In the summer of 2019, James* and his girlfriend packed their two dogs and all of their belongings into a car, and left their home state for a new life in Santa Cruz, California. James was about to embark on a PhD in social sciences. It had been almost impossible to find a place. For weeks they had combed Craigslist, Facebook, and the UC housing Listserv for a room they could afford. Nothing turned up.
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