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Finding an affordable home? Tough enough for many…

Mary Zendejas needed to leave her home.

She’d had a good run. For a decade she’d cultivated a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment into a place she could call home.

But eventually, the realities of renting – of her home not really being hers – arrived, as it has for so many others in this apartment-strapped city of 500,000 residents: Her rent shot up from $640 a month to $1,025.