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Chambersburg Rent-to-Own Project Left Tenants Feeling ‘Set Up to Fail’

Dani Fresh for WHYY
Jonathan and Marcia Pretlow with their children, Julius, Asia, and Laila.

Many Americans dream of owning a home as a way to build wealth and give their families a leg up for generations. But there can be a lot of systemic barriers to homeownership, particularly if a person does not make a lot of money and is Black or Latino.

A rent-to-own program in Central Pennsylvania promised to help tenants overcome those barriers. But as WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ Laura Benshoff reports, red tape and bad communication threaten their dreams of homeownership.

(Original air-date: 5/20/21)