Housing http://nwpr.org en Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single Family Homes http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-mirrors-national-shift-away-single-family-homes <p>New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same. A <a href="http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/">new report issued Friday</a> shows that Oregon and Washington are following a national shift away from single family homes towards more apartment complexes.</p><p> Sat, 17 May 2014 00:16:52 +0000 Chris Lehman 46043 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single Family Homes Oregon Closing Down Two Federally-Funded Mortgage Assistance Programs http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-closing-down-two-federally-funded-mortgage-assistance-programs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/050713CL_foreclosures_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Oregon is shutting down two federal bailout programs this month meant to keep struggling homeowners from losing their house. The reason? Lack of interest.<p>One of the programs helps people who are now making payments but have racked up late fees and penalties from earlier in the loan. Turns out fewer than 200 people even qualified for it. Wed, 08 May 2013 00:40:51 +0000 Chris Lehman 27148 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Closing Down Two Federally-Funded Mortgage Assistance Programs Social Service Advocates Don't Want To Be Left Behind In Budget Debate http://nwpr.org/post/social-service-advocates-dont-want-be-left-behind-budget-debate <p>Oregon lawmakers will find out later this month how much money will be available to spend in the upcoming budget cycle. So right now, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the budget-writing process. Education, as usual, is in line for the biggest piece of the pie. But human service advocates say after years of budget turmoil, this year could be their chance to restore funding for Oregon’s social safety net. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports:</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:48:07 +0000 26925 at http://nwpr.org Social Service Advocates Don't Want To Be Left Behind In Budget Debate New Mediation Law Could Help Struggling Homeowners http://nwpr.org/post/new-mediation-law-could-help-struggling-homeowners <p>Oregonians facing foreclosure will soon have another tool to stay in their house. A law that takes effect Wednesday allows struggling homeowners the chance to look their lender in the eye. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:19:57 +0000 Chris Lehman 11417 at http://nwpr.org New Mediation Law Could Help Struggling Homeowners Nation's First AIDS Housing Turns 20 http://nwpr.org/post/nations-first-aids-housing-turns-20 <p>Bailey-Boushay House turns 20 this year. The residential care facility in Seattle&rsquo;s Madison Valley was the first of its kind in the country. It focused on the health care needs of people with AIDS. It was born out of a crisis. Over the years the patients&rsquo; medical needs have changed. The facility has evolved, too. Ruby de Luna traces the history of Bailey-Boushay. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:13:16 +0000 Ruby de Luna 10706 at http://nwpr.org