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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

Reflections on Foreclosure in Durham

Over the last several weeks, I’ve transitioned from researching North Carolina’s suffering textile industry to an equally distressing topic — Durham County’s foreclosure statistics. I have focused on 2011 and 2012 foreclosure stats, and though we have heard repeatedly over the last few years how our nation’s housing has suffered, it never hit me as much as reading through individual files.


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Posted by John T. Gibson on Fri. August 8, 2014 1:32 PM
Categories: Student Research

Poverty News Roundup - July 28

Caroline Barrineau keeps us updated on all the poverty-related news over the last week. This week's roundup includes an Unemployment Insurance update, child-care subsidy cuts, NC's ranking in child well being, and a timely update on school supplies.


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Posted by Caroline B. Barrineau on Tue. July 29, 2014 1:53 PM
Categories: Poverty News Roundup

Impressions of the Food Bank at Crisis Assistance Ministries

John Gibson, a research assistant at the Poverty Center, describes what left the greatest impression on him during our recent trip to Crisis Assistance Ministries in Charlotte, NC.


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Posted by John T. Gibson on Wed. July 9, 2014 4:12 PM
Categories: Community Focus: Charlotte

A Slide with No Ladder - Opportunity in Charlotte

Rory Fleming, a Research Assistant with the Poverty Center, reflects on our most recent visit to Charlotte. The subject matter of Rory's piece includes a Harvard study that placed Charlotete 50th out of 50 cities studied in terms of economic mobility, but the writing features a chance encounter with a dilapidated playground - featuring a slide without a ladder - that struck him in a profound way.


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Posted by Rory J. Fleming on Wed. July 9, 2014 3:05 PM
Categories: Community Focus: Charlotte, Student Research
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