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  • HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than 10 Billion Dollars in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than $10 Billion in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a major milestone for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has now facilitated more than $10 billion in capital investment since the program’s inception to improve or replace 140,000 public housing units – the majority of which house extremely low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Read more about RAD’s $10 billion milestone. Today, RAD is leveraging $12.57 for every dollar of public housing funding appropriated by Congress, significantly expanding the ability of local public housing authorities (PHAs) to improve
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  • FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wildfire survivors who received an initial rental assistance award may be eligible for an extension of that after two months but must request it. Many individuals and households who had to move after their homes were damaged or lost due to August/September wildfires in 13 counties have been receiving help from FEMA paying rent on temporary alternative housing. The counties are Butte, Lake, Lassen, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. Two weeks after a household initially receives rental assistance, FEMA mails them a letter or an application for an extension. Anyone currently receiving temporary housing assistance who has not received a l...
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  • USDA says More than 7 Billion Dollars Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: (Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disrupti...
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  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Maryland Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19

    U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Maryland Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) | site |




    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published the following information:

    ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Maryland small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Larry Hogan on March 18, 2020.

    The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Maryland; District of Columbia and the
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Recovery Assistance for Students, Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recovery Assistance for Students, Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters| site |



    (December 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced new federal assistance for students and schools in 13 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. The $155 million in grant funds will be used to aid a variety of education-related disaster recovery efforts. Funds can be used for activities such as mental health and safety programs for students and staff, replacing instructional materials lost during storms, additional transportation costs for students, faculty and staff salaries, and debris removal and mold mitigation from schools. "We know that full recovery from natural disaster...
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  • National Park Service Provides 47.8 Million Dollars in Assistance to Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Typhoon Yutu

    National Park Service Provides $47.8 Million in Assistance to Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Typhoon Yutu| site |



    (November 25, 2019) - - Today (November 25, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:



    Hurricane Michael damage
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    WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior’s National Park Service today announced $47.8 million in emergency supplemental assistance grants for the recovery and repair of historic resources in areas impacted in 2018 by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as Typhoon Yutu. Communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, the Northern Mariana Islands, South Carolina and Virginia will receive funding for various historic preservation projects related to hurricane and typhoon recovery efforts. “The Department of the Interior is committed t...
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  • HUD Secretary Carson asks the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Websites Selling Assistance Animal Documentation

    HUD Secretary Carson asks the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Websites Selling Assistance Animal Documentation | site |



    (November 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information: WASHINGTON – Recently, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson wrote to Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Joseph J. Simons and Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith requesting that the FTC investigate certain websites that may be selling assistance animal documentation. “These certificates are not an acceptable substitute for authentic documentation provided by medical professionals when appropriate,” said Secretary Carson. “These websites that sell assistance animal certificates are often also misleading by implying that they are affiliated with the federal government. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their goal is to convin...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updated Technical Assistance Guide For Construction Industry Contractors

    U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updated Technical Assistance Guide For Construction Industry Contractors| site |



    (November 13, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a comprehensive Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for the construction industry. The guide will assist contractors meet their legal requirements and responsibilities for equal employment opportunity by preventing violations before they occur.

    OFCCP published the TAG for the construction industry to reflect current regulations and provide practical, useful compliance assistance resources for contractors in the construction industry. This guide provides a valuable self-assessment tool for contractors to review the practices they have in place to eliminate discrimination and achieve their equal employment opportunity
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Offers Military Personnel Disaster Assistance

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Offers Military Personnel Disaster Assistance



    (November 10, 2018) - - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: Tallahassee, Fla. - - FEMA may provide disaster assistance to eligible, active-duty military and civilian military employees as long as it does not duplicate assistance from the military. Active-duty military and civilian military employees who live in privately owned housing on base may be eligible for all categories of housing assistance. Applicants living in military housing may receive Rental Assistance if they document that they are not receiving housing assistance from another source. Active-duty military personnel stationed outside the country may authorize a third party to be present for inspection of their damaged primary residence. To use a third party, a military applicant must p...
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  • FEMA Publishes Fact Sheet Titled Rumors vs. Facts about Disaster Assistance

    FEMA Publishes Fact Sheet Titled Rumors vs. Facs about Disaster Assistance




    RUMORS VS. FACTS ABOUT DISASTER ASSISTANCE




    (November 2, 2018) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:


    RUMOR: FEMA only helps insured homeowners.

    FACT: FEMA assistance is not just for homeowners. FEMA also may provide assistance to renters who lost personal property or who were displaced. Not having insurance has no effect on a survivor’s eligibility for assistance.



    RUMOR: FEMA is paying insurance deductibles.

    FACT: By law, FEMA cannot pay insurance deductibles.



    RUMOR: FEMA is charging for debris removal.

