Louisville Magazine

JUL 2018

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komenkentucky.org ypal.org 106 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 2018 SAVE THE DATE 23 rd Komen Kentucky Louisville Race for the Cure Saturday, October 13 NEW LOCATION: UofL ShelbyHurst Campus 502.495.7824 komenkentucky.org Josiah, quiet and polite, heads upstairs to read and change for baseball practice. Fleming feels blessed to have gone from eviction court to potential homeowner in a few months. At one point, someone advised him to go to a homeless shelter so he could secure emergency transitional housing or public housing. But Fleming couldn't do it. "at's not how I want my son to grow up," he says. His options were few because landlords were avoiding renting to him. He felt like he'd never escape those past evictions. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, an eviction can stay on a tenant screening report for seven years. Some screening companies pay to obtain access to housing records digitally. In Jefferson County, one of the country's largest data companies, LexisNexis, pays a woman to go to the Hall of Justice once a week. e friendly brunette sits at a long wooden table in the small-claims clerk's office, scanning eviction and small-claims cases for hours at a time. Data companies collect and store housing records from nearly every jurisdiction in the country, marketing it to people like landlords. James Fishman, a prominent New York consumer-rights lawyer, has been involved in several efforts to make the tenant screening process more fair. One push includes enhancing the reports; for example, instead of just showing that a landlord has sued a tenant, include information about the outcome, even details of the case. e current process can leave a renter blackballed. "ere's no dispute that there are certain people who are problem tenants," Fishman says. "But this catches everybody in the net. ey catch all the dolphins when they're looking for tuna." On the eve of the last day of school, Dixon and her three sons settle into their hotel room in Okolona. Micah, the oldest, sits cross-legged on the floor and opens an aqua-colored box full of acrylic paints and paintbrushes. He selects a chestnut-brown paint and begins dabbing at an Andy Warhol-inspired mask proj- ect. e 15-year-old dives into his phone, and the 12-year-old plops in bed, pulling the yellow blanket over his head so he's fully cocooned. "You tired?" Dixon asks. She sits at the small table sandwiched between the bed and the fridge. One of her son's best friends searches for gaming videos to watch. "e hotel has free Wi- Fi, so that's nice," Dixon says. For a few

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