Who is Arleen in Evicted?

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Arleen is one of the many tragic individuals in the real-life tale Evicted. Impoverished and living with her children, she is evicted from her apartment and needs to find new housing immediately. She spends nearly her entire welfare check on rent every month and is trying desperately to maintain her welfare case since she has no other income.

After being denied by literally dozens of landlords, she is finally offered a place to stay at the 90th. She moves in, grateful, but her stay is cut short. After her son gets into a physical altercation with a teacher at school, they are asked to leave, again leaving them in a nomadic situation.

She moves in with Trisha and her boyfriend, another low-income family. They squeeze everyone into their apartment for a month and a half until Trisha and her boyfriend leave. Arleen is left homeless again and must move in with her sister.

Because of the constant upheaval in their life, Arleen loses the majority of their possessions, as she is unable to afford...

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