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Affordable Housing

Nonprofits, businesses, volunteers work together for affordable housing in Porter County

Nonprofits, businesses, volunteers work together for affordable housing in Porter County

What forms the foundation of a strong community? It is neighbors who care to lend a hand to those in need. It is citizens eager to share their ideas and learn from others. It is individuals who are willing to invest in something bigger than themselves. It is dreamers who can imagine an even …

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Local housing officials cry foul over lack of state tax credits

Three affordable housing projects in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond missed the mark by a few points to receive tax credits, and local housing officials believe they're being ignored by state officials.

April 13, 2014 6:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Denounce racism, apologize to Becerra

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said last week the city will save "millions of dollars" because he agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by ousted Hammond Housing Authority Director Maria Becerra.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
Obama administration taps Gary for Strong Cities initiative

Obama administration taps Gary for Strong Cities initiative

Gary soon will get an unprecedented level of support from the federal government, which will work out of City Hall to strengthen the city's economy and lift up its residents.

January 16, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: It can pay to be dumb on 'smart' growth

GUEST COMMENTARY: It can pay to be dumb on 'smart' growth

You might not have heard this good news about the Indiana economy: The state has avoided as a whole the mistakes that result in local housing bubbles. And this, among other reasons, is why Indiana remains a relatively good place to live.

October 29, 2013 12:48 pm

Gary unveils Dollar Home Program

GARY | In unveiling the city’s updated Dollar Home Program on Monday, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson recalled buying a $1 home 25 years ago through Gary’s original HUD-sponsored housing conservation program.

June 03, 2013 5:45 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Increase access to clean, safe, affordable housing

GUEST COMMENTARY: Increase access to clean, safe, affordable housing

About 800,000 people call Northwest Indiana their home, and I am glad to be among them. We live in an important region comprised of industrious people who contribute to the success and prosperity of our state and nation.

February 24, 2013 12:00 am
Chesterton grows smart, keeps charm

Chesterton grows smart, keeps charm

When I tell people Chesterton has an economic development philosophy of smart growth, they ask me what smart growth means. Smart growth means we don’t rush into building the town or bringing in a development without really looking it over.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Feds seek hike in Ill. mortgage guarantee fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants to adjust fees homeowners in Illinois and four other states pay to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to guarantee their single-family home mortgages.

September 20, 2012 8:15 pm
YOUNG VOICES: Grassroots activism works in South Bend

YOUNG VOICES: Grassroots activism works in South Bend

If you're like me, you thought the Occupy Wall Street movement had about as much chance of achieving any sort of success as the Rick Santorum campaign. Arguing that 1 percent of America is wholly responsible for the recession is a narrow and simplistic explanation for a large and complex pro…

April 09, 2012 12:00 am

Gary Housing Authority receives grant for veterans

GARY | Fifteen local veterans now will have a chance to find a home of their own thanks to a grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program.

March 27, 2012 6:00 pm

Community group continuing free housing services

The Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance is making free counseling and educational services available to residents needing assistance with housing issues through the end of the month.

November 12, 2011 12:00 am
Suburbs have fast-growing poor population

Suburbs have fast-growing poor population

Landscaped yards are being cluttered with for sale signs as homeowners face tough economic times in the suburbs.

November 06, 2011 12:00 am
Suburbs have fast-growing poor population

Suburbs have fast-growing poor population

The white picket fences and minivans that once characterized many suburbs have slowly been replaced by boarded up windows and public transit buses.

November 06, 2011 12:00 am
One bright spot of the housing market: homes have never been more affordable

One bright spot of the housing market: homes have never been more affordable

In the first quarter of 2011, national housing affordability hit its highest ever level, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, which has tracked home prices for more than 20 years.

June 18, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Has the Neighborhood Stabilization Program failed already?

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Has the Neighborhood Stabilization Program failed already?

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced an innovative program called the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. It was established to stabilize communities suffering from foreclosures, homelessness and blight.

February 27, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Give councilman a chance, not a pass

MARK KIESLING: Give councilman a chance, not a pass

It's time for the Winfield Town Council to abide by the spirit of the law, not the letter.

February 23, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: NWI must improve access to affordable housing

Nothing measures the quality of life in Northwest Indiana better than the availability of good, affordable housing, along with the financial literacy that makes home ownership possible.

February 20, 2011 12:00 am

HUD awards $73 million to housing counseling groups

Housing counseling agencies in Crown Point, Hammond and Valparaiso are among more than 500 groups around the country slated to share about $72.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

December 23, 2010 12:00 pm

Advocates hopeful for plan to turn around Chicago neighborhoods

CHICAGO | The City Council will decide Nov. 15 whether to set aside 20 percent of the money from tax increment financing districts to rebuild neighborhoods devastated by the foreclosure crisis.

November 07, 2010 12:00 am
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