Julia Mata cleans out flood-damaged content around her apartment in the aftermath of the Coyote Creek flood on Saturday, February 26, 2017 in San Jose, California. Julia's landlord gave her just a few days to clear out the damage in order to begin renovating the property. During the time of the flood, Julia was at work and therefore unable to save most of their belongings. Her partner, Alberto Gamino and their son, Alfredo were in Mexico visiting family.
A recovered Quinceanera photograph of Julia.
Julia's studio apartment days after fast-rising flood water entered from the nearby Coyote Creek in San Jose, California. Julia and her family have lived in the rent-controlled apartment for over 8 years.
A young girl watches as the City of San Jose begins cleanup efforts following the Coyote Creek Flood in San Jose, California.
Family photos among the debris left behind by the Coyote Creek Flood in San Jose, California.
Residents of Rock Springs help move damaged vehicles onto driveways in the aftermath of the Coyote Creek flood on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in San Jose, California. The City of San Jose notified residents earlier that day that any vehicle left on the street would be towed.
Julia weeps at the evacuation center at Shirakawa Community Center after being given a 90-day eviction notice from her landlord on March 5, 2017 in San Jose, California.
Julia walks into the kitchen area of her former apartment on March 4, 2017 in San Jose, California. Her landlord gave her just a few days after the Coyote Creek flood to cleanup and clear out of the property in order to begin the renovation process.
Julia's partner, Alberto Gamino waits to speak to their landlord in the Rock Springs neighborhood on March 4, 2017 in San Jose, California. Since the flood, the family heard very little communication from their landlord and feared not being able to return to their apartment. That day the family was also able to receive donated items from the American Red Cross.
The Mata-Gamino family's hotel setup on April 15, 2017 in San Jose, California. Shortly after the evacuation center closed, the family relocated to Lanai Garden Inn & Suites.
Julia and her partner, Alberto Gamino prepare dinner in their temporary hotel room at the Lanai Garden Inn & Suites in San Jose, California on April 15, 2017.
Julia shops at a local flea market for items such as clothes and appliances that were lost due to the Coyote Creek flood in San Jose, California.
Alfredo (right) helps his mother, Julia take in the groceries on April 15, 2017 in San Jose, California.
With the help of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Mata-Gamino family was placed in a temporary apartment at a luxury apartment complex in San Jose, California.
Alfredo watches television in the family’s temporary apartment.
Julia’s son, Alfredo enjoys the amenities that come with the family’s temporary apartment.
Despite having a place to stay, Julia missed her apartment and the neighborhood they once lived in. Julia began to experience resentment toward her partner, Alberto Gamino shortly after moving into the family’s temporary apartment.
Alfredo in his room in the family’s temporary apartment. Prior to the flood, the family shared a studio rent-controlled apartment.