Jodi Jill

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Jodi Jill
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Jodi Jill
Born (1971-01-29) January 29, 1971 (age 46)
Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Writer

Jodi Jill (born January 29, 1971) is an author best known for having been raised in a public storage facility.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jill was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. In 1980, when she was nine years old, she, her parents, and her younger sister relocated to Loveland, Colorado, where the family moved into a 10-by-20-foot storage unit at Loveland Self Storage. Because the facility barred people from living in the units, Jill’s parents avoided suspicion by refusing to let the children out during the day, even to attend school, and forbade them from speaking to people outside the family. Neither Jill nor her siblings were ever enrolled in school.[2][3]

The storage unit would remain Jill and her family’s residence for the next 13 years, during which time her parents had three more children.[4]

A feature article about Jill in Marie Claire described the family’s “bizarre” living arrangement:

With wood pilfered from construction sites, (Jill’s father) built a sleeping loft. For a toilet, everyone used the same bucket, emptied only once a day in a nearby ditch; to bathe, they filled another bucket from a spigot in the parking lot. A propane heater kept the temperature just above freezing.[2]

Writing career[edit]

Jill is the author of Tours for Free California[5] and Tours for Free: Colorado.[6] In 2004, Los Angeles Magazine called Tours for Free California the year’s “Best Offbeat Guide to L.A.”[7]


  1. ^ “Raised in a Storage Unit”. The Jeff Probst Show. CBS Television Distribution. December 27, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Dutton, Judy (October 8, 2012). “Out of the Box”. Marie Claire. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Micklos, John, Jr. (April 1, 2002). “Quit Whining and Read: Raised In a Storage Unit, Jodi Jill Used the Power of Words to Become an Author and Literacy Advocate” Reading Today. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Fletcher, Harrison (October 4, 2001). “Out of the Box”. Denver Westword. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Nelson Handel, "Life Is Really Just a Big Free Tour", Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2003.
  6. ^ Quillen, Ed (March 2002). “Tours for Free: Colorado, by Jodi Jill”. Colorado Central Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  7. ^ “The Best of L.A.” Los Angeles Magazine. August 2004. Retrieved February 15, 2013.