Houston Still Has Unspent Relief Funds from Hurricane Ike

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Houston Still Has Unspent Relief Funds from Hurricane Ike The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Affordable Housing floods Houston Houston Housing Authority HUD Hurricane Relief Natural Disasters 2018-04-03 David Wharton Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Share Save Tagged with: Affordable Housing floods Houston Houston Housing Authority HUD Hurricane Relief Natural Disasters Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Previous: Single-Family Rentals on the Rise Next: The Policy Makers Houston has recovered remarkably well from last year’s hurricane season. After an initial spike in delinquencies in the months following the storm, the Texas Association of Realtors recently reported that home sales volume and home prices in the Lone Star State reached all-time highs for the third year in a row last year. However, it turns out that Houston still has more funds to spend—and we don’t mean the ones from Hurricane Harvey.Governing.com reports that the city of Houston still has unspent funds allotted for the Ike recovery by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the years after Hurricane Ike, the city of Houston received more than $200 million from HUD. A total of $45 million went to the Houston Housing Authority. Of that total, Governing.com reports that the agency has to date spent only $12 million, using those funds to build a total of 154 affordable housing units.What’s behind the delay? As Gunsolley told Governing.com, “Our plans got caught up in this national shifting of priorities.”As the government funds were being doled out, the Houston Housing Authority wound up caught between affordable housing advocates urging stronger enforcement of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and community and political opposition from wealthier areas of the city who didn’t want subsidized housing in their area. According to Governing.com’s report, the HHA eventually tried to buy an existing apartment complex in order to convert 300 of the units into affordable housing. That final attempt was soon interrupted…by last year’s Hurricane Harvey.The case of the HHA and the Ike funds spotlights the complications of distributing and disbursing the millions or billions of federal relief dollars that flow into communities like Houston after a devastating natural disaster hits. Not only are there flood-damaged or destroyed homes in need of assistance to rebuild, but housing advocates argue that the funds should also be used to help disrupt historical patterns of segregation and inequality when it comes to where new affordable housing is built. In fact, a 2010 settlement between Houston and advocacy groups such as Texas Appleseed dictates that the city use some of the Ike funds for “affirmatively furthering fair housing.” On top of all of those competing priorities, there is also a strong financial incentive to focus on building higher-dollar housing stock.Houston has already had billions of dollars allocated to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery, including $1 billion from FEMA and $5 billion from HUD. While those billions are no doubt sorely needed, the case of the unspent Ike funds suggests it may be a long, difficult road before the money is actually spent.Editor’s note: DS News reached out for comment to HUD and the Houston Housing Authority, but no response was received by press time. We will update this story with their response if and when they are received. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago April 3, 2018 2,295 Views Home / Daily Dose / Houston Still Has Unspent Relief Funds from Hurricane Ike About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should join a more ambitious club than Arsenal’: Gabon FA

first_imgLondon: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has to find a more “ambitious” club than Arsenal, according to the football association chief of his home country Gabon. “I don’t want to say Arsenal aren’t ambitious but Arsenal don’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned,” Gabonese FA President Pierre Alain Mounguengui told ESPN. “So if Pierre could secure a contract with a more ambitious club he’d definitely find his place there. On an individual level we all consider him to be among the best players in the world but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.”Aubameyang was the last signing made by long-time Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in 2018. He is yet to win a trophy at the London club but they have finished runners up in the League Cup and the Europa League in his time there.“Aubameyang is a world-class player but for him, or anyone else in Europe who hasn’t won a major honour, football is a collective sport,” Mounguengui said.Also read: If we are asked to take pay cuts we are mentally prepared: Azhar AliAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

Five Quinn’s thoughts and poll below…

first_imgQuinn McCueSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Five Quinn’s thoughts for January 5, 2014. If you have five thoughts, send them our way and we’ll have them published – provided they aren’t character assassinations….Quinn’s thoughts: 1. I was thinking there’s not really a way to describe cold or hot it’s kind of a base to describe other things.2. Sorry I didn’t Post 25 thoughts the Quinn-mas but, I got really cool have for Christmas. So yay!3. I really like hot cocoa but I like it with milk because water is just too hot for me. But vote and post in the comments below if you like milk or water in your hot cocoa and if you don’t like hot cocoa. What’s your favorite drink then? Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 344 weeks ago I am in my 70’s and I don’t like coffee either. I prefer milk for my breakfast. Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments  Loading …4. I’m cleaning the pigsty I call my room and I noticed there’s a lot of dust and I’ve become addicted to dusting. Is that normal?5. I don’t like the taste of coffee. I think it is just too dark and it’s really too hot for me. Then again I really don’t need coffee. I’m already hyper as it is.center_img Quinn wants to know. What do you put in your cocoa? Milk Water I hate hot cocoa. View Resultslast_img read more

