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Habitat, other housing non-profits gain freedom from mortgage origination rules

A state law signed in late May relieves Mississippi’s Habitat for Humanity chapters of requirements that each chapter have a person certified to originate mortgages. That provision of the state’s version of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act, or SAFE, mandated that any organization or individual originating more than five mortgages a year obtain certification, a process ...

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Trey Jones helping to carry on tradition created by Jimmy Carter

Paul “Trey” Jones is the executive director of the Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, a position he has held since June 2011. His past nonprofit work includes a stint as president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. He’s also a past board member of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the former executive director of the ...

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Catch-22: getting on welfare easier than getting off

Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out of the Section 8 Payton Garden housing ...

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‘The Tunica Miracle’

The memories of Sugar Ditch Alley and the nation’s highest rate of poverty made infamous by a 1960s network television documentary have all but faded in Tunica County. An impoverished neighborhood in the Town of Tunica, Sugar Ditch Alley was so named for the open sewer located there. With the advent of the gaming industry nearly two decades ago and ...

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Census: Income gap reaches all-time high

WASHINGTON — The income gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew last year to its widest amount on record as young adults and children in particular struggled to stay afloat in the recession. The top-earning 20 percent of Americans — those making more than $100,000 each year — received 49.4 percent of all income generated in the U.S., compared ...

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Tyson makes generous donation to Food Network

JACKSON — Tyson Foods has delivered more than 23,000 pounds of food to Mississippi Food Network, a member of Feeding America. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has been a leader in the fight against hunger. The company is actively engaged in food-donation events and fund-raising activities year-round to benefit those in need. This most recent donation given by Tyson brings the ...

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Census: One in seven Americans living in poverty

WASHINGTON — The ranks of the working-age poor in the United States climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said yesterday in its annual report ...

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Report: Families struggling to meet basic needs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Nearly a third of Mississippi households aren’t earning enough to pay for their own basic needs such as housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and state and federal taxes, according to a recent report. The report calculates how much money families need to pay their own daily expenses without public or private assistance. The figure varies ...

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