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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - NC: Housing/Homelessness

Sellers, S.C., Mayor Barbara Hopkins shows homes damaged by repeated flooding and hurricanes on Feb. 13, 2020. Homeowners without clear titles on their property have faced challenges receiving disaster aid and are ineligible for some programs. (Joshua Boucher jboucher@thestate.com)

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Print version by Sammy Fretwell Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for The Raleigh News & Observer - North Carolina News Service collaboration with the Pulitzer Center's nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;heigh

According to data from the Aspen institute, by the end of 2020 one quarter of rental households in North Carolina could be at risk of eviction. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a nationwide moratorium on evictions from now until the end of the year, but renters aren't automatically protected. Isaac Sturgill, managing attorney of the Housing Practice Group for Legal Aid of North Carolina, said

According to researchers at Duke University, more than 200,000 evictions have been filed in Durham County since 2000. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. -- The chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court has halted all eviction proceedings for 30 days, as many North Carolina residents face layoffs and lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On average, said Elizabeth Simpson, associate director of the group Emancipate N

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 is the federal law that bans discrimination in renting or selling housing. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting public comments on its proposal to change a rule related to fair housing. The change, which redefines a policy known as "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," would remove certain requirements put in place in 2015 t

FEMA has invested most of its Transitional Shelter and Assistance program dollars in New Hanover and Robeson counties. (FEMA)

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WILMINGTON, N. C. – FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program is still paying for hotel or motel rooms for some eligible survivors of Hurricane Florence - but that is soon coming to an end. The last day for assistance is Tues., March 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (

The STEP program provides quick, partial repairs to make homes livable and allow North Carolina hurricane survivors to leave temporary housing. But the deadline for aid is fast approaching. (ucsusa.org)

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is encouraging homeowners with damage from Hurricane Florence to return request forms for the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program by the deadline of February 1. The state program helps provide exterior repairs, wa

About 1.2 million households in North Carolina were affected by Hurricane Florence, according to the North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety. (nesdis.noaa.gov)

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – More than four months after Hurricane Florence, people in Eastern North Carolina are still awaiting FEMA recovery assistance. They can find local help at the Just Florence Recovery Survivors Summit tomorrow in Wilmington. The event is hosted by a coalition involved in on-t

Statewide, more than 99,000 FEMA applications were filed by people seeking help after September's record rainfall and flooding. In the meantime, many need assistance meeting basic needs. (Greater Hope International Church, Lumberton)

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — At year's end, relief efforts after Hurricane Florence are still underway by churches and civic groups, in a county full of memories of Hurricane Matthew two years ago. Robeson County was granted more than $11 million from FEMA to demolish, reconstruct and elevate homes dam

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