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February 8, 2024

A record number of Americans can't afford their rent. Lawmakers are scrambling to help

  • Monthly rent has outpaced income across the U.S., forcing many into tough situations.
  • By JESSE BEDAYN and MICHAEL CASEY
    Associated Press/Report for America

    DENVER — Single mom Caitlyn Colbert watched as rent for her two-bedroom apartment doubled, then tripled and then quadrupled over a decade in Denver — from $750 to $3,374 last year.

    Every month, like millions of Americans, Colbert juggled her costs. Pay rent or swim team fees for one of her three kids. Rent or school supplies. Rent or groceries. Colbert, a social worker who helps people stay financially afloat, would often arrive home to notices giving her 30 days to pay rent and a late fee or face eviction.


     
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