Michigan Foreclosure Task Force http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's home foreclosure rate continues to fall http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-home-foreclosure-rate-continues-fall <p></p><p>Michigan’s home foreclosure rate is tumbling. The rate of home foreclosure filings in Michigan is half of what it was six months ago.&nbsp;</p><p>June marked the 32nd consecutive month of “year-over-year” declines in the number of home foreclosure filings in Michigan.</p><p>Daren Blomquist is with RealtyTrac.&nbsp; He expects that trend will continue.</p><p>“We’ll see the declines continue at least through the end of this year,” says Blomquist, “But then I would expect in 2014 that’s probably when we’ll see the numbers flatten out.”</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 04:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13476 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's home foreclosure rate continues to fall In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-high-childhood-poverty-rate-home-foreclosure-changes-beach-quality-better <p><strong>Childhood poverty rate high in Michigan</strong></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count">Kids Count report</a> from the Michigan League for Public Policy and the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 31st nationwide for overall child well-being. Michigan League for Public Policy President Gilda Jacobs told Michigan Radio's Jake Neher that state lawmakers should restore Michigan’s tax credits for low-income families and ease restrictions on welfare cash assistance.</p><p><strong>Possible changes in home foreclosure rules</strong></p><p>Legislation in Lansing could change home foreclosure rules in Michigan. Currently, after a foreclosure, homeowners get six months after it gets sold at auction to regain the property. Under the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-michigan-s-home-foreclosure-laws-allow-unannounced-inspections">proposed changes</a>, a homeowner would lose that redemption period if the house is damaged. The idea is to stop homeowners going through foreclosure from damaging the home.<br><br>Neeta Delaney, director of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, told Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith she worries the provision would only make the foreclosure process more contentious.</p><p><strong>Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access</strong></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's annual <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/">beach quality report</a> says Michigan beachgoers lost 755 days of water access in 2012 because of pollution. The most common cause for beach closings was the presence of bacteria from human or animal feces. Altogether, 166 beaches were closed for a total of 755 days in 2012. That's down from 913 days&nbsp; in 2011.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:05:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13203 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: High childhood poverty rate, home foreclosure changes, beach quality better