Blacks & Latinos get less Sandy relief according to Christie Admin

A report published on 12 December 2013 with data obtained by the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) raises serious questions about whether the Sandy relief programs have operated in an equitable and transparent manner. The reports, obtained through litigation with the Christie Administration and reviewed by the NAACP and Latino Action Network show that Latinos and African Americans have been rejected by the State at much higher rates than Caucasians for both Resettlement and RREM programs, which are the two major programs designed to provide funds for homeowners impacted by Sandy. read more

Help for low-income families to fight an eviction demand

I’d like to direct D to some resources that may help her fight eviction.

D writes:

Looking for an attorney who would be willing to help on a pro bono basis a young family with two adorable children (under three years old) to avoid eviction from their apartment. The apartment has not received the appropriate heat this winter, and thus their children are always sick. So they withheld their rent to try to get the landlord’s attention. Instead they received an eviction notice. The court date is this Thursday. Any help would be truly appreciated.” read more

Banks must give back to the people

You just know the Washington suits and Wall Street sharks are going to try to rip Obama into shreds for his effrontery. They’ll demand to know how the president could suggest that banks pay a fee to finance the restructuring of mortgages to lower interest rates, when just the restructuring alone is going to cost them money. Well, I understand that this interferes with these people’s notion that nothing should get in the way of their (apparently) G-d given right to endlessly make money on the backs of the 99%, but I’m awfully glad voices are emerging in America who stand up to these guys and tell them, “enough is enough.” read more