USDA program helps families build their own homes, and journalist Tony Ortega’s latest book on Scientology

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June is national homeownership month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the USDA Self-Help Housing Program, which helps families build their own homes through local partnerships. Over the years the program help build nearly 50,000 affordable homes for many low income and minority families in rural communities. Today we talk with Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Executive Director of Florida Home Partnership, one of the two affordable housing organizations that works with the program, which has already helped build over 600 self-help homes in Hillsborough and Pasco. Florida Home Partnership will be celebrating the 50,000th self-help home at the intersection of 6th Street Southeast and 14th Avenue Southeast in Ruskin, from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday morning. Those interested in attending can call (813) 672 7889 to RSVP.

Then investigative journalist [Tony Ortega]( joins us to talk about his new book This Unbreakable Miss Lovely about Paulette Cooper, a writer and critic of the Church of Scientology who became the target of intensive harassment from the Church in the late 1970s. The religious organization allegedly went so far as to frame her for making bomb threats and psychologically bullied her almost to the point of suicide.
Ortega himself and former Scientologist Mike Rinder were told by the Department of Justice that they have been the victims of a hacker they believe are associated with Scientology.They have called for the government to investigate the church’s involvement with the hacking.
Ortega and Paulette Cooper will appearing at the Clearwater Main Library in downtown Clearwater at 2 pm Sunday, close to the spiritual headquarters of the Scientology.