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Stacie Drover (31) lives under the Gardiner: ''A couple of months ago, I went to the hospital to give birth to my baby girl. When I came back to my apartment, my landlord told me he was kicking me out. I had no money, no food and a newborn, so my boyfriend and I went to a family shelter called Birkdale at Ellesmere and Brimley. Eventually, people from child services came and took my daughter away. I was so sad that I relapsed into drug use and tried to kill myself. After that, my boyfriend and I moved to the space underneath the Gardiner. It's really cold, but at least it's covered. We got a small propane heater, which gets the tent warm pretty quickly. My boyfriend says we could get carbon monoxide poisoning, but at the same time, we don't want to die from the cold. So we place it inside just long enough to warm up the tent, then take it out.''