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To find a home they can afford, low-income households often live with pests, mold, and exposed wires in their homes. But each of these health and safety hazards alone are not severe enough to appear in national datasets, meaning that many more Americans may live in these substandard conditions than policymakers think. Without an accurate picture of the scope of the problem, how can we direct funding and policy attention to the right areas?

A new photo essay shows some of the housing hazards that, on their own, would get lost in the current definition of inadequate housing.