Tagged with: Disaster Relief HUD The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HUD to the Rescue Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: 2017’s Hottest Neighborhoods for Homebuyers Next: Adding to the Ranks The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post August 21, 2017 1,195 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD to the Rescue Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is taking further steps to fulfill its mission in creating strong, sustainable and affordable communities throughout the country, this time through foreclosure protection in response to the flash flooding that recently occurred in West Virginia.After two days of severe weather, flash flooding occurred throughout the state and affected a total of 44 counties. President Trump has declared the area a disaster zone, according to the press release.In order to provide relief, HUD is assisting state and local governments in relocating displaced locals as well as streamlining their Community Block Grant and Home Programs so as to repair and replace the houses that were damaged. They have also granted a three-month moratorium on foreclosures for mortgages that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration.In addition, HUD will be making mortgage insurance available to those that lost their homes and have to rebuild or rebuy—the insurance will also cover rehabilitation and repairs to damaged homes. For those that need to purchase a new home, the insurance will be financed 100 percent, and even cover costs incurred during closing.But, it doesn’t stop there. HUD will provide guaranteed loans to state and local governments to be used for housing rehabilitation, repairs of damaged public infrastructure, and further economic development. The department will also share information with FEMA and the state of West Virginia to connect displaced renters with housing providers that have available units in the counties most affected, and disseminate information regarding other HUD programs that will directly affect those put out by the flooding.You can read about other disaster relief programs that the HUD offers, as well as find other resources in times of crisis by going to the HUD’s website, here. Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Disaster Relief HUD 2017-08-21 Joey Pizzolato Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe
Now that fans have had a few days to come back down to earth and let their mind and bodies detox after what was a thrilling New Year’s Eve weekend last week, more videos from some of the holiday shows are starting to make their way onto the Internet.In the final week of 2018, Dumpstaphunk was busy playing for their fans out west last week. Two shows from the popular funk band in San Francisco (December 28th) and Denver (December 31st) featured notable end-of-the-year sit-ins from counterculture legend and newly minted MasterClass professor Carlos Santana, cannabis enthusiast/Ween guitarist Dean Ween, and Funkadelic guitarist Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton.Santana was the first to join Dumpstaphunk on stage during their December 28th performance at The Fillmore San Francisco. The band was in town opening up for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Santana happened to be at the show as the guest of Sly & The Family Stone drummer and frequent Dumpstaphunk collaborator, Greg Errico. Santana’s surprise sit-in with the group was reportedly so spur-of-the-moment, in fact, that he didn’t even have a guitar to play when asked if he’d like to join in on the fun, forcing Dumpstaphunk guitarist Tony Hall to lend Santana his Fender Stratocaster and take up the bass for their cover of Buddy Miles Express’ “United Nations Stomp”. Even without his trademark PRS, Santana shredded his way through the song’s guitar solo. The entire sit-in, beginning with Santana waiting for an introduction at the side of the stage, can be watched below.Dumpstaphunk w/ Carlos Santana – “United Nations Stomp” – 12/28/2018[Video: Dumpstaphunk]The band’s on-stage jam with Deaner and Kidd Funkadelic came a few nights later during their double-billed show at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Dever on New Year’s Eve. Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) had opened up the show with his Dean Ween Group, leaving Dumpstaphunk to take the audience into 2019 during their closing set. After helping Dumpstaphunk count down to the start of the new year, Ween and Kidd Funkadelic remained on stage to jam out to a pair of Parliament-Funkadelic tunes, “Up For The Down Stroke” and “Unfunky UFO”. A video of the 25-minute, nonstop jam was shared by the band to their Facebook, and can be watched in full below.Dumpstaphunk w/ Dean Ween, Kidd Funkadelic – “Up For The Down Stroke”, “Unfunky UFO” – 12/31/18[Video: Dumpstaphunk]Santana was one of the featured names included in BottleRock Napa‘s 2019 lineup announcement on Monday. The Memorial Day Weekend festival is just one of the stops on Santana’s 2019 tour schedule in support of his recently-announced forthcoming studio EP, In Search Of Mona Lisa.For a full list of Dumpstaphunk’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.
