Facing the Mortgage Crisis
Meet four sets of homeowners living right here in the Bay Area that have experienced what it's like to go through a foreclosure. They could be your best friend, or co-worker, a family member, or your neighbor. None of them expected to lose their homes. With so many homeowners falling into foreclosure because of lost jobs or reduced hours, we'll also introduce you to an organization around the state that can help the unemployed find work. Last but not least, we tackle the topic of foreclosure scams and teach you the warning signs to look out for so you don't fall victim yourself. Also: The number of foreclosures in Florida has quadrupled since 2006. In Bradenton and Sarasota alone, foreclosures rose 600 percent between 2006 and 2008. This week on Florida Matters, we're examining the impact of foreclosure on our community. We'll answer listener-submitted questions about mortgage problems and connect you with resources to help if you're facing the prospect of losing your home.
New USF Residence Hall and Ataxia Research
Ataxia is a group of debilitating neurological diseases that affects 150-thousand Americans, causing serious problems with movement, balance, speech and vision. This week's University Beat looks at the revolutionary treatment research being done at USF and tells you how you can help in the effort by taking part in a series of events, including a symposium and a fund-raising dinner, later this month. Also: With the start of the school year just around the corner, the University of South Florida is opening the doors on its newest and largest residence hall. This week's University Beat takes you inside the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall and shows you how it fits into USF officials' plan to help new students graduate within four years.
Earlier this year, state education officials found they needed $62 million more to cover free and reduced lunches for low-income children. Meanwhile, more families have become eligible for food stamps and food banks say they need more donations to meet greater demand. We're looking at the impact of the recession on food this week as we continue our Florida Matters series on the economy.