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Stealing Home: Foreclosures, Evictions and the Legal System, Part 2

Stealing Home: Foreclosures, Evictions and the Legal System, Part 2

By Marc Lampson
Public Services Attorney

(Second of Two Parts)
Evictions1

Last month’s article in this spot mentioned Matthew Desmond’s book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,2 in which the author recognizes the importance of “home:”

The home is the center of life. It is a refuge from the grind of work, the pressure of school, and the menace of the streets. We say that at home, we can “be ourselves.” Everywhere else, we are someone else. At home, we remove our masks.3

Like Desmond, a growing number of legal scholars4 argue that the central importance of “home” to the physical and mental well-being of...

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