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Something peculiar is happening to our nation's food assistance program. As bad times hit and more people need assistance, SNAP caseloads should go up. And as the economy strengthens, the number of SNAP recipients should decline - at least in theory.
The more I review the United States Census Bureau’s recent report on income and poverty, the more troubled I become. The numbers describing the economic status of Americans are almost all bad. They are especially bad given that we are five years from the end of the recession.
The Wealth Building Home Loan (WBHL), a new approach to home finance, was unveiled at the American Mortgage Conference on September 8.
We invite you to join us for this year’s international conference on housing risk — cosponsored by the Collateral Risk Network and AEI International Center on Housing Risk — which will focus on new mortgage and collateral risk measures and their applications.
The Wealth Building Home Loan, a new approach to home finance, received rave reviews by several leaders of national stature, including the "godfather" of mortgage finance, Lewis Ranieri, at the American Mortgage Conference held September 8-10.
We need to ensure that the actions that we take in creating job opportunities end in positive results and provide paths to consistent, long-term employment. While subsidized jobs programs may produce those results for some individuals in some job sectors, they are not the panacea for Americans seeking full time employment.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) alleviates material hardshipm, reduces poverty, helps the elderly and disabled, and provides needed food to children in low income families. Despite these positive aspects, some efforts to promote the use of SNAP in the post-recession period have reduced the work support aspect of the program.