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The Supreme Court's Challenge to Housing Segregation 6.7.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) In this April 8, 2013 picture, a boy shoots a basketball into a makeshift basket made from a milk crate and attached to a vacant row house in Baltimore.  In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications. Its rejection of a challenge to Obamacare and its endorsement of the right to same-sex marriage have received the attention they were due. A third decision, confirming that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only policies that intend to perpetuate racial discrimination and segregation, but those that have the effect of doing so, was equally momentous. Yet because the ruling concerned an obscure (to the public) and technical phrase (“disparate impact”), it has been more difficult to understand. To comprehend its significance, a review of its background is in order. Roots of the Fair Housing Act In over 100 cities during the summer of 1967 African Americans rioted, in rebellion against segregated and inadequate ghetto conditions. President Lyndon ...
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It's Not Just the Flags. All These Public Schools Are Named After Notorious Racists 1.7.2015 Mother Jones
The Confederate flag is hardly the only symbol of the South's racist history that has yet to go away. Indeed, public schools nationwide still bear the names of long-dead champions of a white-supremacist state. The good news is that several of those schools have reconsidered their loaded names. Last year, the Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida, became Westside High School. Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. And Aycock Hall at Duke University , named for former North Carolina Gov. Charles Aycock, an avowed white supremacist, became East Residence Hall. This move prompted East Carolina University eight months later to rename its own Aycock Hall as Heritage Hall. Last May, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill changed Saunders Hall to Carolina Hall to shed its association with Klan leader William Saunders. Last week, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who formerly served as San Antonio's mayor, ...
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Jeb Bush dogged by decades of questions about business deals 29.6.2015 Washington Post
In early 1989, seven weeks after his father moved into the White House, Jeb Bush took a trip to Nigeria.Nearly 100,000 Nigerians turned out to see him over four days as he accompanied the executives of a Florida company called Moving Water Industries, which had just retained Bush to market the firm’s pumps. Escorted by the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, Bush met with the nation’s political and religious leaders as part of an MWI effort to land a deal that would be worth $80 million.Read full article ...
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FEMA grant goes to Snohomish County to buy Oso properties 25.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A FEMA award — plus matched grants from the state and Snohomish County — will assist as the county buys back property in the flood-risk area.
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Reverse-mortgage change saves homes for surviving spouses 21.6.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
HUD changed its policy so loan servicers could assign the reverse-mortgage loan back to HUD and make a claim for money owed against the agency’s FHA insurance fund.
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Regulators: Wells Fargo, Chase, U.S. Bank still fail mortgage service tests 18.6.2015 LA Times: Business
Four years after pledging to clean up wide-ranging foreclosure abuses, Wells Fargo & Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and four other banks still aren’t complying with customer-service standards imposed by a federal regulator.
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Obama wants to reengineer your neighborhood 15.6.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
This is what you get when you put a community organizer in the White House — he tries to reorganize your community from Washington. Apparently, President Obama thinks your neighborhood may not be inclusive enough, so he has instructed his Department of Housing and Urban Development to issue a new rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, which is designed to force communities to diversify. Read full article ...
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What you’d need to earn in every state to rent a decent apartment 9.6.2015 Ezra Klein
If you're living in a one-parent household making the $7.75 minimum wage in Hawaii, you would need to work 163 hours a week to comfortably make your rent payment on a two-bedroom apartment -- giving you a luxurious five hours a week to sleep, eat or spend time with your family. To comfortably afford a decent ...
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Twin Cities low-cost housing is drying up - especially in suburbs 6.6.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Lois Bystrom gets depressed just talking about it.

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Met Council seeks dismissal of fair housing complaint 28.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Three cities say the Met Council has intentionally concentrated low-income rental housing in impoverished areas. The Met Council contends it cannot withhold money from cities that don't meet housing goals.
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Archdiocese puts buildings up for sale 27.5.2015 MinnPost
You know the archdiocese has to be hard up when they’re selling the archbishop’s house.  From the AP (via MPR):  “For-sale signs have been posted outside several properties owned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as it seeks to pay creditors. … KSTP-TV reports the properties with the for-sale signs include the chancery and the archbishop's residence in St. Paul near the cathedral, as well as three other properties in St. Paul and another in Northfield.” Huge settlement in case against Wisconsin’s Associated Bank over mortgage discrimination. Mary Lynn Smith and Jim Buchta in the Star Tribune report: “A Wisconsin bank with branches in Minnesota has agreed to a $200 million, three-year settlement prompted by one of the largest discriminatory housing lending complaints ever brought by the federal government. … Associated Bank agreed to the settlement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleged that between 2008 and 2010 the bank discriminated against blacks and ...
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Homeless veterans shut out of American dream? 25.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Karlene S. is a 35-year-old Army veteran who served as part of the post-9/11 war against terrorism. A single parent, she has three children, the youngest two diagnosed with ADHD and other ongoing special needs. She herself has health issues, including hypertension and depression. While she has tried to provide for her family by working at Target, she still cannot afford her rent.
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Julian Castro: Clinton emails a 'witch hunt' 24.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Julian Castro labeled the House Republican-led investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails a "witch hunt" and a "sideshow" from dealing with America's most pressing problems.
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Colorado submits plan for additional $58 million in fed flood relief 15.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday that state officials have submitted to the federal government a $58..2 million flood recovery plan to help Colorado communities hit by the 2013 flood.
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Fannie Mae accused of neglecting foreclosures in minority areas 14.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Fannie Mae neglected foreclosed homes in minority neighborhoods, including Vallejo, Richmond and Oakland, while taking better care of similar homes in white neighborhoods, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development by 20 housing and civil rights groups. Boarded-up or broken windows, graffiti, unlocked doors, damaged gutters, overgrown lawns and shrubs, dead animals and trash were among the signs of neglect that advocates showed in photos at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “Fannie Mae’s failure to take care of its massive foreclosure inventory in African American and Latino neighborhoods further destabilizes the communities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, in clear contradiction of its congressional charter, federal fair housing laws, and its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing,” said Shanna Smith, CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, which joined with 19 local groups, including Fair Housing of Marin, in the ...
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Fannie Mae accused of neglecting some foreclosed homes 14.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A national fair housing organization has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, charging that Fannie Mae is not properly caring for and marketing foreclosed homes it owns in nonwhite ...
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'American Idol': Where even the losers were winners 12.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
For a while, there was no greater prize on TV than the title of the next "American Idol." With the series ending next year, that title doesn't carry with it quite the heft and import it once did, but for a time in the early part of the 21st century, Fox's reality singing competition was so popular,...
Trendy rehab near Como Lake endangers homes of elderly tenants 7.5.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Elaine Linehan of St. Paul made the necessary introductions.

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For women veterans, a housing community to call their own 6.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Maria Alcazar beamed as she clutched the keys.
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Landlord under fire from Minneapolis fights back 6.5.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
In a federal complaint, Mahmood Kahn said he is being unfairly targeted and that city officials are discriminating against his predominantly low-income, minority tenants.
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