The rent eat first

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A phrase from Matthew Desmond's Evicted:

A universal housing-voucher program would fundamentally change the face of poverty in America, driving down family homelessness and making evictions rare again. When families finally receive a housing voucher after years on the waiting list—when they finally obtain this ticket that allows them to pay a modest thirty percent of their income on housing—they do one consistent thing with their freed-up income: they take it to the grocery store and buy more food. Their children become stronger, healthier. But the majority of poor renting families aren’t so lucky, and their kids don’t get enough to eat because the rent eats first. In this rich land, that situation is not only unnecessary; it is morally unacceptable.

- from this interview