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A meager lifestyle for workers who cater to the high-flying
A meager lifestyle for workers who cater to the high-flying

Rafael Leon could not believe his sudden reversal of fortune. So timely was his lucky break, on a December day in 2013, he suspected it must have been a case of divine intervention. Leon, his wife and their two young sons had just been turned out of an apartment they shared in Hawthorne. The principal tenant complained that her utility bills were too high, so the Leons took their meager belongings and began walking away with nothing but a prayer. That's when they saw the sign. "It said one-bedroom apartment, $800," said Leon, 38, who lights up at the memory. Actually, it wasn't an apartment in the conventional sense. It was a garage that had been divided into a...

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