About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Home / Daily Dose / HUD Allocates $5B to Create Affordable Housing Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago HUD Allocates $5B to Create Affordable Housing Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Previous: Remote Workers Push for Second Homes Next: Decline in Active Forbearance is Largest in Six Months Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 8, 2021 1,303 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will allocate about $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to create affordable housing and provide services for those facing homelessness.HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge delivered the news during a Zoom conference with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin.”Homelessness in the United States was increasing even before COVID-19, and we know the pandemic has only made the crisis worse,” Fudge said. “HUD’s swift allocation of this $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funding reflects our commitment to addressing homelessness as a priority. With this strong funding, communities across the country will have the resources needed to give homes to the people who have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic without one.”It’s been about a month since HUD released its 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1 to Congress. The report found that 580,466 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020, an increase of 12,751 people, or 2.2%, from 2019.At the time, Fudge called the results of the study “startling.”Brown says he will continue working with Secretary Fudge and the Biden Administration to dispense the funding to communities and to build on efforts outlined in the American Jobs Plan.”America was facing an affordable housing and homelessness crisis long before COVID-19, Brown said. “We passed the American Rescue Plan to get help to communities around the country … to ensure a roof over families’ heads during this pandemic and into the future.”Whitmer says the American Rescue Plan’s critical investment will help hundreds of thousands of Americans find home.”This $5 billion commitment will have a tangible impact on fellow Americans and Michiganders experiencing housing insecurity, and I am proud of the Biden Administration’s efforts to address homelessness as we continue to build back better.”Echoing those sentiments, Woodfin agreed the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened our nation’s homelessness crisis but, Woodfin says, “with this assistance comes new hope.” “It will represent a new start for so many families after such a challenging year, especially minority families who were hit so disproportionately hard by the pandemic. We’re grateful that these funds will help pave the way for a new generation of minority homeowners.”The $4.925 billion in HOME-ARP funding gives states the flexibility to best meet the needs of people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, including through development of affordable housing, tenant-based rental assistance, supportive services, and acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units, according to a HUD press release.Funds must be spent by 2030, HUD announced.The nearly $5 billion in HOME-ARP funding is the first of two homelessness-related funding opportunities from the American Rescue Plan that HUD will release. In the coming weeks, HUD will announce the allocation of funding for emergency vouchers for people experiencing and at-risk of homelessness, the press release noted.This funding is supposed to deliver near-term relief to people experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness, HUD says.”President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would build on this relief with additional robust funding to bring the United States closer to ending homelessness and housing instability,” according to the department.Secretary Fudge tweeted the graphic Thursday:The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package or American Rescue Plan, is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill.The supplemental funding announced today is allocated through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to 651 grantees, including states, insular areas, and local governments. Visit HUD.gov for a full list. 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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s public services are paralyzed as the government ordered a near shutdown of operations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and deaths. The southern African country is on a tight lockdown imposed in early January and last week the government ordered that only 10% of its employees should report for work to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. Usually crowded government offices were deserted on Monday, with officials only attending to emergencies such as issuing burial orders. Some people waited dejected outside government offices, even though guards told them to return home. Four Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers have died of COVID-19 so far, three within the past two weeks.
Georgia’s peanut harvest is in top gear. Georgia growers planted the fewest acres of peanuts in recent history, and what they planted faced drought, diseases and damaging insects all growing season. Yields will be volatile, from zero in some fields to setting records in others.In this episode of “In the Field” Brad Haire, news director with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, speaks with John Beasley, peanut agronomist with UGA Cooperative Extension, about a harvest “farmers will be happy to get in the wagons and sold.”Watch Georgia 2011 peanut harvest.
Allardyce was left less than impressed by the reaction of Spanish defender Flores. “He has allowed people to say to players ‘you can get away with simulation to get someone sent off or get a decision in your favour’, that is clear for all to see on what happened,” said Allardyce, who had laughed at the player’s theatrics in front of the dugout at Upton Park. “Howard thought that Andy has smashed him straight in the face by his reaction and then when you see it after there is little or no contact and it is nowhere near his face, so it is a shame. “The other scenario that he must feel a lot more guilty of is he has just got his manager sacked.” Allardyce presented some statistics to the media ahead of the conference, highlighting an increase in the number of red cards shown this season. He added: “The sad thing is if you’re giving out red cards you have to be 100 per cent certain. We have had two and they couldn’t have been 100 per cent certain.” Despite such an unsettled lead-up to the fixture, Allardyce expects a professional display at Villa Park as West Ham look to build on their draw at Chelsea and victory over Swansea to pull themselves out of the relegation zone. “I hope the players are angry, as angry as I am, and I hope they take that anger out in a positive manner against Aston Villa to go and prove we can still win a game of football without Andy,” he said. “We are coming out of a very difficult period and are now proving that when everybody’s fit and available, our results will turn. “This is our best spell, a four-game run with seven points and we would like to continue from there. “However, we must remember we have to maintain a level of performance which we have shown recently and try to better it, because that is the way forwards to try to get ourselves further up the league. “We have all seen the benefit of a quick run of results with the way the table is laid out, so in the next few days, on Saturday and then Tuesday night (at home to Norwich), we could have ourselves in and around 11th or 10th position, if we do the job right and that will relieve an awful lot of pressure on ourselves.” West Ham issued a brief statement on their official website. It read: “Whilst West Ham United are obviously disappointed at the decision, as we have made clear throughout, we respect the rules of football and shall abide by them.” The Hammers are unhappy that the England international’s ban – a consequence of his dismissal against Swansea last week after an altercation with defender Chico Flores – was not overturned by the FA, and took the case to tribunal in the pursuit of what manager Sam Allardyce claimed was “justice”. However, the independent panel, at which the FA was also represented, found “there was no serious issue to be tried” and as such rejected West Ham’s submissions, meaning Carroll must serve out his punishment. West Ham striker Andy Carroll will serve a three-match suspension, starting immediately, after an independent arbitration tribunal dismissed a legal challenge by the club against the Football Association’s decision to uphold the player’s red card. Press Association The forward will miss upcoming games against Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton. A statement from the FA read: “An independent arbitration tribunal convened under FA Rule K has today dismissed a legal challenge brought by West Ham United FC and Andy Carroll in relation to the red card received by Carroll in the match between West Ham United FC and Swansea City FC on 1 February 2014. “The independent tribunal resolved that there was no serious issue to be tried and also awarded the FA its costs.” Irons boss Allardyce firmly believes the east London club were right to take the matter further, with the fallout from the FA’s decision dominating the scheduled pre-match media conference on Friday morning before the final decision of the tribunal was known. “I think the whole procedure in terms of how we put our case together and the vast swell of people felt it was unjust and for me the panel has not seen it how they should have seen it and as the evidence we gave,” he said. “In this case they were looking at it from the view of one thing only: was it an obvious mistake? “So we based our procedure on this, and I’m 100 per cent certain it was an obvious mistake – (referee) Howard Webb should have given a free-kick for Andy against Flores, at that stage the whistle blows and there’s no incident, so that’s an obvious mistake, because it is an obvious free-kick. “For me the conclusion could only have been that he felt that even though he hadn’t seen it 100 per cent, he was reluctant not to give a red card on the basis that if Andy had caught him full in the face or elbowed him or used violent conduct, which he didn’t, it was at very best reckless, then he would’ve been in trouble with his group of referees and his bosses for not giving it.” read more