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Eviction economy stands in the way of decent housing in the US

A universal housing voucher programme would fundamentally change the face of poverty

Landlords are not making money in trailer parks or ghettos despite their poverty but because of it. Depressed property values offer lower mortgage payments and tax bills. In poor areas of the cities, rents are lower, too - but not by much.

New York

THOSE of us who do not live in trailer parks or inner cities might think that low-income families in the US typically benefit from public housing or some other kind of government assistance. But the opposite is true. Three-quarters of families who qualify for housing assistance...

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