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As Unemployment Mounts During COVID-19, Newark Renters Are Also Contending with Illegal Evictions

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“During the early weeks of the public health crisis, South Newark resident Rodney Codjoe watched as his job at Flying Food Group, a private provider of airline meals, slipped away from him hour by hour.

When the layoff eventually came, Codjoe, like more than half a million New Jerseyans, found himself not only filing for unemployment but preparing for a difficult conversation with his landlord about rent. He had been staying in the converted attic of a house on Nye Avenue with one other roommate since January, paying $175 each week”

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