New One-Stop Center Opens for Domestic, Sexual Abuse Victims

first_imgBy Jay Cook | FREEHOLD – A one-stop shop to aid domestic violence and sexual abuse victims has opened its doors in Monmouth County and is ready to start changing lives.180 Turning Lives Around, a nonprofit organization working to halt different types of abuse affecting county residents, will operate a new Family Justice Center out of the county courthouse, located at 71 Monument St.Before the Family Justice Center, victims in the darkest times of their lives were tasked with navigating the choppy waters of the criminal justice system to seek help, said Anna Diaz-White, 180’s executive director. Now, everything they need is in one place.“I think it’s going to be a game changer in the way that victims can access services,” she said.An intake center at the courthouse’s lower level will be the first step, where 180’s staff can ask questions and guide victims in the right direction.The Family Justice Center is located at 40 Monument St., connected to the courthouse’s parking lot. Different services will be available, Diaz-White said. A lawyer from South Jersey Legal Services is on standby, available to provide legal guidance. Detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will be on-call from the Freehold office to assist in pressing charges and filing police reports.The building also provides shelter for victims with children who may fear returning home. Access to local food pantries, counselors and job assessment and training are other services now readily available. The two-story-home-converted center will have no public access and will only be open to people who pass courthouse security.In Monmouth County, the numbers of abuse victims are significant, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. There were nearly 4,000 calls or reported incidents of domestic violence last year, and family courts in Freehold also heard requests for 1,600 restraining orders from domestic violence victims, he said. Those numbers put Monmouth County sixth-highest in New Jersey.Diaz-White said her organization receives about 5,000 calls a year and not every incident they hear is reported to police. She said the main demographic for sexual and domestic violence victims is 20- to 40-year-old women. Diaz-White estimated 85 percent of victims in Monmouth County are women.“We hope that it will stop the traumatization from here on out,” Gramiccioni said. “When somebody comes here, they get direction, they get assistance, they get what they’re entitled to.”Monmouth County’s Family Justice Center is the fourth such center in New Jersey; others are located in Essex, Morris and Union counties. Diaz-White toured the state with Gramiccioni and elected officials over the past year to find the best solution for Monmouth County.State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), who volunteered as a rape crisis advocate years ago, said the center is a necessity.“They’re already stressed, they’re already emotionally fragile,” she said of victims. “They don’t need five locations to sort out life and get things moving.”The building was provided by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders at no cost, said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. It was previously used as the county’s Weights and Measures offices.“This Family Justice Center will provide both comfort and justice to these victims and their families by offering so many services in one place,” Burry said.Plans for the center began when 180 was awarded a $145,000 grant last year by Impact 100 Jersey Coast which will contribute to staffing and overhead costs. Grant money was provided by 145 women who each pledged $1,000 for a greater cause.The new Family Justice Center is another piece of the large footprint 180 has established in Monmouth County. Main administrative offices are located in Hazlet and a secondary location, the Shore Regional Outreach Office, is based in Neptune.180 also operates a 45-bed safe house and a 10-family transitional housing center in the county, both in different, undisclosed locations. The nonprofit also partners with Amanda’s Easel, a creative arts therapy program in Middletown.As Hollywood executives, journalists and other prominent people are being called out for their alleged prior sexual assaults, Diaz-White said it spotlights the importance of the Family Justice Center.“Of course these make headlines,” Diaz-White said, “but for every one of those, there are thousands of women, men and children suffering in silence trying to navigate their and their children’s way out of seemingly impossible situations.”This article was first published in the Nov. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Social Protection Ministry to launch handbook for TIP victims

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Ministerial Task Force will be launching the first victims’ rights handbook, in observance of World Human Trafficking Day on July 30, 2016.The handbook is intended to guide TIP victims to realise, understand, accept and demand their rights.Some of the most common violations of human rights are; the right to personal autonomy, the right not to be held in slavery or servitude, the right to liberty and security, the right to be free from cruel or inhumane treatment , the right to safe, healthy working conditions and the right to freedom of movement.Tanisha Williams- Corbin, Coordinator (Ag) Counter Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) Unit, said that, the Ministry will also be launching a campaign titled “Look Out, Speak Out and Take Down” which will be taken to various hotspots.She explained that the Ministry will be aggressively pushing its awareness campaign to educate citizens about TIP with the aim of preventing, reducing and eliminating the scourge.Some of the activities planned are roadside gaffs, school awareness sessions for community, structured awareness sessions for community leaders, distribution of educational materials and novelties, and sessions with social minority groups inclusive of Sex Workers’ Coalition and Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination SASOD.The Ministry will also be providing counselling services for TIP victims, public assistance and necessary psychosocial support in keeping with the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2005, and provision of technical training and grants and loans for at risk families.last_img read more

