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Edye Russell lost nearly everything; now she’s living in a car with a dead battery and no gas

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Edythe Russell, 78, checks on her “children,” her dogs Tippy and Chloe, in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Senior Center, where she is living in her car.

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Russell tries to fit all her belongings into her car before climbing in the back to sleep.

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A sticker adorns Russell’s window from her last job as a personal caregiver.

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Russell walks Tippy and Chloe in the park. “It’s been a great life, if you can endure it,” she said.

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Russell blocks out the windows and rearranges her belongings to make room for sleeping in her car at the Carlsbad Senior Center.

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Russell packs her belongings to make room for sleeping on her air mattress with Chloe and Tippy.

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After the senior center closed, Russell puts on a sweatshirt on a cool evening before crawling into her car to sleep.

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Russell pumps up an air mattress on which she will sleep.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Russell awkwardly climbs through the back door of her car to sleep in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Senior Center.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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After the Carlsbad Senior Center closed for the night, Russell, 79, tucks into the back of her car on an air mattress to sleep with her two “children” dogs Chloe, right, and Tippy.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Russell tucks into the back of her car to sleep in the parking lot.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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