Economic Shock Can Threaten Vulnerable Residents

Economic shock is a bigger threat than you or residents you serve may realize. Economic shock, or a large and unexpected expense, impacts roughly 60 percent of American households each year – the obstacle could be medical bills, a car or home repair or a job loss – so is more prevalent than many people […]

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Service Line Failure Can Cause Economic Shock

Dr. Juneseok Lee, formerly an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at San Jose State University, researched water service line failure, finding a significant portion of housing stock is poised for service line failure. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, Lee used nearly ten years of national […]

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Foundation Assists Homeless Veterans Organization

Shane D’Onofrio made helping homeless veterans his life’s work. Shane had special empathy for struggling veterans, since he had served himself and suffered an injury that caused mobility issues. He went through his own struggles after his injury and separating from the military, so he understood many veterans didn’t need a handout, but a hand […]

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Economic Shock is Hidden Threat to One-Third of Americans

Economic shock, a large, unexpected expense such as a home system repair or sudden loss of income, is a hidden threat to your community. You may be surprised at how many of your neighbors are living paycheck to paycheck and how few have any savings set aside for an emergency. If one of your constituents […]

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Sewer Line Failure Causes Financial Shock

Andrew had a sewer line failure and water was spreading across his living room. Despite his best efforts, he was losing ground. “We had a shop-vac in there, trying to get the water up, and we couldn’t keep up,” he said. “We were filling a five-gallon [reservoir], a ten-gallon and a two and a half-gallon […]

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Aging Infrastructure Spending and Tight Budgets Require Creative Funding

It is no surprise to local leaders that federal and state aging infrastructure spending has been dropping for years. However, cities are still faced with the issue of funding maintenance and rehabilitation – and sometimes expansion – of important infrastructure. As our aging infrastructure reaches the end of its usable lifespan and the responsibility for […]

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Plumbing Poses a Problem for Wichita Homeowner

Tony R. of Wichita had grown up in his grandparents’ home on Waco Avenue. He returned to the home that had been in his family since 1942 when it came into his possession. An Old Home and a New Problem That was when he noticed the plumbing problems: low pressure and some parts of the […]

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Sewer Line Presents Problem to Homeowner

Melba B. had standing water in her yard. The Texarkana resident lived in the home her mother had built more than 50 years prior. The water in her yard caused it to be unsightly and have an unpleasant odor. Her neighbors were complaining, and Melba couldn’t enjoy her yard and had issues using the facilities. […]

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Millennials Buying Housing Face Difficulties Finding Affordable Homes

Christie Myers, Managing Director of Opportunity Dallas, addresses the affordable housing challenges of Millennials. Felicia’s story isn’t unique, but her determination, despite the hand she’s been dealt, is admirable. A Constellation of Rising Stars Seven years ago, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings started the Mayor’s Rising Star Council. We selected six sophomores from five Dallas High […]

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Home Repair Emergency Stories Shared by City Leaders

City leaders are often the first to hear from a resident when a utility line has failed. A home repair emergency can be expensive and inconvenient, and helping homeowners solve these problems can be difficult. For more than a decade, the NLC Service Line Warranty Program has been working in partnership with utilities and municipalities […]

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