Harvard President Drew Faust faced a tough crowd at the Faculty Club yesterday — tough as in “Don’t mess with these people.”The occasion was the University’s now-traditional fall welcome to military veterans and active-duty service members. More than 300 veterans are Harvard students this year. Others, still active-duty service members, are fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and elsewhere.In the crowd of 100 was at least one Navy Seal, one Air Force-enlisted man who helped to steer drones to targets, and row after row of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There also was a scattering of veterans from other countries, including Great Britain and Australia.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said Faust, whose own family has seen four generations of military service.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said President Drew Faust.A historian of the Civil War, she alluded to Harvard’s military and militia past, which extends all the way back to the early frontier wars of the 17th century. Faust also mentioned two reminders of that early military past that she experiences daily. Her residence (Elmwood) and her office (in Massachusetts Hall) were both used as hospitals during the Revolutionary War.At Harvard, reminders of a martial past are everywhere. The Faculty Club is across the street from where breastworks were erected to stave off a British attack in 1775. (The assault never came.) It is a fast walk from University Hall, where muskets for student drill clubs were stored during the War of 1812. And it’s close to Boylston Hall, where Harvard’s first Union volunteers lined up for service in the Civil War.The Faculty Club is also just across the street from Loeb House, where during World War II new candidate officers earned $50 a month in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. Loeb House was the venue yesterday for a barbeque dinner after the event.Faust praised the veterans for their service and noted the new presence this fall of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps classes on campus — the first in 41 years. “We will continue to cultivate a campus environment,” she said, “in which military service is regarded as public service.”HKS Dean David Ellwood introduced an afternoon panel by praising the military as a font of leadership skills. “We are very, very hungry for enlightened public leadership,” he said of the country at large. “Leaders are chosen as if people’s lives depended on them — and of course, they do.”Meghan O’Sullivan (from left), Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, was the moderator of a panel that included Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science; Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy; Tad Oelstrom, director, National Security Program at HKS; Peter Brooks ’06, Marine Corps veteran and current graduate student; and Navy Capt. Steven Benke, director of Naval ROTC.Harvard is a collage of students from other countries, more than 90 at HKS alone, and many students have never met or talked to a member of the military services, said Ellwood. “This is another chance for you to lead.” He echoed Faust’s suggestion to those assembled to “share your stories.”Panel moderator Meghan L. O’Sullivan, though not a veteran, spent two of the past eight years in Iraq. She was deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, and is now the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at HKS.Panelist Harry R. Lewis, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, is not strictly speaking a veteran either. But he was in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed branch of service. “Most of Harvard is a very open place,” the former dean of Harvard College told the newcomers. “You should walk around.”Tad Oelstrom, director of the National Security Program at HKS and a 35-year Air Force veteran who retired as a lieutenant general, shifted from praise to practicality. Be exemplars of military values, he said, including honesty, character, service, and moral behavior. “The Harvard community of veterans needs to be more than folks who touch base as students.”Oelstrom also advised veterans to reach out, especially to those from countries where the military “only represents fear.” Having veterans and military service members on campus “is really important to Harvard.”Navy Capt. Steven M. Benke, the only uniformed panelist and a visiting professor of naval science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), commands the NROTC’s MIT-based Old Ironsides Battalion, which has 150 students from the Boston area, 15 of them at Harvard. (The total ROTC enrollment at Harvard is 29.) Mentor these young officer candidates, he suggested: “Share your experiences, good and bad.”That struck a chord with panelist Peter Brooks, a 2006 Harvard College graduate and a two-tour Marine veteran of Iraq. “The debate [over ROTC] was raging when I was here,” he said, and that made him, as a young midshipman, hungry for advice. “When I was an undergraduate,” he said, “I would basically chase down anyone with a short haircut and a military T-shirt.”Brooks is now an M.B.A.-M.P.P. joint degree candidate at Harvard Business School (HBS) and at HKS. His advice is to find other veterans. “School can be a lonely place, especially after being part of a unit,” he said. “We need to take care of each other.”Panelist Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, is one of the foremost authorities on the cost of war. At work on a history of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she is also pursuing research on women veterans and the transition from military to civilian life.A military background gives you an experiential leg up on attractive research projects, said Bilmes, and Harvard is a rich opportunity to learn how to employ data better. Meanwhile, she said, “You are ambassadors of the military here.”There will be times when talking to students with different views is challenging, said Bilmes, who advocated cultivating nonmilitary friends. “There’s a wonderful thing that helps you do this. It’s spelled b-e-e-r.” Everyone applauded.