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Living without heat in winter is common reality for the poor in US

Others wind up heatless because they live in substandard housing

As housing prices soar and the quality of housing that low-income residents can afford deteriorates, being poor often means being cold, particularly in the city.


AT the end of a row of abandoned homes in one of Washington's poorest neighbourhoods, it is 7.30 am, and Chamika McLaughlin climbs out of bed. She dreads this time of day. It is when she has to make a choice between two terrible options. Does she stay cold? Or does she put her...