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Residents to file federal complaint about deplorable public housing

Diana Stanton tells inspectors about the roach infestation at the Hacienda public housing complex.Lacy Atkins/San Francisco Chronicle RICHMOND, Calif. ­– Residents of Richmond’s worst public housing project are taking their concerns about deplorable living conditions to the federal government. An Oakland law firm is working with residents of Hacienda, a 150-unit high-rise that is home […]

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Public housing inspections ordered amid outcry over filthy conditions

Steve Muccular visits his family at the Hacienda public housing complex in Richmond, Calif. The building’s security guards don’t venture up to the sixth floor, he says, so he squatted in the laundry room for months.Lacy Atkins/San Francisco Chronicle RICHMOND, Calif. ­­– Richmond’s city manager has ordered inspections of 550 public housing units in the […]

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Homeowner fighting foreclosure wins trial loan modification

Ricardo Rodriguez (holding bullhorn) participates in a protest against Bank of America in early March, recounting his story of fighting foreclosure on the steps of a branch in the San Francisco’s Mission District.Amy Julia Harris/Center for Investigative Reporting Ricardo Rodriguez, a San Francisco resident who has been fighting to save his home from foreclosure, has […]

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Error claims cast doubt on Bank of America foreclosures in Bay Area

Joji Thomas was desperate to save his home. The San Francisco mechanical engineer sold his car, tapped into his wife’s savings and begged friends for money. In July, to stave off foreclosure, he bought a $27,777.85 cashier’s check and mailed it to Bank of America.  Joji Thomas (right) directs movers as he packs up his […]