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Seeing the Invisible: A yearlong look at N.C. poverty

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Overpowered by the smell of mold and mildew, Tina Pope, 37, breathes through her shirt collar as she shows off the kitchen of the duplex apartment in Henderson that she rented with her 5-year-old son and fiancé for 3 years. “I’m not a nasty person,” said Pope who works for a cleaning service and paid $225 dollars per month rent for the property. “I wouldn’t even advise a person coming off the street to live in here. I hate I had to live her myself.” The city has moved to condemn the home, though the landlord has expected her to continue to pay rent. She works two jobs to try to keep her family afloat.

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