Vodacom extends fibre-optic network

first_img18 January 2011Workers are busy digging narrow roadside trenches and laying down cables in the Western Cape towns of Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Paarl and Wellington, as South African mobile operator Vodacom starts to expand its fibre-optic network into the area.Vodacom Business’ Ermano Quartero says the fibre-optic cabling brings customers easy, rapid transfer of large amounts of data, and is ideal for services that require smooth data provisioning, such as video conferencing.Fibre-optic cabling is also important to applications like the internet, telephone systems and, in some countries, cable television.“We are constantly requested by consumers and companies for increased internet bandwidth and faster connectivity,” Quartero said in a statement last week.The current network consists of 23 kilometres of cable in Stellenbosch, from Kuilsrivier to Stellenbosch and approximately half of the Stellenbosch to Somerset West Road; 48km of cable in Somerset West, including the remaining half of the Stellenbosch/Somerset West Road, and the N2 to Mitchells Plain; 49km of cable in Paarl and Wellington; and 38km of optic spurs in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West.“Having fibre in these areas makes it possible for our customers to have access to the vast range of services we offer, such as voice, video and networked storage and hosting,” Quartero said.Advantages over copper cableAccording to Vodacom Business, fibre-optic cabling has advantages over standard copper coaxial cables, in that it can transmit larger quantities of data with far less loss, is able to maintain signals over long distances, carries little risk of corrosion, and is virtually free from interference.“To provide customers with the services they demand we need a high-bandwidth, low-cost, reliable last-mile service. Vodacom Business is able to now meet these needs,” Quartero said.“The fibre-optic cables now installed in the Paarl-Wellington-Stellenbosch area bring high-speed, business-quality connectivity to the many companies situated in this important hub and open a wide variety of enterprise-class solutions to them.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Chile

first_imgJuventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez will be crucial for ChileEven with a strong team at this year’s World Cup, Chile will be facing some huge challenges.The Chileans reached the round of 16 at the last World Cup, and world-class players like Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez should make them better this time. But Chile was drawn into a tough Group B with defending champion Spain and 2010 runner-up Netherlands, making advancement more difficult.But, the national team has been in good form recently at the helm of coach Jorge Sampaoli. Chile lost only two of 15 games last year, and drew with Spain and beat England in friendly matches.Here are five players to watch:ARTURO VIDALArturo Vidal has become a mainstay in the lineup of Italian champion Juventus, helping the team win the Serie A title the past two seasons.Vidal has undergone an impressive transformation from being a stopper to making himself into a versatile player who recovers lost balls, sets up assists and often scores goals.ALEXIS SANCHEZThe attacking skills of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez makes him Chile’s most lethal offensive weapon.”The Wonder Boy” scored eight times with the national squad, including a double against England at Wembley Stadium.Sanchez is also enjoying his best season in the Spanish league since joining Barcelona in 2011.GARY MEDELGary Medel is a fierce defensive midfielder who helps make up for a Chile defense that is seen as its weakest link.advertisementKnown by many as “The Pitbull,” Medel is famous for his tenacious attitude going into every challenge, and formidable skills recovering balls. He is also known for a hot temper, which he will need to control in Brazil.MARCELO DIAZMarcelo Diaz, a midfielder who plays for Swiss club FC Basel, often goes unnoticed. But not to Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, who considers him one of his most trustworthy players.Known as “The South American Xavi,” Diaz helps organize Chile’s tactical game by using his accurate passes and great ball control.JORGE VALDIVIAJorge Valdivia has overcome discipline issues, which kept him out of the national squad under Sampaoli’s predecessor, to orchestrate Chile’s attack.The midfielder, who plays for Brazilian club Palmeiras, is known for his vision and passing skills.Sampaoli has warned that Valdivia, who is recovering from injuries and struggles to play 90 minutes, needs to be in top physical shape if he wants to play at the World Cup.last_img read more

