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Proposed Rules Hit Shares of Mortgage REITs 3.9.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
New rules proposed by a federal agency on Tuesday hit shares of some mortgage real-estate investment trusts which could lose access to a low-cost source of funding if the plan moves forward.
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In Virginia, thousands of day-care providers operate without government oversight 31.8.2014 Washington Post
On the edge of Roanoke, at the dead end of a blacktop road, Teresa Atwood’s small home doubled as a bustling day-care business. On Sept. 23, 2010, the house was crowded with infants and toddlers. Some were watching cartoons in the living room. Others, including 1-year-old Andy Ngo, were supposed to be sleeping in a ...
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HealthCare.Gov Website Faces New Challenge: Tax Forms 29.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans. Because of complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, the Department of Health and Human Services must send out millions of new tax forms next year. They're like W-2s for people getting health insurance tax credits under President Barack Obama's law. The forms are called 1095-As, and list who in each household has health coverage, and how much the government paid each month to subsidize those insurance premiums. Nearly 5 million people have gotten subsidies through HealthCare.gov. If the forms are delayed past their Jan. 31 deadline, some people may have to wait to file tax returns — and collect their refunds. A delay of a week or two may not sound like much, but many people depend on their tax refunds to plug holes in family finances. The uncertainty is unnerving to some tax ...
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8 Overlooked Places To Find Affordable Furniture, From 'Cheap' To 'Free' 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Yeah, yeah, we know about IKEA. For better or worse, it's the place where many of us go to furnish our homes affordably without having to go through the hassle of going to a furniture store. However, you're not always going to live close to the mothership of "First Apartment Furniture" -- or, maybe you just don't want to set foot in an IKEA. Your choice. If you want to furnish your home cheaply, here's a reminder about frequently-overlooked places to find furniture. CHEAP Flickr photo by benjamin stone It depends on the estate, of course. Generally speaking, we've found everything from Midcentury bedroom sets to classic solid wood tables, all for a fraction of what you'd pay for at an antiques dealer. You can find estate sale listings on Craigslist, but you'd also do well to sign up for alerts for your area on EstateSales.net. On the day of the sale, arrive early, bring cash and have a friend come with you to help lug the stuff back to your home. If it's a multi-day sale, know that the best bargains are ...
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Can working-class families afford to live in San Mateo County? 29.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Affordable housing advocates are redoubling their calls for cities in San Mateo County to adopt policies protecting tenants who can't keep pace with the skyrocketing rental market.
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Mitch McConnell: 'I Am The Guy That Gets Us Out Of Shutdowns' 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed any notions about allowing another federal government shutdown if Republicans retake the upper chamber next year. "Oh, I did rule it out. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in a Wednesday interview . "I'm the guy that's gotten us out of the shutdowns that some of our members have pushed us into in the past." "It's a failed policy," he said of brinkmanship over government funding bills. The Kentucky Republican sought to tamp down fears about another costly fiscal standoff after Congress returns from recess next month, fanned in part by Democrats this week . Lawmakers will have just 10 working days to agree to a continuing resolution before funding passed earlier this year expires on Oct. 1, raising the possibility of a political crisis ahead of the midterm elections. In an interview with Politico earlier this month, McConnell struck a more defiant tone. He promised to use spending bills to ...
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Affordable Housing Wire: City councilman Costa Constantinides is worried... 28.8.2014 Terrorism

Affordable Housing Wire: City councilman Costa Constantinides is worried...City councilman Costa Constantinides is worried that the wording in a proposal for permanent affordable housing in Astoria Cove, the 1,723-apartment development planned for the northern Queens peninsula, may contain loopholes that will allow developers to pass market rate rentals....


Can Private Capital Save Public Housing? (Tenants Have Their Doubts) 28.8.2014 American Prospect
Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes,  dynamited  over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and much of it is reasonably well run by local authorities. For half a century, presidents, legislators and housing developers have sought alternatives, involving supposedly more efficient private market incentives. However, these alternatives, too, have been far from scandal-free. The Johnson-era  Section 236 program  (named for part of the housing code) gave private developers tax benefits and direct payments to build low-rent housing, underwritten by subsidized thirty-year mortgages. But then, as the mortgages started being paid off in the 1990s, many developers kicked out poor tenants and  converted the buildings to ...
