Stories about redlining and the inequities among home loan recipients from big banks have dominated housing coverage in recent years. But homeownership is just one part of the affordable housing conversation that needs coverage. Public housing authorities, federal disinvestment in public housing/the Section 8 program, county/city first time homeowner loan programs, evictions at housing courts, slumlord landlords, tenant protection ordinances, and localizing coverage of how Secretary Ben Carson's HUD is effecting communities is vital and this panel would show attendees how to do it. This session is for people interested in ramping up housing coverage as a side beat, their main beat or a one-time project including data they should be requesting from their local agencies right now for quick turn stories or to find trends. This includes what to ask housing courts, best data from public housing authorities and more. This session goes beyond the redlining projects to help journalists find data driven affordable housing stories no matter where they are.
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