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first_imgStateAmountStateAmountAlabama$54,411,568Nevada$5,253,929Alaska$2,215,118New Hampshire$4,805,462Arizona$7,516,272New Jersey$61,937,486Arkansas$17,504,267New Mexico$5,567,987California$72,252,584New York$321,476,119Colorado$10,307,643North Carolina$48,137,960Connecticut$20,964,829North Dakota$2,073,197Delaware$3,986,200Ohio$77,937,803Florida$49,658,600Oklahoma$14,538,344Georgia$64,067,418Oregon$8,533,410Hawaii$9,454,397Pennsylvania$120,206,473Idaho$887,959Rhode Island$12,081,706Illinois$128,103,330South Carolina$20,297,831Indiana$21,570,606South Dakota$1,653,882Iowa$4,672,512Tennessee$50,216,600Kansas$9,880,896Texas$72,552,552Kentucky$31,838,124Utah$2,394,123Louisiana$43,544,357Vermont$1,948,080Maine$5,056,956Virginia$28,687,138Maryland$26,848,339Washington$26,602,619Massachusetts$52,240,068West Virginia$7,978,504Michigan$31,099,543Wisconsin$15,089,333Minnesota$28,166,333Wyoming$821,802Mississippi$20,313,957District of Columbia$14,193,015Missouri$27,595,445Guam$1,174,617Montana$2,574,655Puerto Rico$105,751,592Nebraska$8,023,289US Virgin Islands$5,389,187 TOTAL:$1,792,056,016 Source: HUD 2.10.12———————————————————————– US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in Vermont $1.9 million in funding that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.  See below for a complete list of housing authorities in Vermont that will receive this funding. Today’s grants are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems. ‘This funding will help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, but it only scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog we’re seeing across the country,’ said Donovan. ‘Today, we are closer to helping housing authorities and our private sector partners undertake their capital needs over the long haul. With the passage of HUD’s 2012 budget, Congress gave HUD the go-ahead for a new, comprehensive and critical demonstration tool that we believe will help preserve and enhance America’s affordable housing, including public housing.’ In November 2011, Congress gave HUD the approval to test a comprehensive tool to preserve public housing and other HUD-assistant housing. Congress authorized HUD to begin a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive strategy to keep these public and other HUD affordable homes on firm financial footing. Public housing authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families. But given our budget realities, HUD proposed this innovative way to confront the decline of the nation’s public and affordable housing stock.  In FY 2012, RAD will enable public housing authorities and owners to continue to make standard life-cycle improvements to their inventory and modernize or replace obsolete units to stem the loss of stock from private sector partners choosing to opt-out of affordable housing programs. The demonstrationwill bring more than 60,000 properties into a reliable, long term, project-based rental assistance contract ‘ and allow public housing authorities to raise more than $6.1 billion in private financing to reduce the large backlog of capital repair needs and in the process, support significant job creation in communities across the country. Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, added, ‘We see Congress’ decision to allow this demonstration to begin as a victory, not only for HUD, but for countless communities that desperately want to improve their public housing and other affordable housing, as well as a victory for families who need quality housing they can afford and who want more options on where they might choose to live.’ Last year, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that updated the national estimate of capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S.  The study found the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in much-needed large scale repairs.  Unlike routine maintenance,capital needs are the large-scale improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.  This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient. Over the last 75 years, the federal government has invested billions in the development and maintenance of public and multifamily housing ‘ including providing critical support through HUD’s Capital Fund, the grants announced today. Still, the nation continues to lose thousands of public housing units annually, primarily due to disrepair.  To protect the considerable federal investment and respond to the growing demand for affordable rental housing, the Obama Administration proposed RAD.  The details of the demonstration’s timeline and application are being prepared and HUD expects to issue a notice for public comment in the coming months.  VERMONT FUNDINGHousing Authority                                                                                                      Funding AmountBurlington Housing Authority$388,119.00Brattleboro Housing Authority$319,873.00Rutland Housing Authority$194,551.00Springfield Housing Authority$152,146.00Barre Housing Authority$348,839.00Winooski Housing Authority$247,551.00Montpelier Housing Authority$58,107.00Bennington Housing Authority$238,894.00                                                                        VT Total:                                                     $1,948,080 The FY2012 Public Housing Capital Funding by state:last_img read more

first_imgThe full report, including detailed scorecards for every state, is available online at ww.hrc.org/sei(link is external).The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community. Vermont Business Magazine The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation, has released its second annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in Vermont. Vermont falls into the second highest-rated category, “Solidifying Equality.””There are a number of things Vermont can do to achieve our next and highest classification—’Working Toward Innovative Equality’,” Xavier Persad, Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign, told Vermont Business Magazine. “Though Vermont currently has relatively extensive laws protecting the LGBT community, it lacks laws protecting youth involved in the adoption or foster care system from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Additionally, the state does not prohibit discrimination in jury selection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”The addition of certain parenting laws that impact LGBT people would also help elevate Vermont’s ranking. These include changes to state law that expressly prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the placement of foster youth; require prospective parents to receive training regarding LGBT youth in areas like cultural competency and legal requirements; and that grant limited recognition to de facto parents for visitation or custody.”Furthermore, mandating the collection of data on hate crime incidents based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and requiring that information to be reported to the federal government, would strengthen Vermont’s inclusive hate-crime laws. With regard to youth-related laws, the State can mandate that schools have suicide prevention policies to protect all students, including LGBT-youth who are at a substantially increased risk of suicide. Vermont should also join the growing number of states that protect youth from so-called “conversion therapy”—dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”Lastly, additional steps like expressly allowing for transition-related coverage for transgender people through state medicaid, extending transgender-inclusive health benefits to state employees, and requiring single-occupancy restrooms to be gender neutral would build on the great progress Vermont has already achieved in ensuring equality for its LGBT residents.”The State Equality Index(link is external) (SEI) reveals that, even with historic progress on marriage equality, there are extraordinary state-to-state disparities in LGBT non-discrimination protections, including in the workplace, and efforts continue by equality opponents to pass state-level legislation that would sanction discrimination and undermine even minimal existing protections.