Interview 08: Chloe
August 21, 2020
Stress self-rating: 5     
1 = no stress, 5 = extremely stressed
Actively job-seeking
Lost job in pandemic
House Type
Upper storey duplex
Approx. 800 sf
2 Bed + 1 Bath
Built 1950s, frame / concrete block
Household Size:    3
2 Children                
1 Adults                     
1 Pet (dog)                
Persons Per Room  0.75

Chloe and her two sons, aged 12 and 14, recently moved into an upper-floor duplex apartment in March just before the stay-at-home order. Their pet dog lives and sleeps in the front yard, where her children also play within view. Her car broke down at the beginning of the pandemic, forcing her to rely on family and friends for trips to essential services such as the grocery store and washateria. Chloe is also pregnant with a third child; she initially mistook her symptoms for COVID and quarantined from her children. Many interior maintenance issues remained unfixed during the pandemic: the fire escape at the back of the house is currently missing a door and poses a safety threat to the children, and the paper-like floor finish is peeling throughout the house, revealing the cement board substrate beneath. During the weekends, the kids will occasionally spend time with their grandmother, which is a big stress-reliever and allows Chloe to have the house to herself. 