National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) promotes homeownership as best way to increase Black wealth during multi-city Realtist Week observance
Black real estate professionals are geared up to focus the nation’s attention on building Black wealth through homeownership. Realtist Week, April 23-29, 2017, established by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) in the early 1970s spotlights the important role Black homeownership plays in strengthening and stabilizing communities with a particular focus on the revitalization and desirability of the nation’s urban neighborhoods.
Throughout the country, NAREB’s local chapters are scheduling community events and activities that engage social, civic and business organizations, as well as the Black church community as part of NAREB’s focused effort to Build Black Wealth through Homeownership.
“NAREB has taken on the charge to encourage Black Americans to purchase homes as the first step toward building wealth. We have always aspired to be homeowners and live the American Dream. Now is the time for us to turn that aspiration into reality; for ourselves, our families and for our future generations,” said Ron Cooper, NAREB president.
Black homeownership has been on a steady decline since 2004 when it reached its peak of nearly 50%. Today, the Black homeownership rate hovers nationally, just below 42% compared to the non-Hispanic white homeownership rate of just above 72%.
“Our Realtist Week events in over 30 cities and more than 21 states demonstrates NAREB is at the forefront of Building Black Wealth Through Homeownership in the country,” stated Antoine M. Thompson, national executive director for NAREB. Realtist Week also serves as a showcase for NAREB’s new 2 Million New Black Homeowners in 5 Years program initiated to reverse the wealth drain among Black Americans.
Realtist Week activities heighten the community’s and policymakers’ awareness about the importance of affordable homeownership. Events started on Sunday with special church worship services and continue events at local schools, meetings with local officials, community service projects, and concluding on Saturday, April 29 with a Community Wealth Building Day where consumers can talk with financial education specialists; mortgage lenders; housing counselors; insurance experts, and representatives from local government to learn about first-time homebuyer and available down payment assistance programs.
Goodwin, a 57-year-old nursing care consultant for the state Department of Social and Health Services, works in an office where a majority of nurses are nearing retirement and in a field where a shortage of nurses will mean less comprehensive care for the agency’s low-income clients.
“The nursing force is aging,” Goodwin said. “We have trouble recruiting nurses because they can make more money in the private sector. They can earn overtime. … It’s just difficult to recruit nurses away from those higher paying jobs into what we do.”
To address the problem, the state has negotiated a targeted wage increase for its nurses. However, those pay increases for nurses and other state workers still require approval from the Legislature, which is working on a compromise on the 2017-19 budget.
Although the governor’s and the House Democrats’ budgets include all of the state worker wage increases negotiated last summer, the Senate Republicans’ budget funds only a few of the proposed increases and does not include the pay increase for many state nurses.
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) latest complaints report, student loan complaints by Washington students have surged 732 percent, 2nd largest increase among all states, from last year this time. The percentage increase is Washington state is more than double the national average of 325 percent.
Meanwhile this week, United States House of Representatives Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX) will hold a Wednesday hearing on his so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0. The bill leaves Washington consumers and our economy even more vulnerable to Wall Street’s recklessness than before the ’08 crisis by taking aim at all of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act’s protections caused by unfair bank practices abetted by regulatory failures.
In particular, the bill would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, even as its latest report shows a critical need for the bureau to protect Washington students.
Bruce Speight, WashPIRG Director, said, “After suffering through years of predatory lending tactics, Washington student loan borrowers finally have the CFPB in their corner. Now Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX) of the House Financial Services Committee is delivering a low blow by weakening the bureau’s power.”
While the surge in complaints among Washington students is likely driven by publicity around its January enforcement action against servicing giant Navient, nonetheless it is evidence that a lot of Washington students are running into problems with their loan servicers. According to TICAS’ 11th annual report on debt at graduation, Student Debt and the Class of 2015, 57 percent of Washington State students graduate with an average of $24,600 in student debt.
Forty-nine of 50 states saw complaint increases of 50 percent or more. Against a backdrop of $1 trillion in student loan debt in the country, the agency has prioritized enforcement action in student lending this year.
