tara
August 24, 2020
Stress self-rating: 3      
1 = no stress, 5 = extremely stressed
Food service work
House Type
Upper story apartment
in large complex
Approx. 1,200 sf
3 Bed + 1 Bath
Built 1970s, Masonry / Frame
Household Size:    4
3 Children                
1 Adults                     
Persons Per Room  1.00  

Tara lives on the second floor of a single story apartment unit with her three daughters, aged 17, 14, and 2. With a full house, it is hard for Tara to find privacy anywhere, and although her oldest daughter deals with the quarantine relatively well, her youngest daughter feels like “five kids in one.” The baby’s toys are scattered and stored throughout the house, and her handprints and drawings can be found on the walls of the hallway and Tara’s bedroom. Tara’s major concern with the apartment revolved around AC. After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the apartment was renovated. Since then, the living room has been the only room that receives adequate air conditioning, so family members spend most of their time there and will use large portable fans in all other areas of the house. Tara wonders why the renovation only included one bedroom ceiling fan.