Estrecia W.

Lives at Paseo Estero in Oakland.

A single mom finally has an affordable place to call her own after living with extended family for several years.

Estrecia is a longtime Oakland resident and single mom of Kaleb, age 7. She has been the primary caretaker in her family caring for and living with her grandmother. When she passed, Estrecia and her son moved to West Oakland to live with her aunt, as she couldn’t find anything affordable on her own. Paseo Estero is the first time she’s been able to have a home of her own.

Estrecia had applied to apartments before and didn’t hear anything back or was waitlisted. Having driven by Brooklyn Basin many times, she saw that there would be affordable housing included, and so she took a chance and got on the interest list. She was surprised when she got the call, and the lease up process for her was very smooth.

Estercia loves the fact she has a place on her home and describes the community and Brooklyn Basin as really peaceful. Kaleb’s favorite part of living at Paseo Estero is the playground, and the fact he has his own room to read and play. The family also loves to ride their bikes around Township Commons and other Brooklyn Basin spots, and look forward to more things to do in their neighborhood.