“In just under 6 years, the nascent CFPB has restored order to financial markets torn asunder by a decade of weak regulation that emboldened corporate wrongdoers and led to the 2008 collapse,” said Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director at U.S. PIRG. “This reckless piece of legislation makes the wrong choice for consumers and the economy while Wall Street and predatory lenders cheer.”
The CHOICE Act eviscerates consumer protections by:
- Reversing 150 years of federal policy, the bill eliminates independent funding for the CFPB by placing it under the politicized Congressional appropriations process, giving powerful special interests massive influence over regulation of our financial system and economy;
- Neuters the director by allowing he or she to be fired at will and moving the agency fully under the executive branch;
- Terminating the CFPB’s UDAAP (Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and Practices Authority) authority, limiting its ability to protect consumers and end dangerous practices;
- Eliminating the CFPB’s supervisory authority over all banks greater than $10 billion in assets and returning that authority to the bank regulators that infamously ignored warning signs of or even encouraged dangerous practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis;
- Eradicating the CFPB’s public consumer complaint database that forces wrongdoers to respond to consumer complaints;
- Making the CFPB’s key offices, of Older Americans, Financial Empowerment, Service Member Affairs and Students “optional,” so a future anti-consumer director could simply eliminate them. The Office of Students has led the bureau’s lawsuit against Navient, the massive student loan servicer, and has also protected student victims of numerous failed for-profit schools.
The Choice Act also eliminates numerous important safety-and-soundness and investor protections also enacted in the Dodd-Frank Act after the 2008 collapse. The committee is expected to vote on the bill as early as May 2nd and bring it to the floor in May as well, the group said.
“The idea of the CFPB needs no defense, only more defenders,” concluded Speight. “It is shocking that a bill that is the wrong choice for students, service members, veterans, and indeed all consumers and our economy is being seriously considered just 9 years after the second-worst financial collapse in our nation’s history.”
Gov. Jay Inslee will meet with state agency directors Wednesday to discuss efforts to increase the percentage of Washingtonians with a personal health care provider.
The meeting will include representatives from the state Health Care Authority, Department of Health and other agencies, as well as representatives from the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, Amerigroup Washington and the University of Washington. For more details, please see the agenda.
Increasing the number of Washingtonians who have a personal doctor or other health care provider is one of nearly 200 metrics being tracked by Inslee’s Results Washington initiative, launched in 2013. Inslee meets monthly with agency directors to review data, progress and improvement strategies.
Having a personal health care provider helps manage chronic conditions, increases the likelihood of getting appropriate health care services and preventive care, and helps decrease the likelihood of unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
Results Washington tracks progress in education, the economy, the environment, health, safety and government effectiveness. More than half those measures are on track to meet or beat targets.
TVW plans to live-stream the meeting at https://www.tvw.org/watch/?
Mr. Charlie’s World.
Promote Martin Luther King County and repair the Village.
I am at a point in my life where I will try anything to get our community re-organized. I have felt since I was 15 watching dogs bite kids my age on TV, that I was created to do one thing and that is no organize my race. Now at 66 I have over 50 years at this and I am still learning.
Nothing has changed over the years except a greater awareness of just how difficult this job is and a greater appreciation of our unique a racial group I am dealing with. We are a collection of dozens of Native American and African tribal nations all mixed up in us. We are the fastest the strongest and the most talented group of people in this nation and maybe the world.
But we lack a cohesive focus a plan and direction for us as individuals and as a group. But unlike our European Americans we don’t operate well as individuals. We are a tribal people whether you lean toward the Native American or African side of the spectrum, which means that we create our individual agenda after we create the tribal agenda. So when we don’t have a group or tribal agenda we flounder and do more to harm each than to help each other.
That is why I created a go fund me page to raise 15,000 to print the legend Martin Luther King County on Tee shirt Hats and cups. We are the only county named after any Black man and yet few outside of the county and many inside don’t even know it exist. 50% of the profits from the items we sell are intended to handle several items that many of you have mentioned to me over the years.
(1) Create a Black community Float for the Sea Fair Parade for the first time in 35 years.
