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Tim Kaine: How to make housing fair in America

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Tim Kaine: My first legal case, for African-American woman denied housing, emblematic of challenges black Americans face

He says around the same time, Donald Trump was being sued by feds for discriminatory housing practices at 39 properties

Kaine: Hillary Clinton's plan will invest tens of billions to ensure families of color find decent, affordable places to live

Editor’s Note: Tim Kaine is a United States senator from Virginia and the Democratic candidate for vice president. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

CNN —  

I was a brand-new lawyer at a small firm in Richmond, Virginia. And fresh out of law school, as the rookie on the team, the pro-bono cases came to me. That’s how I met Lorraine.

She was a young African-American woman. As she sat across the table, she told me how she had just graduated college, found a job, and was trying to move out of her parents’ home and start a life of her own.