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Introductions were a hasty formality when Christopher Wiggins and his family arrived, tousled and tired, at a Greyhound station in Florida in March. Wiggins' wife and three of their kids weren't merely meeting his aunt and uncle; they would be living with them indefinitely.

Evicted from their New York apartment after failing to comply with the terms of a rent-subsidy program, Wiggins and his wife, Shavone Burke, now share a single bedroom in his relatives' townhouse with their three small children and what's left of their possessions -- a few suitcases of clothes and some of the kids' toys.

"If it wasn't for my aunt and uncle, we'd be in a really bad situation," says Wiggins, 25, a former security guard who is job hunting in Tampa. "Nobody else would have put us up like this." Read full article »

LifeWire provides original and syndicated lifestyle content to Web publishers. Maureen Salamon is a New Jersey-based freelance writer.

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