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For these residents, help with sudden rent hike is a much-needed gift
For these residents, help with sudden rent hike is a much-needed gift

When Yong Woom Wang's rent shot up nearly 70%, the retired baker tried to slam on the brakes and cut back on expenses. He stopped driving to save gas. He cut back on the diabetes medicine he was supposed to take. And he kept his monthly food budget to no more than $50, and sometimes far less. Wang was one of scores of residents — mostly monolingual Koreans living on fixed incomes — whose lives were turned upside down last summer when Miracle Terrace converted from government-assisted affordable housing to a privately owned apartment complex intent on charging market rates. "There was no reason to celebrate in my life — as that life went from normal to...

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