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To survive, <i>carwasheros</i> often pool resources, cramming into cheap one-room apartments, sometimes sleeping side-by-side on the floor. Guadalupe Lima, rear, and his friend share a small studio with two other friends in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles. Lima sleeps on the floor and is up by 5 every morning to get to work.
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( Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times )

To survive, carwasheros often pool resources, cramming into cheap one-room apartments, sometimes sleeping side-by-side on the floor. Guadalupe Lima, rear, and his friend share a small studio with two other friends in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles. Lima sleeps on the floor and is up by 5 every morning to get to work.

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