Despite both parents working full-time, baking bread and slinging plaster, the Carrasco family struggled to overcome the hardships of homelessness for over ten years in an urban high-cost Southern California housing market by making ends meet in a freeway adjacent pay-by-month one-room motel. Anthony's grandmother cared for the three Carrasco children after school always believing they deserved better opportunities than society afforded them. Tragically, her biggest impact on the boys was her untimely death. She developed stomach cancer, passed away within six months of diagnosis, and left the family her life savings along with the dying wish they would relocate to an affordable rural housing market in Northern California. There Anthony was finally able to attend the same school for more than a year and get a chance at a quality public education.