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>Renting Becomes the Last Option

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No homes. No jobs. Not even beds at shelters. Here’s how families are fighting to stay together.

Advocates are seeking a paradigm shift in the country’s housing policy—moving past the rhetoric of the “ownership society” and recognizing the critical role of affordable rental housing.

Last fall, Yolanda James and her three children were lost in their own city. After foreclosure had forced them from their South Los Angeles apartment, they ran into closed doors at every turn. Aid agencies offered referrals to other offices, but no relief, and neither the shelter system nor the city’s high-priced housing market had room for them.

James burned through her welfare money to pay for motel rooms and later resorted to sleeping with her children in their car.“I was, like, two or three different people at one time,” she recalled. “I had to get on the grind, to hustle, to make sure my kids—when they get out of school, I could feed them, or I could take them somewhere to shower and bathe for the next day.” Read entire article from ColorLines

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>Housing Scam and What To Do To Avoid Scams

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Housing Scam Uses Craigslist As Tool

Renters Offered Great Deals On Renting Homes

A scam in Central Florida involving a popular Web site attempts to prey on individuals who are looking for affordable housing. Scam artists are using Craigslist.org to place ads for homes to rent using the same name as the actual renter but a different e-mail address. The ad promises quality homes at an inexpensive price, but the person posting the ad does not own the home, which may be occupied by legitimate renters.                                                      _______________

Personal Safety Tips       craigslist help forum

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:

  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on craigslist.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov)
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov)
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that an item posted for sale on craigslist may be part of a scam, please email the details to “abuse@craigslist.org”. Be sure to include the URL (or eight-digit post ID number) in your message.
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