Right before they leave Manzanar, Papa gets all proactive and decides that they'll leave before their scheduled day; he even goes off and buys a used sedan even though they could just take the bus provided by the government (which would have only taken a day).
To get all the kids and all their stuff to Long Beach, Papa ends up making three—yes, three—trips back and forth.
The whole move takes four days.
Jeanne goes with her dad on the first trip to Los Angeles, which ends up being kind of a wild ride since he's drunk most of the way. By the time they hit the city though, Papa is tense and sober—they all are because they're fearing the worst.
But nothing happens.
The streets are pretty much the same and the people are indifferent to them.
Not everything is the same though.
Turns out all the reports are true: California is really short on housing because not only are all the Japanese-Americans returning, but there's also this huge population boom.
Jeanne's family is luckier than most because the American Friends Service helps them out.
The AFS helps them find a 3-bedroom apartment—with its own inside toilet—in a Long Beach housing project called Cabrillo Homes.
It's not until Jeanne gets into high school that she sees Cabrillo Homes for what it is: an unfinished, unmaintained, army-style set of barracks.
Mama's able to pick up some stuff she stored with neighbors pre-Manzanar, but that storage room she rented? "Robbed."
Papa's car and boats? Repossessed or just plain gone.
They're back at zero.
Papa never really recovers from this trauma, but he still tries to be active and there's that co-op housing plan he's still trying to get off the ground (even though chances for success are low).
Mama takes a job at a cannery again, and her salary becomes super-important because Papa's not bringing any money in.
Cannery jobs are beneath Papa, and Mama would be even more ashamed if Papa had to deal with one of these low-end jobs too.
So every morning she puts on her good face and goes to the cannery with a bunch of other Japanese women.
Jeanne's fears also die down once she gets into a routine, especially listening to the radio.