HUD Announces New Rule to Combat Housing Discrimination

(NNPA) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a new rule to assist the department’s grantees in meeting their anti-segregation and anti-discrimination mandates. Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, HUD and its program participants are not only barred from discrimination based on race, color,national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status, […]

Advocate Helps Californians Keep Homes

SACRAMENTO – Homeownership is a large part of the American Dream, but after being hit hard by an economic downturn, many in California saw their “home sweet home” experience turn sour. A local woman, however, is playing a key role in helping owners keep their keys. Tia Boatman Patterson serves as Executive Director of the […]

California court rules for city in affordable housing fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California cities have broad authority to require builders to include a percentage of affordable housing in new projects, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The decision keeps intact affordable housing requirements approved in more than 170 California cities, including San Francisco and communities in Silicon Valley, where skyrocketing housing prices have […]

Black Graduates Face a Tough Job Market

  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, […]

Study: Minorities in retail get paid less, promoted less

WASHINGTON (AP) — African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than their white counterparts in the retail industry, a new study showed Tuesday. The study, done by the NAACP and Demos, a public policy organization, found […]

More older Americans are being buried by housing debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They’re lining up gigs for their family jazz band. They enjoy performing. But it isn’t exactly how Al, an 86-year-old Korean War vet, or Saundra, 76, had expected to spend their retirement. […]

Blacks Least Likely to Get Business Loan from Banks

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black-owned businesses face tougher challenges than other groups when seeking bank loans, according to a new study by the Gallup polling company commissioned by Wells Fargo. Nearly half (47 percent) of Black-owned businesses operate in the South and the study found that 77 percent of Black business owners use personal cash to […]

Silicon Valley giants deploy staff to historically Black colleges

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m., and had an additional title: Google In Residence. “It was an awesome class,” […]

Rancho Cordova & Elk Grove Plan to Launch One-Day Permit Program dubbed Permit Simplicity

Sacramento – The cities of Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove will be the first agencies in California to launch a pilot program designed to streamline permitting process for tenant improvement projects to one day.  The program is based upon a successful working model from the City of Phoenix. Working with Region Builders, an association whose […]

Black Women Face Challenges in Building Wealth

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black women are the only group that has not recovered the jobs they lost in the recession. Five years into national recovery, the unemployment rate for Black women has even risen a little since December, from 8.2 percent to 9.2 percent. On the flip side, employment brings its own unique difficulties for […]