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NY's public housing becomes life-long refuge

As rents soar, many of the higher-earning residents are reluctant to leave, depriving the neediest of homes

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Miguel Acevedo lives in his apartment in Fulton Houses with members of his extended family. He says he appreciates living in one of the most desirable parts of New York.

New York

ESTHER Swan grew up in public housing, graduated from college and has thrived professionally, most recently as a talent director for an entertainment company.

But while the buildings in New York City's housing projects deteriorated around her, with siblings and neighbours