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His group recently did a yearlong study that revealed that most of the tenants who end up in the city’s rent court are extremely poor, making $2,000 or less per month.

Only 15 percent of them get housing aid such as vouchers to help cover their rent. Most are also African American women with children who have a high school diploma or less. They also usually lose their cases. One in 17 of the city’s renters cheap Canada Goose is evicted each year.

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Desmond’s suggestion for universal housing vouchers below a certain income is actually how housing vouchers work now, but there aren’t enough of them to go around. Cities have waiting lists that are years or even decades long. Only 1 in 4 families that qualify for housing aid, such as vouchers or public housing, actually gets it.

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