Interview 06: Paul
August 20, 2020
Stress self-rating: 4    
1 = no stress, 5 = extremely stressed

Living with extended family
Actively job-seeking
Lost job in pandemic
House Type
Single storey single family home
Approx. 1,200 sf
2 Bed + 1 Bath
Built 1950s, frame / concrete block
Household Size:    4
1 Children                 
1 Adults                     
2 Grandparents      
Persons Per Room  0.80

Paul lives with his parents and 16 year-old son in their two-bedroom family home. Both his son and mother have pre-existing conditions, and COVID made it hard for them to obtain proper medication. High vehicular traffic, nearby trains, and construction projects also create noise concerns at Paul’s home. Although Paul has internet access, the connection was lost several times during his interview. Inside the house, the kitchen is an important family space where discussions and prayers take place; the porch serves as an additional room in the early morning and late evening, when it was cool enough to be outside. While their living room is the coolest space in the house, it is susceptible to leaks via a large hole in the ceiling, temporarily patched with plywood. Paul has limited storage space for extra groceries, and has had to stock up on bottled water due to concerns with tap water quality. He also experienced difficulties getting hot water utilities repaired during the lockdown. 