She thought it looked similar to the author's house.
She didn't want a house; she prefered living outside.
She is a person of value because she used to own a house.
She's happy she doesn't have to pay a mortgage anymore.
It's an example of security and stability in her life.
It has too many problems to hold any value for her.
The author doesn't discuss her feeling about her house.
The author is homeless and does not own her own home.
Some are mentally ill.
Some can't find shelters close enough to where they're staying.
Some do not want to compromise by staying somewhere that isn't their own home.
Some feel "locked in" in a shelter.
To inform or explain.
To express opinion.
Most people don't have any emotional attachment to their homes.
"Home" ususally means a lot to people because it's where their families are and where important memories were created.
Your home is important because it is where all of your material possessions are.
Most people like their homes, but Quindlen has no personal feelings about her house.