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PNS Daily Newscast - March 3, 2021 


New bilingual outreach for LGBTQ+ community hard-hit by the pandemic; Texas Gov. Abbott declares an end to the Lone Star State's mask mandate.


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President Biden meets with Mexican President Lopez Obrador; DHS Secretary Mayorkas says separated immigrant families may be able to stay in U.S.; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces legislation for a wealth tax.

Public News Service - ND: Housing/Homelessness

In 2012, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program was added in North Dakota. While a key focus is helping Veterans find stable housing, a new service helps them navigate health care. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. - A North Dakota group is now working to help low-income military Veterans find their way through the complex maze of health coverage. Health-care navigators say signing up for insurance or finding the right doctor can be intimidating for a lot of folks. But it can add even more anxiet

According to a new national report, one-third of Americans face the likelihood of having to leave their current home as a result of economic fallout from the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. - A new report confirms that vulnerable families in North Dakota are experiencing more struggles as the pandemic drags on. Households with children say housing payments and health coverage are becoming increasingly out of reach. This week's report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation look

A new report says 43% of low-income residents in North Dakota cite

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FARGO, N.D. -- People losing their house or becoming evicted remains a big concern during the pandemic. But even before the crisis, the cost of staying in a home was emerging as the most pressing need among low-income North Dakotans. That's detailed in a new report from a non-profit, the Community

Since a national eviction moratorium took effect in September, a legal-assistance group in North Dakota says it has received nearly a dozen requests to help in landlord-tenant disputes. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- It's been a month since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted an eviction moratorium under orders from President Donald Trump. But a North Dakota assistance group says there are cases where landlords still might try to evict someone facing a hardship. The morator

Demands are growing to extend more eviction protections for households affected by the economic crisis, as temporary eviction moratoriums have expired at the federal level and in a number of states. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Concerns are growing about a potential wave of evictions in the pandemic and economic crisis. Legal Services of North Dakota said it hasn't yet seen a spike in demand for assistance in stopping evictions, but another housing-related problem could emerge. With the eviction morato

More North Dakotans face homelessness, with this summer's unemployment rate almost triple what it was at the same time last year. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in North Dakota, social service support groups are asking the U.S. Senate to act quickly before its August recess and approve more emergency assistance. Many North Dakotans are on the brink of hunger and homelessness because of COVID-19-related

As opposed to a temporary eviction ban, Gov. Doug Burgum has said more targeted actions, such as emergency relief program, are better ways to help people struggling with their rent during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

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MINOT, N.D. -- North Dakota's refusal to issue a moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has angered several groups. But one organization says the state needs more long-term solutions to protect renters, while urging people to take swift action if they can't pay housing costs. Ho

Some states, including Minnesota, already have enacted temporary suspensions of evictions and foreclosures during the pandemic. Groups now are asking North Dakota's governor to follow suit. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- Rent and mortgage payments are due for many North Dakotans this week, and for those who've lost jobs as a result of the pandemic, those payments will be hard to make. A coalition is urging Gov. Doug Burgum to step in. A wide range of groups, including the North Dakota AFL-CIO, is ask

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