Vaccine rollouts offer dose of hope for Houston-area nursing homes hit hard by COVID-19

Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.

When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.

“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest

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Vaccine rollouts offer glimmer of hope for Houston-area nursing homes hit hard by COVID-19

Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.

When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.

“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest

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Finding the Right Mortgage Insurance Can Be Hard

The astronomical costs of buying a house are inescapable—so much so that many homeowners eschew making other significant financial commitments for the foreseeable future. But while it may be easy to get lost in the euphoria of being a first-time homeowner, there’s one more important purchase that could save the family from a lot of trouble down the line: life insurance.

Why Life Insurance Is a Must for Homeowners

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The average mortgage debt Americans retire with is above $77,000.
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When homeowners purchase a residence, most take out a mortgage with the intent and expectation of paying it off throughout their lifetime.

But what happens if your life is unexpectedly cut short? Unfortunately, debts do not disappear when the debtor dies. Instead, your estate or beneficiary has to bear them. If you share a mortgage with a partner, he or she will suddenly be stuck with the entire burden of

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Finding a Home Is so Hard Right Now That Buyers Are Scouring Obituaries and Divorce Notices

No homes for sale in your area? Then just pick out a property and call up the owner. You could also check obituaries, dive into local property records or head to social media for potential homes to buy. At least that’s what many real estate pros are doing.



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“Creativity is key in this type of market,” says Adrienne Allen, head of real estate at homebuying platform Homie. “Go all out and never underestimate the power of something simple like a greeting card.”

Allen says her personalized greeting cards have been a successful way of reaching homeowners and convincing them to sell in today’s inventory-strapped market, which has just a 3.6-month supply of properties as of September. It’s the third-lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking in 1963.

“With such little inventory, more and more people are looking to find homes that are not

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How Hard Is it to Rent a Home After You Lost Your Home to Foreclosure? | Home Guides

Losing a home to foreclosure certainly lowers your credit score. A credit score can drop 150 points or more during the foreclosure process. Additionally, the foreclosure can remain on your credit report for up to seven years from the date of the foreclosure filing. However, you could rent a home after you lose the home to foreclosure but before it hits your credit report. If the foreclosure is not showing on your credit report yet, then that will give you an advantage in renting a home. As you pay your bills on time each month, your credit score will increase over time, which will make it easier to rent a home.

Tenant Screening

A landlord is concerned with the stability and financial responsibility of tenants. Landlords screen to ensure that each tenant can pay the rent each month, will take care of the property, and most likely live peacefully with

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Canada should think hard before building partnership with India

Canada and India must forge a strong alliance, Opinion, Online, Oct. 14

Vijay Sappani argues that Canada and India must come closer because they are both democracies that share “values of freedom, justice, human rights, commitment to the rule of law, and a Westminster-style parliamentary system.”

Yet it’s puzzling that most of his article is devoted to fighting “terrorism” and to security partnerships, and there is no mention of the extremely parlous state of democracy in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu majoritarian Bharatiya Janata Party.

It has been over a year since the citizens of the state of Jammu and Kashmir were deprived of their freedom and constitutionally guaranteed autonomy, with the state divided into federally administered territories and mainstream politicians put under house arrest, along with army patrols, the arrest of hundreds under draconian anti-terror laws, a months-long shutdown of the Internet, and changes to

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