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Take your housing stories beyond real estate coverage with tips on how to find bad landlords and rental conditions, public housing failures and housing discrimination.
Grotto explores the potential for CAR stories in the midst of the current housing crisis. Suggests looking at the redevelopment of public and low income housing. He talks about the new strategy of mixed-income developments in Chicago. Grotto details where to go for housing data. Grotto lists key documents when doing housing stories: master ground lease; restrictive covenants; leasehold mortgages; quick claim deeds; regulatory and operating agreements.
Rogal urges reporters not to believe the hype about public housing redevelopment in America's cities. For those who are willing to look beneath the surface, he provides several sources: Web sites, books about public housing; and experts from around the country (including their phone numbers). He also provides a thumbnail sketch on the issue of public housing redevelopment that may help reporters looking for some direction.
This packet includes information on how to cover corruption in America's public housing projects. Rodrique's handout focuses on discrimination in HUD projects in East rural Texas while Haner offers sample articles from the Baltimore Sun focusing on the poor state of housing in Baltimore. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or email@example.com.