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John Stennes / Forum News Service Mark and Tanya Vega and their six children, clockwise from top center, Tyler, Justice, Carlos, Kayden, Julian and Ethan.

Bad credit, choices serve as barrier to housing


GRAND FORKS — They crash at friends’ places, stay with relatives or can sometimes afford a motel room.

There’s a roof over their heads and they’re not on the streets in the public eye, but these people are homeless — a group that sometimes seems to


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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald and reports on a variety of topics. Other positions she has held at the Herald include city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet. You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog
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