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
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo June 04, 2019 The Colombian Military Forces’ General Command, with logistics support from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), hosted the first Multilateral Border Conference on April 22-24, 2019, in Bogotá, Colombia. Representatives from Colombian, Brazilian, Ecuadorean, Peruvian, and U.S. armed forces gathered to exchange information and experiences about countering transnational common threats in border areas, balancing combined operations, and defining new tools. Before the conference started, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of SOUTHCOM, and Colombian President Iván Duque, held a meeting focused on cooperation to intensify the fight against narcotrafficking. “The Colombian government is a priority security partner in the fight against narcotrafficking and transnational crime,” Adm. Faller told the press. “Our commitment is to increase the eradication of illicit crops, seizures, and the pursuit of narcotraffickers,” Duque added. During the conference, Army Major General José Pereira, deputy director of Joint Operations at the Brazilian Ministry of Defense; Army Lieutenant General Roque Moreira, head of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Joint Command; Army General César Astudillo, head of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command; and Army Major General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez, commander of the Colombia Military Forces, headed the delegations. Training as combat tool In addition to the fight against narcotrafficking, military leaders addressed common threats, such as illegal mining, illegal immigration, and arms and ammunition trafficking. Service members analyzed the result of the 2018 combined operations among armed forces held on their borders, to evaluate the strategies that were used. “It’s necessary to identify critical areas, [to] strengthen security against threats on our border areas, especially with narcotrafficking,” said Maj. Gen. Navarro. “We need to strengthen information exchange mechanisms, as well as search in the areas. Narcotrafficking is the major common threat. We have to move forward with operations and actions that transcend into operations for greater control in the Caribbean and Central America.” Venezuela and regional security The Venezuelan crisis, along with its implications for border security and the exodus of millions of Venezuelans to other countries in the Americas — especially Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru — alarms and concerns all governments in the region. “The lack of border control, the lack of willpower to counter transnational crime and to counter narcotrafficking, and the lack of control by the Venezuelan authorities is a reality that creates serious insecurities on the border with that country and affects other neighboring countries,” Maj. Gen. Navarro concluded.
He said the 2020 Global Aids Update notes that even before COVID-219, “Caribbean states health systems were struggling to cover programmes traditionally funded by international donors including HIV Prevention in Key Population initiatives”. GENEVA, July 7 – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has worsened the efforts by Caribbean countries to meet the 2020 targets on HIV-AIDS, a senior UNAIDS official said Tuesday. “Even as we recognise these successes we must remind ourselves that unless the testing targets have been achieved all other outcomes are sub optimal, but this shows within our region we have the capacity to deploy the people policy and programmes to end AIDS.”The UNAIDS official said last year there were 6,900 AIDS related deaths in the region, declining by 37 per cent since 2010. “But even where the situation is improving ignorance and prejudice remain high. We have to engage people consistently around ending the discrimination,” Guwani said, adding” we must also improve accountability and redress mechanism where people’s rights are violated”. ‘We must remember why they were made in the first place. As things stand, HIV resources for the region are just 42 per cent of the 2020 targets,” he added. He said most reporting Caribbean countries dispense treatment on a monthly basis and “adopting the multi-monthly dispensing would reduce the time spent in clinics both during and after COVID”. The UNAIDS official said Barbados has almost reached the test targets, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago have achieved significant numbers among people living with HIV requiring treatment. He said that represented 77 per cent compared to the worldwide average of 81 per cent. The report, titled “Seizing the moment,”, warns that even the gains made could be lost and progress further stalled if countries fail to act and highlights just how urgent it is for countries to double down and act with greater urgency to reach the millions still left behind. The new report by UNAIDS shows remarkable, but highly unequal, progress, notably in expanding access to antiretroviral therapy. He said 86 per cent of pregnant women with HIV received antiretroviral therapy to prevent transmission to their babies in 2019. But he said progress across the testing has slowed down, noting “this means we have to expand proven methods of active case …including through community-based programmes”. He said between 2010and 2019 there was a 30 per cent decline in disbursement by global funds and a 90 per cent decline investment by the United States government. UNAIDS Caribbean director, Dr. James Guwani, speaking at a virtual news conference, has warned that the pandemic may blow the Caribbean ‘of course”. But he noted that 81 per cent of diagnosed Caribbean people were on treatment last year “around the same level as the global average”. Photo via UNAIDS He said HIV resources availability from domestic sources increased by 38 per cent, which is good from 2010-19, adding “it is critical that Caribbean governments guard these investments even during COVID-19. “We were not on track to meet the 2020 targets now COVID-19 increases the crisis that may blow us of the course. The report urges us to leverage HIVE leadership and lessons against this new pandemic threat,” he said. It said that because the achievements have not been shared equally within and between countries, the global HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached. He said the most recent data showed that while discriminatory attitudes towards people labelled HIV had been declining consistently in some countries like Belize and Guyana “they are rebounding in places like Haiti. The UNAIDs official said that HIV prevalence stands at 1.1 per cent in the region and that in 2019 “about three of every four people living with HIV in the Caribbean were aware of their status”. With regards to the Caribbean, the UNAIDS official said many countries in the region had achieved the WHO/PAHO revalidation process in relation to mother to child transmission of the virus. “One hopeful finding from the report is that the Caribbean countries have what it takes to scale up HIV services and reach ambitious goals. Some countries have achieved elements of the 1990 targets, while a couple others are just shy of the target. “Barbados has reached the target for testing, while Guyana has exceeded it with 94 per cent of people living with HIV diagnosed. Cuba is just shy of reaching the treatment target while Haiti has gotten an amazing 98 per cent of diagnosed people on treatments.” He said to reach the 1990 targets the Caribbean would need to get 42,000 more people diagnosed, 61, 000 on treatment and 75,000 barrels of pca, warning thiss may not happen. “The crisis is an opportunity to adopt multi-monthly dispensing of HIV infections for stable patients in accordance with PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation) WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines”. CMC