Funded through HUD?s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program to help individuals already participating in HUD?s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among HCV participants. A new report just issued by HUD evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, HUD?s study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who remain and complete the program. This study is the second ofa three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program. HUD?s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete this series this year. ?This program is absolutely critical in today?s economy,? said Donovan. ?The research demonstrates that this program works. When families are given the tools they need to move beyond the voucher program, they do. Ultimately, they become self-sufficient and more vouchers become available for other families, some who have been waiting for long periods to receive housing assistance. For America to win the future we need a trained and skilled workforce.? US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that public housing agencies in Vermont will receive $386,383 to link low-income families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. These agencies are among nearly 600 that will receive approximately $54 million in grants. See national list here. Vermont Agency Positions Funded Amount FundedBrattleboro Housing Authority 1 $49,700.00Burlington Housing Authority 2 $101,685.00Vermont State Housing Authority 4 $234,998.00 VT Total: 7 $386,383.00 Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to get a job and the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. As the family?s income rises, a portion of that increased income is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts. PD&R will also launch two additional studies this year about the FSS program. The first study will examine whether FSS participants who were still enrolled when the Prospective Study ended went on to graduate from the FSS program and whether they met their goals for financial self-sufficiency. The second will study the effectiveness of the FSS program nationally. This will be the first national study of the FSS program as part of HUD?s Transformation Initiative, which was created in 2010 to encourage more transparency and accountability within the agency. HUD?s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov(link is external) and espanol.hud.gov. The funding allows local housing authorities to hire coordinators (or caseworkers) to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. ###
Dayne Rapihana, and Rebecca Karatau, with their three boys Luke, 10, Harry, 9, and Sam, 5, at their newly renovated Fairfield property. Picture: Liam KidstonMORE Queenslanders would live near a brothel than put up with crime, asbestos and bad smells according to new research from Australian comparison website Finder. A recent Finder survey of Queensland property buyers found the biggest real estate turn-off was a high crime rate with 63 per cent of potential homebuyers indicating they would knock back a house in an area known to be dodgy. In a close second was asbestos with 62 per cent of those surveyed admitting they would shun a property containing the potentially harmful material, while 59 per cent would not tolerate bad smells caused by the likes of pets, cigarettes and dampness. Being located next to a brothel was the ninth biggest turn-off while no parking, bad internet and being close to noisy roads, loud bars and flight paths could also put a damper on potential real estate love affairs. Finder money expert, Bessie Hassan said turn-offs could knock thousands off the value of a home.“If you can think outside the box to remedy the issue, this could be a way to pick up a bargain property because demand might be low,” she said.“There’s not much you can do about a property being close to a main road but you could reduce the road noise by installing soundproofing or high fencing.” Queensland’s top property turn offs Bad smells caused by pets, cigarettes and dampness was the third biggest turn off for Queensland buyers. Picture: Katrina BridgefordRay White New Farm principal, Haesley Cush agreed with the survey findings that bad smells and loud noises could drive buyers away. “Poorly presented properties are easily discounted and, if not discounted, harshly judged financially,” he said. “A buyer may leave an inspection not liking a property because of a bad smell but the thing that tuned them off, they may not remember. They just remember they didn’t like the property and they won’t go back.” Mr Cush said when it came to crime, buyers tended to accept or reject an area based on criminal activity long before making it to an open house but he warned against hasty judgment as gems could be found in suburbs perceived as bad. “For example, everyone who has owned in New Farm for over 20 years, when they bought their property friends and family would have said don’t buy there because of the junkies and prostitutes,” he said. “Now because of gentrifications people think they are real estate soothsayers and have predicted the future.” Dayne Rapihana, and Rebecca Karatau, with their three boys Luke, 10, Harry, 9, and Sam, 5, at their new renovated 115 Ashby St, Fairfield property. Picture: Liam KidstonHomeowners Beck Karatau and Dayne Rapihana weren’t scared off by asbestos in their latest renovation project, a Queenslander at 115 Ashby Rd, Fairfield, that has been listed for sale through Pauline Karatau of Ray White New Farm.“There was a small amount asbestos and we were able to remove it,” Ms Karatau said. “A small amount is not a problem and if a house needed to be totally gutted and re-sheeted that would come down to the cost. “If you engage the right qualified people (to deal with it), it’s not an issue.” Mr Rapihana is a builder, Ms Karatau has gained her builder’s license and together the couple are often hunting for renovation projects. Ms Karatau said property turn offs weren’t necessarily a bad thing as they could result in a more affordable sale price. “A lot of problems can be solved,” she said.“Being on quite a busy main road would be the number one turn off for us … but we can redesign a house to minimise issues. “We’d design easy access onto the property, put living areas to the back of the property and use insulation and double glazing to cut down on noise.” 1. Above average crime rate of suburb (63%)2. House with asbestos in the walls/ceilings (62%)3. Bad smells (pets, cigarettes, dampness) (59%)4. Located near a noisy pub/bar (57%)5. No parking (53%)6. Located in an industrial area (53%)7. Being on the flight path (51%)8. Close to a major road (50%)9. Located near a brothel (48%)10. Bad broadband connection (44%) Asbestos was the second biggest property turn off. Picture: Asbestos AwarenessQueensland Government Asbestos Unit director, Peter McGarry said homebuyers should be alert but not alarmed about asbestos in homes. “If asbestos containing materials are in a good condition there’s not a risk,” he said. “If the asbestos is well painted and if any cracks are sealed, that is considered to be good condition.” Mr McGarry said about 50 per cent of Queensland housing stock was reliably estimated to contain some amount of asbestos. “Any house built or renovated before 1990 should be assumed to contain some degree of asbestos materials,” he said. Mr McGarry said risk came from improper removal or renovation of asbestos, which can also result in prosecution and fines. More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoHe said homebuyers should factor the cost of maintaining asbestos or having it removed by a licensed professional when purchasing a house containing the product. “On average it costs about $25 to $35 per square metre for removal and disposal of asbestos containing material,” he said.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington girls softball team was eliminated in the first round of the Class 4A Div. 1 Regional by the Mulvane Wildcats 6-0 in Winfield Tuesday afternoon.Mulvane would lose to Rose Hill 7-3 in the regional championship. Rose Hill beat Winfield in the other first round game 14-6It was a tough outing for the Crusaders, who couldnâ€™t get the bats going. The two teams has split during the regular season, but this time Mulvane dominated. The Wildcats had 10 hits to the Lady Dukes two. Wellington also committed three errors.Jade Dry reaches first in the top of the seventh after leading off the inning with a walk.Mulvane opened with a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. It was a defensive battle the rest of the way until the fifth inning when the Wildcats added three more runs to lead by six. Wellington never made an offensive threat the whole ball game.Carlie McComb and Ryleigh Buck both had one hit for Wellington .Jade Dry was the losing pitcher. She allowed 10 hits, no walks while striking out two.Wellington ends its season at 7-14. Wellington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Â Â Â 0 2 3Mulvane Â Â Â 3 0 0 0 3 0 x. Â Â 6 10 0LP Dry 6I 10H 6R 2ER 0BB 2KWP H HayesWellington batting stats:McComb 1/3P Adams 0/3Buck 1/2 1BB 1SBDry 0/2 1BBDeJarnett 0/2 SACE Goodrum 0/3Oathout 0/3M Adams 0/2A Goodrum 0/2a title=”Sumner Newscow twitter account” href=”https://twitter.com/Cueballnewscow” target=”_blank”>Follow us on Twitter. 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 Comments 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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