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Source: WPLN— 

Ellen Mahurin’s Franklin townhome is a classic 1980s build with grey aluminum siding and two spacious upstairs bedrooms.

But it’s not enough space for Mahurin and her two teenage kids. It’s all she could afford in the area so she’s been sleeping on her couch.

“I needed to find it fairly quickly after my husband and I separated,” she says.

Between Mahurin’s person life and the COVID-19 pandemic, her job and living arrangements were shaken up. She had been making up to $80,000 as an animal behaviorist and comfortably paying around $1,200 in rent.