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At housing court, final pleas to head off evictions

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In the midst of the holiday season, no one wanted to be here. Yet hundreds of people — homeowners, tenants, landlords — mobbed the fifth floor of Boston Housing Court on a recent Thursday, shuffling into courtrooms on what is unofficially known as eviction day.
The homeowners facing eviction have already lost their houses to foreclosure but will not move willingly, clinging to a desperate hope that they can stave off eviction and find a way to buy back their homes.
The prospects are dim. Few, if any, can even afford a lawyer.
If foreclosure is the final chapter of homeownership, a court eviction hearing is the weary epilogue.

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