Working-class mother Carrie Angel is raising her two teenaged sons in Section 8 housing while she finishes her carpentry certification. It's not the ideal place to raise the boys but it is all she can afford since her divorce. And once she is a working carpenter she'll be able to buy them a house of their own. Divorce also forces upscale Jen Manners and her resentful daughter Emily from their comfortable, suburban lifestyle into subsidized housing. Jen's decade old Lit-degree and lack of work history send her into a system she thought reserved for a different class of woman than herself. And so Carrie and Jen meet. Two women with nothing in common in their lives but their financial situation and Section 8 housing. Gradually they get to know each other, even like each other. And together begin to believe that yes, life is what you make it.