UW Sunday Column 1-19-14: Colleen Stone from Habitat for Humanity

Colleen Stone: Measuring contentment with a ruler

Colleen StoneIf your home was anything like ours, birthdays were the time when Mom walked you over to the kitchen door, made you stand as tall as you could (no going on tiptoes allowed) and marked your increased stature on the door jamb behind you. That’s one of the beauties of home ownership, I suppose — you can mark your family milestones wherever you want.

Over 34,000 parents in Sangamon County don’t yet enjoy that simple pleasure of measuring their children’s growth from birthday to birthday. They rent. Then they move. Then they rent again.

They never know from one birthday to the next where they are going to live. That’s because they are

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