Washington Post

As home prices soar in unlikely places, the most vulnerable residents pay the price

Chiz's Heart Street at Washington Ave. and Main St. Foto: The Washington Post by Eva Deitch The interior of Chiz's Heart Street in Kingston, N.Y. Foto: The Washington Post by Eva Deitch One of numerous murals painted on buildings around the Stockade District of Kingston, N.Y. Foto: The Washington Post by Eva Deitch Robert Hatcher, 77, a Kingston native and veteran, has lived at Chiz's Heart Street on and off for seven years. Foto: The Washington Post by Eva Deitch

KINGSTON, N.Y. - Inside a Victorian house flecked with chipping white paint, 65 group home residents must suddenly find a new place to live, an unintended consequence of a Federal Reserve policy meant to save an economy in crisis.

A refuge for people with mental illness, disabilities and substance dependence, the group home is closing after its owners agreed to sell the property this spring. Now, Mary Chisholm, who runs the home, is struggling to relocate the most vulnerable. It's particularly challenging because the area is unexpectedly experiencing the second-fastest growth in housing prices in the nation...

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