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Personal Reflections on Forclosures in Pasquotank County

It can happen to anyone. She was my first teacher. She was the teacher who taught me that I could do anything if I set my mind on it and worked hard. She named colors, said the alphabet, and identified the seasons. She helped me learn right from wrong and showed me that education was the key to a bright future. She taught me that you could tie your shoelaces together, and fall on your face when you forget you tied your shoelaces together, and get back up and smile. Foreclosure can happen to anyone.


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Posted by William P. Norrell on Mon. August 17, 2015 3:34 PM
Categories: Student Research

Economic Development Impact of the Craft Brewing Explosion, part 2

As of 2013, Fuquay-Varina is the fastest growing town in North Carolina with a population of at least 5,000. Fuquay-Varina’s bond rating by Standard & Poor was upgraded to AAA in 2014, which is the highest rating available. With the assistance of a public-private entity called the Fuquay-Varina Economic Development Commission (FVEDC), both Aviator and Draft Line moved into and renovated historic buildings in historic downtown Varina (the town is split into two historic downtown districts, Fuquay and Varina).


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Posted by Maxwell L. Gregson on Mon. August 17, 2015 3:31 PM
Categories: Student Research

Economic Development Impact of the Craft Brewing Explosion, part 1

Although I have spent most of this summer identifying, defining, and describing places in North Carolina that are not faring well, there are a couple bright spots in our state that I want to highlight.


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Posted by Maxwell L. Gregson on Mon. August 17, 2015 3:26 PM
Categories: Student Research

Recidivism and Expunctions: Breaking the Cycle

For one of my assignments this summer, I wrote a brief memo on the economic value of expunctions. (An expunction is the removal or striking out of criminal records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charges.) While completing this assignment, I came across several discussions around recidivism and wanted to briefly share with you what I found to be shocking information.


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Posted by Kenneth E. Strickland (Ken) on Thu. August 6, 2015 2:36 PM
Categories: Student Research

Reflections on the foreclosure crisis, part one

Before I began working on the Foreclosure Project, my knowledge of the effects of the 2008 housing tragedies was, in hindsight, admittedly limited, peripheral, and perhaps even a bit unattached. It is decidedly difficult to piece together all of the bits of information from various sources about adjustable rate mortgages with payment caps, homeless statistics and ever fluctuating foreclosure rates, especially in passing as you prioritize and manage the more immediate aspects of your life.


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Posted by Racheal V. Hammond on Sun. March 1, 2015 11:34 PM
Categories: Student Research

Reflections on the foreclosure crisis, part two

Bits of unconnected, un-contextualized, and impersonal statistics framed my understanding of the mortgage crisis as I began working on the Foreclosure Project with the mindset that I would be documenting tragic occurrences of a time passed. As I settled in, however, I came across a report titles Underwater America (Haas Institute).


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Posted by Racheal V. Hammond on Sun. March 1, 2015 11:25 PM
Categories: Student Research

Reflections on the foreclosure crisis, part three

It is crucial to remember that these numbers are only a snapshot of a tragic foreclosure narrative. Notwithstanding these statistics, as upsetting as they may initially be, a still more dismal outlook on the impact of the Housing Crisis in Durham County is the effect foreclosures have had on local schools, family inheritances, and communities. Each foreclosure is likely of itself a personal tragedy. While some families are able to fully recover after foreclosure, others experience chronic homelessness.


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Posted by Racheal V. Hammond on Sun. March 1, 2015 11:22 PM
Categories: Student Research

Hungry Children - Unseen, unheard, but all around us.

PORCH (Chapel Hill) and TABLE are two local hunger-relief organizations that provide healthy food to local hungry children suffering from hunger throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Both organizations primarily get referrals though school social workers. PORCH and TABLE are actively involved in local hunger relief efforts through different programs.


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Posted by Xuan Li on Tue. November 25, 2014 12:06 PM
Categories: Student Research

From the Ground Up

When a family becomes homeless, their primary concerns revolve around survival - it's understandable if "play" gets lost in the hustle for food and shelter. But PLM Families Together - a Raleigh-area nonprofit that helps families transition back to stable housing - knew how important a playground would be to their families. Research Fellow Joe Polich and 3 recent law school grads volunteered to help build that playground last week. Read further for a quick summary of that experience.


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Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Mon. November 3, 2014 1:30 PM
Categories: Events

The Effect of Filing for Bankruptcy on Foreclosure

Over the past few months the Foreclosure Project team here at the Poverty Center has been collecting data on residential foreclosures that started during 2012 in Durham County, NC. Now as the summer season is drawing to a close, we wanted to analyze them to see if filing for bankruptcy affected the foreclosure process.


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Posted by Patrick T. VanderJeugdt on Mon. August 18, 2014 3:51 PM
Categories: Student Research
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