She paid rent late 3x during COVID. Now, her landlord tried to evict--while giving bad references to new prospective landlords. For Silvia Rodriguez in Fitchburg, it's an impossible situation as eviction filings rise drastically in Dane County.

FITCHBURG, Wis. — Silvia Rodriguez fights back tears as she sorts through the letters from her landlord.

“I’ve had a lot of headaches every day. I haven’t been able to sleep because of the worry that I’ll have to move us out of here somehow, but I didn’t have a place to go.”

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