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Eviction prevention efforts in Baltimore lag

Eviction prevention efforts in Baltimore lag

The line outside the doors of the Bon Secours Community Works center in West Baltimore forms at 8 a.m.

The office won't be open for another 90 minutes, but each month tenants facing eviction arrive early with the paperwork they need to prove they qualify for a $700 grant that could help them avoid getting kicked out of their homes.

On a recent morning, Lester Moody caught a ride from his apartment near Morgan State University, hoping to be among the fortunate 20 selected. Moody said he missed April's rent at his Marble Hall Gardens apartment because a surgery last year drained his savings.

After 11 years in his apartment, Moody was fearful of what would happen if he...

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