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Reading, Writing, Evicted: Portland Children Don’t Pay Rent but They Are Paying a Price

Snow covered an unprepared Portland the day 18 families learned they would soon be forced out of their homes. At the Normandy Apartments, the final day of 2016 came not with revelry but a rent hike so high it was essentially an eviction.

City leaders were stunned to learn Rigler Elementary stood to watch 5 percent of its students vanish by April. But it’s a reality some educators know all too well: Children don’t pay rent, but they are paying a steep price for Portland’s failure to solve its housing crisis.