Investigation: Ohio city trying to push out poor

CINCINNATI (AP) — An investigation by The Cincinnati Enquirer has found that the southwest Ohio city of Middletown has been trying to push out poor residents for several years.

The Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1hEsyeu) obtained hundreds of pages of documents and court records that the paper says provide a glimpse of the city's plan to get rid of some Section 8 tenants.

Section 8 refers to federal subsidies that help low-income families afford housing in the private market.

The documents show that city officials have threatened tenants with losing housing assistance if they have delinquent water bills and have talked of putting some landlords through extra bureaucracy to get them to leave.

The city denies wrongdoing, saying they haven't been targeting poor people but trying to tackle clusters of Section 8 housing that have emerged.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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