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Jeremiah’s Soft 2nd Mortgages to Help 1,000 New Homeowners

Four years ago, the Jeremiah Group created, fought for, and won approval for a proposal to set aside $75 million for home ownership in Louisiana (with $52 Million for New Orleans).

The Times Picayune reports that "the $52.3 million 'soft-second mortgage' program has endured many starts and stops over the years. The program was approved nearly four years ago by the state and former Mayor Ray Nagin, but it never got off the ground.

The faith-based Jeremiah Group, however, continued to fight City Hall for the money until it finally became a reality."

[Map Credit: Times-Picayune]

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One LA / IESC Halts Proposal for Waste Transfer Station

"We believe healthy communities require willing institutions to engage with each other in the public square for the common good..."

-- IESC Statement

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OTOC Wins Rental Housing Reforms in Omaha

"An alliance of Omaha churches and community groups celebrated Tuesday after the City Council unanimously approved measures to increase fees for city building permits and inspections...About 30 members of the group Omaha Together One Community filled ...council chambers as seven of its members testified in favor of the amendments..."We know that many owners respond by fixing the problem. Our concern is with those who do not," said OTOC member Susan Kuhlmann of Omaha."

Since 2003, city fees had stagnated at $41 per re-inspection, a fee so low that 4,000 cases with unpaid fees remain open. The change would increase the fees to $125 per re-inspection over the next three years, high enough for an unpaid fee to appear on a landlord's credit report.

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WTOS Helps Launch Innovative Software Training Project for Low-Income Youth

New Computers, New Mindset, San Angelo Standard Times

VIP Leaders Pin Phoenix Mayoral Candidates

AMOS Fights for Quality Healthcare & Celebrates Victories

"'Iowa's revamped mental health care system must include more state workers so that care is easier to access and is funded properly,' an advocate said Sunday..."

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Bay Area IAF ‘Reclaims Citizenship’ with 400 Leaders

In a large scale effort to help California IAF leaders address the state's economy and challenges facing state and local officials, over 400 Bay Area IAF leaders convened in an October conference, joined by economists, thinkers, demographers, and other state power players. Leaders told stories illustrating how the downturn has hurt families and communities, reflected on their faith traditions and strategized around local opportunities. The conference helped energize regional strategies around immigration and identify training opportunities on housing and education.

AMOS Launches Project IOWA

"I'm excited. I'm very excited, about the whole thing," says the customer service rep. "I want a career, not just a job."

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TMO & Bishops Advance Immigration Efforts

"The prayer service, sponsored by The Metropolitan Organization part of the Houston Area Interfaith Campaign for Humane Immigration Reform, which has reach thousands of Houstonians with its trainings in over the past two years....The service was followed by a series of workshops on human trafficking, work and wages, and pending federal legislation and policy."

[Photo Credit: Johnny Hanson/ Houston Chronicle]

Houston Clergy, Politicians Gather for Immigration Prayer Service, Houston Chronicle

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VIDA Awarded $1.4 Million for Workforce Development in Rio Grande Valley

"VIDA's career pathways model is comprehensive and ambitious, beginning with our College Prep Academy." -- Myra Garcia, Executive Director of VIDA

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