“Even with marriage equality the law of the land, the battle for LGBT rights at the state level continues to be a story of successes and setbacks,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Though a number of states are expanding access to non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and their families, a majority of states are still struggling to reach even a basic level of equality for LGBT people.”“This year will be one of our most challenging yet, with our opponents in more than two dozen states pushing deeply harmful laws that undermine critical protections in the guise of ‘religious liberty,’” Griffin said. “Equally troubling are disgraceful bills targeting the transgender community — from preventing transgender people from using public facilities, including bathrooms, that accord with their gender identity, to denying them the ability to make gender and name changes on crucial identification documents.”While more than 111 million people live in states where LGBT people lack clear state-level protections against discrimination in the workplace, the SEI points to a few encouraging signs – particularly in areas related to LGBTQ youth, health, and safety. States like Utah, New York, and Illinois expanded access to equality for LGBT people and their families, while others strengthened existing hate crimes laws, improved access to transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage, and protected LGBT youth from harmful “conversion therapy”.The SEI assesses statewide LGBT-related legislation and policies, good and bad, in five areas: parenting laws and policies; non-discrimination laws; hate crimes laws; youth-related laws and policies; and health and safety laws and policies. Based on that review, the SEI assigns states to one of four distinct categories(link is external).Six states and the District of Columbia are in the highest-rated category, “Working Toward Innovative Equality”These states and the nation’s capital have robust LGBT non-discrimination laws covering employment, housing and public accommodations, as well as protections in the realm of credit, insurance, and jury selection. Most allow transgender people to change official documents to reflect their gender identity. Almost all bar private insurers from banning transition-related healthcare. LGBT youth are protected by anti-bullying laws, as well as innovative measures in some states that address conversion therapy, inclusive juvenile justice policies, homelessness, and sexual education.The states are(link is external): California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington.Six states are in the category “Solidifying Equality”These states have non-discrimination protections and are considered high-performing but not cutting edge on LGBT equality. Many of these states allow transgender individuals to change gender markers on official documents. More than half do not allow second parent adoption. These states have relatively robust anti-bullying laws, but bad laws begin to crop up in this category. The states are(link is external): Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.Ten states are in the category “Building Equality”These states have taken steps toward more robust LGBT equality, including passing basic non-discrimination and hate crimes laws. They allow gender markers to be changed on official documents, but have few protections for transgender health care. Some lack explicit gender identity protections, and several lack comprehensive anti-bullying laws. Bad laws are more common, so advocates work to stop bills that undermine LGBT equality, and to pass more comprehensive non-discrimination laws. The states are(link is external): Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wisconsin.Twenty-eight states are in the lowest-rated category “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality”Most of these states(link is external), including Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida, have many laws that undermine LGBT equality, from those that criminalize HIV and sodomy, to measures allowing religious-based discrimination against LGBT people. None have non-discrimination laws that explicitly include sexual orientation or gender identity protections; few have hate crime laws with those protections. LGBT advocates largely work to kill bad bills and pass municipal protections for LGBT people.“Last year our community faced a barrage of attacks on our freedoms, but we are more united and better prepared than ever to continue our momentum toward equality for all,” said Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of Equality Federation Institute. “This report serves as an important tool for advocates to keep pushing forward. We’re not going to stop until all LGBTQ people and their families are able to reach their full potential, free from discrimination, no matter what state they live in.”last_img read more

first_img ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Sep 10, 2020 NASA Features Belizean Scientist, Emil Cherrington and… You may be interested in… Warnings of high surf, large waves, rip currents and floods have been issued several Member States, but there is no tsunami alert for the Region, contrary to information that has been circulating that some 30 countries are on tsunami alert following a large earthquake in Costa Rica. High tides and unusually large waves were also registered in Barbados, The Bahamas and Dominica. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Sep 4, 2020center_img Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Over the past few weeks, the Caribbean has been experiencing unusually high tides, massive waves, flooding and coastal erosion. Even as preparations are underway for the upcoming hurricane season that is predicted to be another active one, concern is high across the Region at the manifestation of the changing climate. Late February, coastal erosion resulted in the collapse of about 18 000 square metres, the destruction of homes and the evacuation of families in Cedros, a seaside area in Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad Express in an editorial on 1 March, 2018, said that there were reports that waves from the sea were climbing higher, pounding the shore, and causing severe undermining. In Guyana last week, unusually large waves slammed the sea defence along the West Coast of Demerara, and caused heavy flooding in surrounding areas. Reflections on Climate Resilience in the Caribbean and indications for innovative Approaches(Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 13 September) The Bahamas tragedy following the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian has brought into stark reality the unrelenting havoc that natural disasters have wreaked on the Caribbean Region in recent years.  The  Special Report on Climate Change and Land ( SRCCL) from…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”UPDATE on Hurricane Dorian and The Bahamas Tragedy(GOFAD, 6 September 2019) Since this Blog was written on Tuesday September 3, the death toll has risen to 30 and the extend of the damage is captured in the video link below . According to Dr Duane Sands , Minister of Health the mortality rate is likely to be…September 9, 2019In “Features”Stakes high for CARICOM at COP21(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     “Unless we can get the countries that are the major emitters of green house gases to commit to more ambitious reductions, the Caribbean will be confronted with more extreme storms and hurricanes, more frequent and prolonged droughts, dangerous sea-level rise that will wash away…November 28, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 7, 2020 Sep 3, 2020last_img read more