Single working women at home

Almost unbelievable–that a young woman just out of college could rent a room for $55 a week in New York (even back in 1993 that was an incredibly low price). Okay, so that dream ended in 1996 when the landlord, a nonprofit, evicted all its single women tenants–presumably so it could start charging more and get more turnover. A sound business decision, of course. But I wonder what happened to the mission they were fulfilling when they first created Leo House…

Today more single women can afford to buy their own place to live–22% of all homes in the U.S. are bought by single working women. Thirty-five years ago a single woman couldn’t even get a mortgage; so we’re making progress.

Now if we could get busy on fixing the tax laws…


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