    FACT: FEMA does not charge for debris removal. In fact, FEMA can reimburse cities, towns and state agencies reasonable
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture says Assistance is Available through NRCS for Ag Land Damaged by Hurricane Michael

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says Assistance is Available through NRCS for Ag Land Damaged by Hurricane Michael



    Gainesville, FL - - (October 26, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that Florida farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality due to Hurricane Michael are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Agricultural producers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties are eligible to apply for assistance. The first sign-up period ends Nov. 16, 2018. A second sign-up period will end Dec. 14, 2018. This assistance is available to individual farmers and ranchers to aid in recovery efforts on their properties and does not apply to local gover...
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  • U. S. Department of Agriculture Assistance Available to Restore Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricane Florence

    U. S. Department of Agriculture Assistance Available to Restore Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricane Florence


    Assistance Request Deadline is Dec. 5, 2018


    Washington, DC - - (October 26, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Carolina is accepting requests for assistance to help communities implement critical emergency measures and restore eligible infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, houses, and businesses as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Florence and associated flooding.

    Requests for assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, which is designed to relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods and other natural occurrences in watershed, must be submitted in writing to the NRCS State Conservationist in South Carolina by Dec. 5, 2018. “NRCS is
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources To Secure Employee Benefits

    U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources To Secure Employee Benefits



    Washington, DC - - (October 24, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has developed compliance assistance resources to help protect employee benefits. EBSA's goal is to help workers by restoring plan assets and securing the payment of promised benefits, and to help employee benefit officials understand the law. These tools give employee benefit plans the ability to self-correct violations, and further the goals of the Department's recently announced Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) to encourage and facilitate compliance.

    The Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program explains what corrective action is required and provides a mechanism for relief from enforcement actions and excise taxes under the Internal Revenue Code for 19 separate
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Compliance Assistance Tools To Assist New and Small Businesses

    U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Compliance Assistance Tools To Assist New and Small Businesses




    Washington, DC - - (October 17, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of the New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits webpages. These new online tools assist American small businesses and workers with simple, straightforward resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division (WHD) information, as well as links to other resources. The webpages were established in response to feedback received from new and small business stakeholders voicing their need for a centralized location to secure the tools and information they need to comply with federal labor laws. These new webpages provide the most relevant publications and answer the questions most frequently asked by new and small business owners. These tools, in conjunction...
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  • FACT SHEET - - Transitional Sheltering Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

    FACT SHEET: Transitional Sheltering Assistance Frequently Asked Questions



    Editor's Note: It is believed that the following information is primarily intended for people in the state of North Carolina.


    (October 2, 2018) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) is a sheltering option using participating hotels/motels to help fill a gap until survivors identify short or long-term housing solutions.
    • TSA is currently available to eligible survivors whose pre-disaster primary residence is in one of the following nine counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender or Robeson.
    • Survivors who do not have the option to return home and are unable to have their housing needs met through insurance, congregate shelters, or rental assistance
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    HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than 10 Billion Dollars in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rental Assistance Demonstration generates more than $10 Billion in Construction Activity to preserve Affordable Housing | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a major milestone for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has now facilitated more than $10 billion in capital investment since the program’s inception to improve or replace 140,000 public housing units – the majority of which house extremely low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Read more about RAD’s $10 billion milestone. Today, RAD is leveraging $12.57 for every dollar of public housing funding appropriated by Congress, significantly expanding the ability of local public housing authorities (PHAs) to improve
    ...
    11-14-2020, 02:08 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wildfire survivors who received an initial rental assistance award may be eligible for an extension of that after two months but must request it. Many individuals and households who had to move after their homes were damaged or lost due to August/September wildfires in 13 counties have been receiving help from FEMA paying rent on temporary alternative housing. The counties are Butte, Lake, Lassen, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. Two weeks after a household initially receives rental assistance, FEMA mails them a letter or an application for an extension. Anyone currently receiving temporary housing assistance who has not received a l...
    11-10-2020, 05:55 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    USDA says More than 7 Billion Dollars Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Agriculture says More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program | site |


    (October 26, 2020) - - Today, October 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: (Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disrupti...
    10-27-2020, 08:37 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Maryland Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Maryland Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) | site |




    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published the following information:

    ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Maryland small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Larry Hogan on March 18, 2020.

    The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Maryland; District of Columbia and the
    ...
    10-23-2020, 12:35 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recovery Assistance for Students, Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Announces Recovery Assistance for Students, Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters| site |



    (December 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced new federal assistance for students and schools in 13 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. The $155 million in grant funds will be used to aid a variety of education-related disaster recovery efforts. Funds can be used for activities such as mental health and safety programs for students and staff, replacing instructional materials lost during storms, additional transportation costs for students, faculty and staff salaries, and debris removal and mold mitigation from schools. "We know that full recovery from natural disaster...
    12-21-2019, 11:11 PM

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