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At 9:00 a.m. on any given weekday, tenants are at the Hamilton County Municipal Court in eviction court pleading their case to a magistrate.

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There are more than 12,000 evictions a year in Hamilton County. That's 34% higher than the national average. Now, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency have created a program to mitigate the crisis. The goal of the Eviction Prevention Assistance Program is to keep families in their homes.

For many poor families in America, eviction is a real and ongoing threat. Sociologist Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute.

"Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," Desmond says. "Eviction is a direct cause of homelessness, but it also is a cause of residential instability, school instability [and] community instability."