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Disaster Housing Recovery Update, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Congress Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter on December 22, 2017 to HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, urging them to extend the foreclosure moratorium an additional year for victims of Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The senators expressed concern that the foreclosure moratoriums could potentially expire before electricity and other services were fully restored. HUD’s moratorium is set to expire on March 18; and Fannie and Freddie’s, on March 31. Representative Nydia…

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Community-Scale Solar Is on the Fast Track to Grid Parity

January 16, 2018  |  By Will 2018 be the year when solar power reaches so-called grid parity, providing a cost of energy over its operating life that is equal to or less than the cost of energy from existing conventional energy sources? This levelized cost of energy (LCOE) comparison informs new grid investments and, as a result, the evolving resource mix of the grid. Solar energy reaching true grid parity would fundamentally accelerate the global adoption of renewables and enable value creation even if existing conventional assets with high operating…

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Disaster Housing Recovery Update, Wednesday, January 10, 2018

ICF Toolkit on the HUD Exchange. ICF developed this toolkit to plan for and then utilize disaster recovery resources for the homeless after a disaster. The toolkit is located here and the most applicable section for those that are engaged in disaster recovery efforts is the Recovery Guide located here. Our partner at ICF states, “In a lot of cases, funding often doesn’t get directed to the most vulnerable populations in part because governments receiving DR dollars don’t know they can be used that way.” On January 8, U.S. Senator…

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Disaster Housing Recovery Update, Monday, January 8, 2018

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin Watt addressed concerns about mortgage relief options for homeowners in December in areas affected by the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires.  These include: Eligibility to stop making monthly mortgage payments in 3-month intervals for up to 12 months; Waiving of late fees and delinquency reports to the credit bureaus; No requirement to catch up on missed payments all at one time; Longer term assistance available through modification of existing mortgage; and Suspension of foreclosure sales through December 31st, 2017 in FEMA-declared disaster areas. Read the…

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Disaster Housing Recovery Update, Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CALIFORNIA FEMA Governor Brown’s office sent an official request for a major disaster declaration for the southern California wildfires on December 20, and the President was to evaluate this request with FEMA for a quick response.  The major disaster request, if approved, would make available individual assistance as well as public assistance, specifically the Individuals and Housing Program, Crisis Counseling and Disaster Legal Services, Disaster case management, Transitional sheltering assistance, unemployment assistance, hazard mitigation, and possible Small Business Administration loans and Department of Agriculture loans.  The Major Disaster Declaration for California…

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