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Wilson Sayre / WLRN

It would have been tough to beat June’s housing numbers, a month when Miami-Dade County set an all-time record for single-family home sales.

While South Florida as a whole saw a slight drop compared to June, July’s sales were still about 14-percent higher than July last year, according to a report from Florida Realtors.

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Outside the Calvary Bible Alliance Church, Jean Celin holds court. Dressed in a smart black suit, headset cradling his neck and cell phone in hand, Celin greets a steady stream of churchgoers while taking one phone call after another.

Celin is the assistant pastor at this Haitian church in Delray Beach. He’s been coming here for the past 30 years — almost as long as he’s been in the United States.

“Everybody likes him,” says Marc Horace, the senior pastor at Calvary. “He’s very helpful, he’s a very giving guy.”

The feeling is mutual.

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Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is in South Florida this week for the National Urban League Conference.

Castro spoke with WLRN about the latest decision by HUD to put pressure on cities that receive federal dollars to do more to provide fair housing. Below is an edited version of our conversation.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The city of Key West could buy the private Peary Court development for $55 million, if voters approve.

The city and the development's owners, White Street Partners, have an agreement on the price. But such a move would require approval of two referendums from voters, one to borrow the money and another to buy the property.

Miami Herald

Florida remains one of the states with the highest foreclosure rate, according to a new report from real estate firm RealtyTrac. The Sunshine State has four of the five metro areas with the highest foreclosure rates: Tampa, Lakeland, Jacksonville and Ocala.

But compared to last year, foreclosures are down and, according to Daren Blomquist, VP at RealtyTrac, a lot of the bad loans that led the nation into the housing crisis are cycling out of the system.

TECHO

In disaster relief circles, the report this month by NPR and ProPublica registered a good 8.0 on the Richter scale of wake-up calls.

Their investigation looked at what the American Red Cross had done with the half billion dollars it raised for Haiti after the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

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A new map created by the the University of Miami's Office of Civic and Community Engagement hopes not only to show where affordable housing is located but also some of the different demographic information that may be driving its placement.

HOPE Inc

A South Florida watchdog group is filing a complaint against the federal housing agency known as Fannie Mae. HOPE Inc. says Fannie Mae neglected foreclosed properties in predominantly black and Hispanic communities but kept up homes in white neighborhoods.

Wednesday, HOPE  and 18 other fair housing groups from across the country held a national press conference to call attention to Fannie Mae’s alleged racial discrimination in how it maintained foreclosed properties nationwide. Fannie Mae has denied the accusation.

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After plans were announced to raze the Liberty Square housing projects in Miami's Liberty City, residents and housing advocates were concerned about where the projects' inhabitants would move to as low-income housing in the city dwindles.

These Liberty City Tenants Are About To Lose Power

Feb 19, 2015
Lisann Ramos

A Liberty City apartment complex has been in the spotlight recently due to complaints from its tenants about the deplorable living conditions. Now the building is facing a power outage this Friday due to illegal and outdated power meters, which the landlord has not updated.

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