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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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Lessons From Fukushima

16 Jan Lessons From Fukushima Posted at 23:20h in Uncategorized by Helen Jaccard On December 5 and 6 Helen Jaccard, VFP Golden Rule Project Manager, visited Fukushima Prefecture to learn about the impacts that the triple disaster has had on the lives of people there.This picture is of a sea wall being constructed where a tsunami wiped out a whole village.  In the distance, 10 km away, is the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  This sea wall is an area that will never again be occupied by humans – a…

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Big Win in the Big Apple

This week we received news of a mighty win: one of the planet’s central cities has gone fully on the attack against the fossil fuel industry, which means the tide is finally turning in the climate fight. Just days ago we stood with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as he made two major announcements: New York’s pension funds will divest from the big oil and gas companies, and the city is suing the biggest of these corporations for the climate damage they’ve caused.  This is a huge moment in our fight…

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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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Naomi Klein: “New York City is taking a game changing first step in turning the world right side up”

By Naomi Klein I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for this historic announcement that New York is divesting from fossil fuels and suing five oil majors. What’s happening here is not only about changing the economics of energy, speeding the transition from dirty to clean.It’s also about justice. And it represents a collective victory for the amazing climate justice movement around the world and in this city. Groups like Uprose, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and New York Renews, some of which are here today, as well…

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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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