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Is Texas Guilty of Housing Bias? Case Could Affect U.S.

Is Texas Guilty of Housing Bias? Case Could Affect U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could knock out a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination, a move that would make it tougher for people to win lawsuits claiming housing policies are biased. When the justices take the bench on Wednesday, they will consider whether housing or lending practices that have a negative impact on [...]
Mortgage Servicers Still Giving Poor Service, Survey Shows  Despite being put on notice by the feds, some mortgage servicers have yet to clean up their acts.  Mortgage servicers are still failing to give borrowers adequate time to modify their loans, losing paperwork submitted by borrowers and foreclosing before borrowers are delinquent, according to a survey conducted by the National Council of La [...]
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On the surface, Crystal Sahler’s upbringing wasn’t extraordinary: She went to school. She played with friends at the park. She built snowmen. Then in 2008, when Crystal was only 17, her mother unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurism, leaving her grieving, homeless and alone on the streets of Joliet, Illinois. A year later, through [...]
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The Homeless in Silicon Valley Ask: Where Will We Go?For decades, a creek bed in East San Jose, Calif. has become a homeless encampment for hundreds of residents who've lost homes, jobs and families. They had no place else to go. But on Dec. 4, "The Jungle," as what the encampment was called, was shut down by the city of San Jose.
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Affordable Housing Protections Take Effect in Chicago  Owners of single-room occupancy buildings in Chicago who want to convert their structures to market-rate housing must now take extra steps designed to protect tenants from getting pushed out to make room for wealthier people.  A new city housing ordinance started this month and requires that owners of so-called “SRO” buildings – which stand [...]
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Silicon Valley Blazes a Trail — Abandoning the HomelessUpdate: The Associated Press on Thursday reported that police and social service officials in Silicon Valley have started clearing the homeless encampment.  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Shouting and banging on doors, city officials in Silicon Valley stapled and taped notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning more than 200 residents of [...]
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Feeding the Homeless is Now Legal in Fla. City  (AP) — A judge has suspended enforcement of a South Florida city’s law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue. The ordinance is aimed at keeping people from feeding the homeless in parks and other public places in Fort Lauderdale. Nationwide, people have objected [...]
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Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing  San Jose, California – one of Silicon Valley’s key cities – will soon see more affordable housing amid the pricey real estate in the high technology area, thanks to two years of advocacy work by grassroots, faith and business groups.  The San Jose City Council on Nov. 18 approved a housing impact fee of [...]
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If We Love Kids so Much, Why Are 1 in 30 Homeless?SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled “America’s [...]
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Oakland Renters Chalk Up Victory for Tenant RightsHigh technology job growth has increased demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, causing soaring rents that have spilled over into cities like Oakland. The estimated rent for homes in Oakland for June 2014 hit $2,124, nearly 11 percent higher than the same period last year, and those housing costs have risen every [...]
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