• White House prepares massive infrastructure bill. President Biden’s proposal is expected to center on infrastructure spending, with hundreds of billions of dollars to repair the nation’s roads, bridges, waterways and rails. It also includes funding for retrofitting
  • What to do if you suspect housing discrimination. First, experts say, look for telltale signs: being put off when trying to view homes in neighborhoods where you’re a minority; being shown homes exclusively in neighborhoods where you’re in the
  • How to clean up your credit report. Consumer Reports and other consumer advocacy organizations, including Americans for Financial Reform, Consumer Action, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the National Consumer Law Center and USPIRG, have partnered to launch the Consumer Credit Checkup
  • Lender sued thousands of low-income Latinos during pandemic. This month the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began investigating Oportun’s debt collection practices, which include suing thousands of low-income borrowers in California during and prior to the pandemic. An investigation last summer
  • Tenant screening software faces national reckoning. Marco Antonio Fernandez, returned home after a yearlong Navy deployment in South Korea and searched for an apartment.  Fernandez, whose national security work had already earned him a top-secret clearance, had little to worry
  • Who gets the most help from the Biden stimulus bill?. Over half the money — 54 percent — in the bill goes toward households. In addition to the popular $1,400 checks, there is also funding for extra unemployment insurance through Labor Day, expanded tax credits, and various
  • Who will get the new stimulus checks, and who won't?. A third round of coronavirus aid checks should be coming soon. Millions of Americans reeling from the economic damage of the pandemic would get one-time direct payments of up to $1,400. The payments are part of
  • Nursing home deaths prompt federal, state legislation. Patient advocacy groups are praising two proposals by state and federal lawmakers aimed at improving infection-control protocols and financial transparency in nursing homes, struck by a crushing stretch of deaths since the start of the

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