Counting in a Crisis

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Economic woes put North Carolina counties in danger of undercount in 2010 Census

Study ranks 100 N.C. counties by risk level of losing millions of dollars in federal funds due to job losses, housing crisis

As the nation prepares for Census Day on April 1, a new report [pdf] finds that areas of North Carolina are at high risk of not being fully counted in the 2010 Census due to the economic recession and housing crisis that have hammered parts of the state.

The study by the non-profit Institute for Southern Studies measures how North Carolina counties have been affected by job losses, business layoffs and home foreclosures -- economic troubles that officials say make it difficult to get an accurate Census count.

Using these economic warning signs combined with other indicators, the report ranks all 100 N.C. counties by their risk of being undercounted in the 2010 Census. An undercount could cause counties to lose millions of federal dollars tied to Census data.

"This is the first study to show how the 'Great Recession' and housing crisis have put parts of North Carolina at risk of not getting a full Census count in 2010," said Chris Kromm, author of the report. "It should be a wake-up call to officials and civic leaders to redouble their outreach efforts, especially in hard-hit parts of the state."

You can read the full report here [pdf]. Among the findings of the report, "Counting in a Crisis":

A FULL CENSUS COUNT IS CRITICAL: Over $400 billion in federal funds each year are distributed to states based on Census data. In 2008, North Carolina received $11.7 billion in funding tied to the Census. The state stands to lose $987 in Medicaid funding alone for each person who's not counted in 2010.

JOB LOSSES PUT COUNTIES AT RISK: 28 counties have jobless rates of 13 percent or higher, and in 20 counties the rate has increased three percentage points or more in the last year. Mass layoffs have devastated counties like Rowan and Scotland, where nearly 10 percent of the workforce has been hit by permanent job cuts.

THE HOUSING CRISIS POSES A BIG CHALLENGE: Home foreclosures make it hard for Census forms and outreach staff to reach residents. Since 2005, 37 N.C. counties have seen 10 percent or more of residents' homes go into foreclosure. In 10 counties, the foreclosure rate has shot up 90 percent or more over the last year.

The report also shows why Census officials, state leaders and civic groups need to consider recent changes in the economy if they want to boost Census participation.

Many Census outreach efforts in 2010 have targeted areas that had large "Hard-to-Count" populations in the 2000 Census. But using data from 2000 may miss areas hard-hit by the recession and housing crisis, which started in 2007. For example, the Census Bureau's list of 25 N.C. counties with the largest "Hard-to-Count" populations doesn't include 15 counties that have lost the most jobs and homes since 2005.

"In the coming months, an accurate Census count will depend on groups reaching out to the new 'Hard-to-Count' populations created by the big changes in North Carolina's economy," said Kromm. "If hard-hit counties lose federal funding because of job layoffs and vacant homes, it will only make a bad situation even worse."

For a sortable online table ranking all 100 North Carolina counties by 10 Census risk factors, visit here.

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Some Home Foreclosures are Actually Disguised Real Estate Extortions

Some people think that those who fall delinquent on their mortgage debts deserve whatever happens to them. Deadbeats, is what they call us, even when becoming delinquent on a debt was an unavoidable occurrence. Some of us (like me) did not know that marriage failure would bankrupt us; or there would be medical bills; or job layoffs -but yes, some folks lived beyond their means. All the same, this narrative is about what collection on a loan via fraud and deception can do to a person, (too few people know about dark sides of real estate lending and borrowing).

My story is not a sour grapes foreclosure story; I am not so much calling attention to loss of a home, but rather, to nearly irreparable wrongs that occurred in connection with real estate extortion. My true verifiable story is about how -like an overrun creature lying in the street, my brutal adversaries maimed and left me there! And while I wince in pain, I anguish also for others who have been wronged by brutes. I do not have any other choice except to raise my pen and voice until vindication arrives; and authorities stop the wrongdoers from continuing their harms. Moreover, my situation has little to do with whether I have forgiven them, but it is about my lack of freedom and impediments to my ability to pursue happiness and employment to jobs of my choice, and for which I qualify.

For 4 years, I fought through the court systems to prevent the fraudulent taking of my home. In so doing, I was repeatedly ravished by merciless litigators. They caused me lost jobs and blacklisting. I was always vilified and made to seem like a crazy outcast. I was persecuted and castigated by judges; I spent lots of ill-affordable money in legal costs; my privacy was shockingly, repeatedly invaded; I was falsely arrested; at one occasion, I was so tormented, I went to the bathroom on myself; and my freedom yet remains in jeopardy. Also, there's an amazing plethora of distorted humiliating documents and statements about me in federal court records. Such pleadings, records, and documents would never have been if it I were not opposing that foreclosure fraud, as court systems are the only means of opposing an unlawful foreclosure. (And yes, I knew, like most African-Americans know, that seldom do 'our kind' prevail in New Orleans federal courts -unless a controversy is well-known to the public, and skewed decisions would be too obvious.) To put things bluntly, the merciless suffering to which I have been / and am being subjected to is because: (a) I would not cooperate with unlawfully losing my home; and (b) the n_____r b____, as I was called, needs to know her place. In gist, this is what happened:

Foreclosure mill attorney, Adcock, deliberately filed a foreclosure in the name of an entity which (GE Capital Mortgage Services, Inc) did not have standing for my New Orleans mortgage loan. Although I did not know why Adcock committed that fraud and other frauds, I recognized that my home was being taken through illegal means. I filed judicial challenges, in which I asserted and proved the foreclosure was impossible due to the foreclosure plaintiff's non-existence. (I might not have been inclined to fight so hard for my home if it were not for the deceptive method in which I could lose it.) The frauds were the red flags that led me to search and find out there was no "perfected lien" on my home; and that a novated loan document was not lawfully enforceable.
Even up to this date, . . .” *Read entire article @ http://newsblaze.com/story/20100411123047lawg.nb/topstory.html

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