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As the gap between the rich and poor in the United States grows, so does the disparity in housing. Nowhere is this more evident than in California. Housing is not keeping up with population growth - 250,000 families move to the state every year, but only 190,000 new homes are built. This demand has sent housing costs skyrocketing.



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  • Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA.
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  • Quentin Lay, 7, (center) and David Wilson, 11, (right) play in an adandoned trailer that has been stripped by looters. After the owners and management abandoned the park, looters stripped trailers for the scrap metal - sometimes even those trailers that were still occupied.
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  • Amanda Barnes and her two-year-old son Brandon relax in their only vehicle, a pickup that is more often broken than not.
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  • Seven-year-old Ouentin Lay fools around with friends at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA.
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  • Sandra Leckie, left, and her husband Jimmy, right, have lived in the trailer park for 10 years. They live solely off her disability payments and worry about how they'll live outside the very economical confines of the trailer park.
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  • Eleven-year-old David Wilson, center, exults at winning a game of "Yu-Gi-Oh" played on abandoned furniture at the trailer park.
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  • Nicole Barnes walks through sewage that has seeped up from broken pipes contaminating the park and its water supply.
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  • Since management abandoned the trailer park, crime has become a real concern for longtime resident John Wood. He now sleeps with a gun next to his bed.
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  • Five-year-old Katie Megazi helps carry water into her family's trailer after the water was cut off at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA.
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  • Kathleen Church, left, and a friend are concerned about a squatter moving into the park that was convicted of kidnapping and raping Church years ago. With no management and little police presence, Andina Village trailer park has become a haven for criminals.
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  • Renee, who began squatting in the Andina Village trailer  park after management abandoned it, washes her hair in the park.
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  • After a developer buys Andina Village trailer park, they begin to bulldoze homes while some residents continue to live in the park.
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  • In the final days of Andina Village, resident Linda Zachary strips metal off an abandoned trailer to sell for scrap.
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  • Months after the last resident was evicted from the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA, the land still sits vacant and unused.
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  • Allen and Rhonda Laws have lived at Andina Village for three years, and both are often unemployed, leaving them with few options once they're evicted from Andina Village.
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  • Five-year-old Nicole Barnes stands outside her family's trailer at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA.
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  • Amanda Barnes changes the diaper on her two-year-old son Brandon in their cramped and cluttered trailer at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA.
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  • Amanda Barnes struggles to clean her children with baby wipes at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA. Water has been cut off to the park, forcing residents to carry water from a nearby church for cleaning and cooking.
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  • Thomas Holtman, 22, plays solitaire in the dilapidated trailer he shares with his mother. Jobless, Holtman spends his time at the park playing with children.
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  • Andina resident Debbie Oswald, right, complains to Yuba County Sheriff's Deputy Brandt Lowe about a lack of response to crime at the Andina Village trailer park. Looters, drug dealers, and other criminals have been frequenting the park after dark since management abandoned it.
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  • Andina Village residents spray-paint signs in an effort to reduce illegal dumping in the trailer park.
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  • Kathleen Church, left, Debbie Oswald, right, and Oswald's son center enjoy dinner outside by candlelight at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA. Without water or electricity, residents often cook and dine outside.
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  • Jimmy Leckie, center, and other residents drive around the Andina Village trailer park sharing ice cream desserts.
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  • After a developer buys Andina Village trailer park, they begin to bulldoze homes while some residents continue to live in the park.
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  • A picture of an idyllic kitchen sits among the wreckage of bulldozed trailers at the Andina Village trailer park in Olivehurst, CA.
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