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Can Private Capital Save Public Housing? 28.8.2014 American Prospect
Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes,  dynamited  over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and much of it is reasonably well run by local authorities. For half a century, presidents, legislators and housing developers have sought alternatives, involving supposedly more efficient private market incentives. However, these alternatives, too, have been far from scandal-free. The Johnson-era  Section 236 program  (named for part of the housing code) gave private developers tax benefits and direct payments to build low-rent housing, underwritten by subsidized thirty-year mortgages. But then, as the mortgages started being paid off in the 1990s, many developers kicked out poor tenants and  converted the buildings to ...
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Second quarter housing affordability declines statewide 28.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
It's getting much more difficult for home buyers, especially first-time home buyers, to afford a median-price home in California. Rising home prices that have worked well to boost home appreciation, are now preventing home buyers from even qualifying for a home purchase.
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Steve King: 'All Bets Are Off' On Government Shutdown If Obama Acts On Immigration 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One of the most vehement opponents of comprehensive immigration reform said Wednesday that he supports a tactic that could lead to another federal government shutdown. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that "all bets are off" about the fate of a continuing resolution to fund the government if President Barack Obama decides to unilaterally take action to provide deportations relief for undocumented immigrants. "If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear," King said, according to the Des Moines Register . "I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that." If the president takes action on immigration, as he is expected to do later this fall , King said that Republicans should push for the passage of House legislation on border security to become a "requirement" in exchange for funding the ...
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Can investment districts bring more clean energy to minorities? 27.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Center for Social Inclusion proposes a novel idea to fund renewables for low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Can investment districts bring more clean energy to minorities?
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Democrats Warn GOP About Risking Another Government Shutdown 27.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- With growing talk about another potential government shutdown , Democrats this week are launching a new website to remind Republicans about their promises to avoid a similar scenario before Washington lurched to a halt last year. The website, titled " Shutdown Broken Promises ," will highlight statements made by Republicans last year vowing to avoid a government shutdown. The first promise, made by Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) in August, was followed by her vote against a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling just a few months later. "The American people won’t make the mistake again of trusting this Republican Congress not to put us through unnecessary worry. It’s time for real action, not just empty rhetoric," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement. Despite assurances by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that House Republicans would not shut down the government , the tactic is finding a receptive audience among some of their ...
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Half-million-dollar subsidy headed to DFL's Dayton campaign; GOP's Johnson to get $389K 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The two gubernatorial hopefuls are among 238 candidates who will get state subsidies for their campaigns.
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A Generation Later, Poor are Still Rare at Elite Colleges 26.8.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
Amid promises to admit more poor students, top colleges educate roughly the same percentage of them as they did a generation ...
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Co-op housing near U provides affordable option for students 26.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Denver City Council passes affordable housing bill 26.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
By a narrow 7-6 vote, the Denver City Council gave final approval Monday night to a bill aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing in Denver.
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Obamacare Opens Door For Gender Reassignment Surgery 26.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Devin Payne had gone years without health insurance – having little need and not much money to pay for it. Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man. In her early 40s, she changed her name, began wearing long skirts and grew out her sandy blond hair. And she started taking female hormones, which caused her breasts to develop and the muscle mass on her 6-foot one-inch frame to shrink. The next step was gender reassignment surgery. For that, Payne, who is now 44, said she needed health coverage. “It is not a simple, easy, magical surgery,” said Payne, a photographer who lives in Palm Springs. “Trying to do this without insurance is a big risk. Things can go wrong … not having the money to pay for it would be awful.”  Payne learned in the fall that she might qualify for subsidies through the state’s new insurance marketplace, Covered California, because her income fell under the limit of $46,000 a year. She eagerly signed up in March for a Blue Shield plan for ...
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New student housing cooperative near U aims to offer more affordable rentals 26.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Rents will be 10 to 15 percent less than the competition and the co-op model allows residents more control of their building
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New student housing cooperative near U of M aims to offer more affordable rentals 25.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Rents will be 10 to 15 percent less than the competition and the co-op model allows residents more control of their building
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