Evictions loom for Chinatown residents who can’t find affordable houising

“Hi, Thelma,” Shao Zhao said Wednesday evening to her longtime neighbor, Thelma Caseres, who was strolling through the courtyard of the Hillside Villa apartments in Chinatown. Zhao is 23 and was born in China. Caseres is 61 and from El Salvador. But they have something in common: They both are panicked about what will happen when a 30-year arrangement expires that kept rents in their 124-unit building below market rates.