A 2009 Pew Hispanic Center study shows that a third of undocumented immigrants own their own houses. Some bought their homes with cash, so-called mattress money saved up over the years. But for others, without that kind of savings, options for home mortgage financing are scarce. President Obama’s immigration overhaul is unlikely to change that. That means many immigrants resort to informal arrangements with risky consequences. Northwest Public Radio’s Rowan Moore Gerety reports from Yakima, Washington.
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Boarded up windows don’t just look bad, they also hurt the entire neighborhood and the pockets of homeowners. This is at the heart of a fair housing complaint against Wells Fargo for failing to maintain its foreclosed homes in black, Latino, and low-income neighborhoods. María Hinojosa speaks to Sarah Ludwig, founder and executive director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.
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Sarah Ludwig is the founder and executive director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. She has worked with several grass root organizations to advocate for community equity and financial justice. She has been an adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Urban Planning since 2003.