Ozone therapy a viable alternative to conventional treatment

first_imgTired of conventional medicinal treatments? Try ozone therapy, used widely during World War I to disinfect wounds and which has proved to be useful in treating chronic cases of asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease, diabetic foot ulcers, various cancers and more.The blue-coloured form of oxygen, which nourishes healthy cells and destroys malfunctioning ones, rejuvenates cells and helps in healing wounds and repairing tissues. “It is safe and is very effective because it attacks and removes disease-causing agents, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds, yeast and toxic metals,” said Dr SS Sibia, director of Ludhiana’s Sibia Medical Centre. Ozone is an element found naturally in the atmosphere and a molecule consists of three atoms of oxygen. It quickly combines with the blood, lymph and other tissues of body and is more powerful than plain Oxygen. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When medical ozone enters the bloodstream, it separates into O2 and O, the healthy cells, armed with antioxidants, absorb the O2 and repel the O, which zeroes in on the diseased cells and neutralises them, Sibia explained.“We also use it as complementary therapy in treatment of various types of cancers and for general immune-activation for allergic diseases and improve the body’s inherent resistance,” Sibia added. The most commonly reported success stories are of diabetic foot treatment with Ozone. Ozone therapy is administered in many different ways in the human body – drinking ozonated water, saunas, rectal means, intravesical, ozonated saline, soft tissue and joint injection and directly ozonating the patient’s blood. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOzone can be injected into and around the joints for the treatment of inflamed and painful joints and is even effective for non-healing ulcers.Ozonised oil is used as an ointment for pain relief and is even used as antiseptic. There’s another aspect to ozone therapy. “It involves injecting ozone into the skin, which boosts oxygen levels and helps to deeply cleanse impurities in the skin. It is used for the treatment of both oily and acne prone skin and also reduces inflammation,” said Dr Chiranjiv Chabbra, a dermatologist at the national Capital’s Skin Alive Clinic. “Ozone therapy works wonders for most people. It’s 100 per cent natural with zero chemicals, zero medication, zero down time, zero discomfort, and zero side effects. It’s relatively affordable too,” Chabbra added.To this end, Ozone can be used to balance the skin’s ph level and lighten its tone. It also works wonders for lines, wrinkles and open pores.“A large number of people are coming to resolve issues of infected skin and we recommend ozone therapy as it helps to get rid of dry and infected layers,” said Dr Priyanka Prakash, a dermatologist at Gurgaon’s Paras Hospital. Many centres offer ozone therapy for aesthetics and against dandruff, acne and a host of other skin conditions.last_img read more

Whats in Storage

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 15, 2008 3 min read All those business bits and bytes add up, and finding ways to store them can be a constant challenge. Most entrepreneurs will turn to a combination of storage technologies ranging from USB flash drives to full-on network storage systems. We used to talk about storage mainly in gigabytes (GB), but we’ve now magnified that into terabytes (TB). The onward march of storage technology is turning in bigger storage, more advanced features and lower prices for growing businesses.The Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI SAN is a Storage Area Network (SAN) system with some muscle to handle more sophisticated storage needs while still working with your existing Ethernet network. Dell’s iSCSI solution is a more affordable option than the Fibre Channel systems that have dominated the SAN market. With expandability up to 45TB, it gives a business plenty of room to grow. The $1,400 Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ RND4210 is a 2TB Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution tucked into a compact appliance. It’s stuffed with user-friendly features like printer sharing, built-in backup, system monitoring and automatic alerts.For a single computer or a very small workgroup backup, the $550 2TB Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition is ready to keep two copies of all your data. The two hard drives can be set to mirror the data using RAID 1 technology to protect your information should one hard drive fail. In a similar vein, the $300 Newer-Tech Guardian MAXimus 500GB has both Firewire and USB connections and two 500GB drives that mirror each other. It’s available in sizes up to 1TB (with two 1TB drives).Portable storage can be just as important as storage at the office. If you take your laptop home to work or for travel, you still need to back up and store the data. The Buffalo Technology MiniStation DataVault features a 320GB hard drive mounted in shock absorbers. It includes automatic backup software and encryption to help safeguard your data on the road. For a huge amount of storage, the Iomega eGo Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 is a 1TB external drive that weighs 2.4 pounds. You might not want to carry it around with your laptop, but it can be easily moved between computers. Other hardware storage solution providers to check into include Advanced Vault, Kingston Technology, SanDisk, Other World Computing and To-shiba.Not all storage options hang out in your office. HP Upline Professional is an online storage service for businesses. With unlimited storage, it’s a handy option for businesses with remote and mobile employees. Data can be backed up, managed and shared online. Symantec Online Backup is another option, and it starts at $9.99 per month for 10GB of backup space. The price goes up for the amount of storage and the length of historical data retained. Online services can also act as an extra layer of protection along with an on-site storage solution. Some other online storage options with business-level capabilities include Box.net and Nirvanix. Register Now » This story appears in the November 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more