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The testimony was familiar but not diminished in its emotion.

Pittsburgh residents talked about rising rents, about poor housing conditions, about absentee landlords. About being pushed out of their neighborhoods just as the areas improve, about gentrification, about not knowing what to do next.

“I work here. I come to work everyday. I love my job, but I have nowhere to live,” Billie Vaughn, a city employee and mother of three, told the Pittsburgh City Council. Vaughn said she has a Section 8 voucher, but landlords have denied her even the opportunity to look at housing in some parts of town.

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