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PHOTO: April 30 is the deadline for Save the Dream Ohio, which already has helped nearly 17,000 keep their homes. Photo credit: Jeff Turner

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The door soon will close on foreclosure-prevention assistance available through the "Save the Dream Ohio" program. April 30 is the deadline for homeowners to register and receive up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance. Antoinette Smith, a foreclosure prevention specialist at Empoweri ...Read More

The state is expected to collect billions of dollars in cap-and-trade auctions. Steinberg's plan would allocate 35 percent of the revenues to affordable housing and "sustainable communities." Courtesy of the Office of State Senate Darrell Steinberg.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a new plan for cap-and-trade proceeds that are collected from the state's biggest polluters. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wants the majority of those revenues to go toward providing a permanent source of funding for sust ...Read More

PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear ...Read More

PHOTO: There are 1 million individuals with disabilities in Tennessee, and one of their biggest struggles is finding housing that is both affordable and accessible. Photo credit: David Antis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Finding affordable housing is a struggle for many across Tennessee, but for people with disabilities the barriers are even higher, and a forum Friday looks to make some inroads on the issue. According to Emily Hoskins, independent living specialist at the Center for Independent ...Read More

PHOTO: Debris on streets of coastal New York days after Hurricane Sandy. Advocates for the homeless say 17 months later, the housing situation for many is worse than it was last winter. Photo credit: Walt Jennings, FEMA.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The one, two, three punch of the foreclosure crisis, Hurricane Sandy and the worst winter in recent memory has hit New York hard and – on Long Island especially – left advocates for the homeless staggering. Many low-income renters lost their dwellings in the w ...Read More

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do ...Read More

PHOTO: As the AmeriCorps program marks its 20th anniversary, recruitment is beginning for the next terms of service. Photo credit: Ohio Assn. of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A poverty-fighting organization is looking for some new recruits who can provide a helping hand for Ohioans in need. In exchange for a modest stipend, AmeriCorps members volunteer at schools, shelters, and other community service programs throughout the state. According to Dustin ...Read More

PHOTO: A new downpayment assistance program in Illinois is expected to help make home ownership a reality for more first-time buyers, and stimulate statewide economic activity. Photo credit: "Click," morguefile.com.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Just as the spring home-buying season kicks off, the state is launching a new program to help more Illinoisans open the door to a new house. According to the Illinois Housing Development Authority's executive director, Mary Kenney, changes in debt-to-income restrictions and other ...Read More

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