Last year, Carolyn Malone lived in this Central District room, which was about 110 square feet, cost $500 a month, and shared a bathroom and kitchen.  (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Off the street, into a hovel

Public money spent on Seattle houses with bugs, trash, no water

In response to the homelessness crisis, local governments are spending millions of dollars on rental subsidies to get people into housing that is seen as more stable. But with lax oversight, those dollars have paid for properties with long histories of neglect and disrepair.

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