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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mortgage Loans Available to Everybody... Unless You Are Black or Hispanic


According to data collected under the U.S. Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the amount of loans being made to minorities is decreasing, while mortgage loans made to whites have increased. The big question is WHY?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top 10 Best Colleges For Low Income Students

College For Low Income Students

A recent list of the best colleges for low-income students was compiled by CollegeNET, a Portland, Oregon-based developer of web technology for higher education, and PayScale, Inc., an online salary, benefits and compensation information company. Their collaboration resulted in a list of the ten best schools for disadvantaged students.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Top U.S. Cities With the HIGHEST and LOWEST Crime Rates

Police crime scene

When it comes to urban living, the first thing most people are concerned about is safety. Feeling safe and secure is just as important to Americans as affordability, and crime can wear many faces. It includes anything from property crime and burglary to rape and murder. But don't think that moving to a smaller city will help as some lesser populated U.S. cities are also included as those with the highest crime rates.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Black Viewpoint on Gun Control -- 49% of African Americans Want Stricter Laws

A recent Gallup poll revealed that overall, 38 percent of all Americans are not satisfied with gun control laws in the U.S., and 49 percent of all black Americans want stricter gun control laws. In fact, these numbers are an increase over the 25 percent of all Americans who held this view a year ago. Americans wanting stricter gun control is at its highest since 2001.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

More Low-Income Renters Being Forced to Move Out of Their Homes

When you read about people being forced out of their apartments because the landlord is going to raise the rent, you might this only happens in big cities like New York. You would be wrong. It's happening in other states, too. States like Michigan. A recently publicized case affects 144 people in the Ann Arbor area.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

NBA Star LeBron James To Inspire Underprivileged Kids in New Disney TV Show

LeBron James TV Show

"Sports and athletes were my inspiration growing up," states LeBron James. Now he has an opportunity to inspire other kids with a new half-hour show designed for kids and their families. LeBron and his business partner Maverick Carter are the executive producers of the ESPN Films' and Disney XD's new special scheduled to air on Sunday, October 26, at 8:00 p.m ET/PT.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Low Income Housing Doesn't Have to Look Like Low Income Housing!

New Hope Housing
A low income housing apartment building in Houston, Texas

It started with a helping hand but ended up a commitment by Joy Horak-Brown, executive director of New Hope Housing in Houston, Texas. The company began in 1993 and opened their first single-unit apartments to low-income residents of Houston in 1997. Now Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown joined the company shortly after. Why? It was the quality of the units that engaged her interest and won her over.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau Says 43% of Americans Live Below The Poverty Line

Housing in general is one of the biggest social issues in America today. In discussions on some of America's top social justice topics, housing is right up there with health care, unemployment and poverty. In fact, housing and poverty are generally discussed together. Why?

Almost half of Americans are on the brink of homelessness

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43 percent of Americans are living below the poverty line and just one step away from homelessness; many have already lost their homes. Poverty and homelessness are connected. What about low-income and affordable housing programs? What is the difference between them? Are they helping?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Jewel Donates Her New Song "Home To Me" to Public Housing

Singer and songwriter Jewel just released a song called "Home To Me" and is donating the proceeds to public housing. She recently sang the song live in Los Angeles for public housing administrators and residents and is donating the song to the ReThink public housing initiative.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation Opens Another Low-Income Housing Development in Philadelphia

Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi recently joined city officials in an unveiling ceremony for yet another low-income housing project that he is financially supporting. The new 55-unit, $16.6 million complex will provide homes for low-income renters and those who previously were homeless.