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Five days to vacate: How a sudden setback can lead to an eviction

Since 2017, 12 families a day on average have been evicted from their homes in Travis County. Many people had lost a job, experienced a medical emergency or had a roommate leave without notice.

Brittany Phillips tucks in her daughter Leah's shirt before taking her to school.
A notice to vacate gives tenants three days to move out.

"Possession to the plaintiff"

Travis County Deputies Juan Arispe and Theresa Stewart enter a home in Southwest Austin, where residents had been evicted.

"Police! Constable's office!"

“I feel like I’m stuck evicted"

Karen Woodward speaks with her mother in a Walmart parking lot. The 42-year-old was living in her car after being evicted.

'The shape of our problem'

“I had to think of the kids"

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