(2) Finish up the martin Luther King Park with Bathroom and a Parking lot.
(3) Create a 5013c social service organization in King County to replace CAMP so I am suggesting (MLK-CAMP) which is Martin Luther King County Advocacy and Motivation Program.
I consider this a fairly modest agenda but it is one that we as a tribal people can come together on and get done. It starts with you going to the Go Fund me page and making a small donation to this cause. I will make sure I am transparent on the money collected or spent because I know how important that is to future effort similar to this. We have been burnt before.
Why do I think we can do all of this from selling tee shirt hats and cups? It is because we are selling them nationally and internationally. The name martin Luther King County will make most people pause for a second and many will buy at least one item if offered s a novelty item.
If we sell 1 item to 1 million of the 60 million Black people in America we will have enough money to do everything we are talking about and more. We intend to sell at every Black National convention and hopefully convince the food and wine industry to work with us to introduce Washington produce in our hospitality suites and introduce many of those people to African American employees. We will sell Martin Luther King County as a entry and exit point for the State of Washington.
Am I dreaming maybe..When we occupied Coleman school it was a dream but now we have a museum. When I proposed building the Martin Luther King Memorial Park it was a farfetched dream but we raised the money and built the second largest Memorial Park for Martin Luther King in the Nation in Martin Luther King County.
So I have learned that you just go on faith, trust the Village, lay out a plan and invite people to participate. Sometimes you are called a fool and sometimes a genius but no one has ever accused me of a refusal to take some action. I hope you join me in this campaign ,https://www.gofundme.com/martin-luther-king-county and you will see the beautiful designed created by legendary Seattle Graphic Artist Al Doggett. Or go to my face book page and take a look.
Let’s take care of business because the county loses its value if no one knows it exist. Let change that and rebuild our extended Village. The tribe is in pain.
In our community, children unfortunately end up in foster care when their parents are not able to care for them.
We rely on foster families to provide the love, support, and a stable home they need until they can safely return home or when they are adopted.
There is a critical need for Black families to become foster parents. In our State, around 9,000 children are in foster care. Of these children, 16% are Black but only 6.5% of foster families are Black. Research shows that kids do better when they maintain their cultural identity.
Anyone can be a foster parent – you just need an open heart and mind. You can:
- Be single or married, or have a partner
- Rent, live in an apartment/condo, or own your home
- Have an income that is at or above the rate set to qualify for state benefits. For a family of two, this is $20,472.
Have questions? Join Amara, NAAM, and others in the community in a conversation about how we can address the needs of Black children in foster care. The event is on Saturday, May 6th, from 10am-noon at NAAM.
Or if you have space in your home and life for a child in foster care, please contact Amara for more information (206-260-1700, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Property owners in King County have until Monday, May 1 to pay the first half of their 2017 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.
To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for taxpayers to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently. Tax payments can be made:
Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account.
By mail if postmarked no later than May 1, 2017. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/CSC.
In person at Treasury Operations, sixth floor of the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday, April 28, and Monday, May 1, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.
The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax
For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, visitwww.kingcounty.gov/propertytax
In a city that prides itself on farm to table and organic fresh ALL OF THE THINGS, we knew we needed a festival/fair/fun thing that was completely dedicated to plant-based living. At Veg OUT we ate some of the latest & greatest veg foods from some of the best proprietors and chefs in Seattle and beyond. Veg OUT donated ticket sales to Whole Kids Foundation, who support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.
Veg Out Seattle was designed to cultivate and celebrate the community of plant-based people and food lovers as a whole to incredible vendors, proprietors and chefs in the PNW. This wasn’t your average food event but a healthy social gathering of chef demonstrations, food samples, cooking competitions and varied entertainment, all set up to have a market vibe.
At Veg OUT we experienced a boast plant-based food and beverages that blow our mind and surprise our non-vegan guests. The Veg Wing from No Bones Beach Club was amazing, fooled the non-vegan completely.
Next Year Event will be bigger and more vendors from theVeg community. Be ready to eat your face off. The 21+ event is created and curated by Shindig Events and No Bones Beach Club in Seattle, WA.