Clarksville to see 6 new HUD grant homes, fire truck | News

CLARKSVILLE — Six new homes through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants will complete a whole dozen in Clarksville.

At a Tuesday Clarksville City Council meeting, grant writer Kathy Boyles presented bids from local construction companies to build the homes, and Ron Doe Home Builders of Paris was selected as the lowest bidder at $94,400. Boyles also recently worked with the City of Deport to bring new homes to Lamar County.

In other business, Police Chief Mark Gable and Fire Chief Rocky Tolison gave the council updates from the past month, both reflecting on a massive fire that broke out in a historic building in the 100 block of East Broadway in late October.

The council praised Tolison and his department, as well as Gable, for their prompt response to the blaze, and Tolison thanked the 18 fire departments and volunteer fire departments that responded to help out

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Ar Hud Abu Bakar celebrates the joy of the outdoors through his home

Nestled in the quiet slopes of Damansara is a home of concrete and timber, generously fringed with verdant foliage. Seemingly closed off from the rest of the world, is a hillside haven belonging to Ar Hud Abu Bakar, principal of RSP Architects. The structure has been home to his family (and three cats) for the last six years.

“I used to live in Kota Damansara in a slightly bigger house, but I thought I wanted something simpler like an apartment. As you get older, you want a smaller, simpler home,” he admits.

Despite Hud’s desire for simplicity, arguing “the land is not that big,” he confesses the result is a little larger than preferred. Using the unusual topography to his advantage, in which the terrain is higher in the front yard and lower at the back, Hud exploits the steep incline to create a waterfall from textured split stones. The

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Comprehensive Healthcare secures HUD agreement to keep veterans home operating | Local

Comprehensive Healthcare has entered an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will keep a Yakima group home for veterans in operation.

The group home is operated by Comprehensive and had been funded by a Veterans Affairs per diem grant the past 20 years.

Known as the VIP House, the group home at 301 S. Sixth St. provides shelter for eight veterans and a case manager who connects them to employment and social services.

But in June, its operations were jeopardized when the VA announced it would no longer provide the annual grant. Last year the grant amount was $87,000.

At that time, Comprehensive promised to find alternative funding or housing for those veterans. Last month Comprehensive secured a HUD contract to keep the VIP House operating.

The VIP House was established in 1999 and the property was donated by the city, which allows for low

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HUD urges localities to prevent evictions by using grant funds

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Rental assistance to prevent evictions is an allowable use of $7 billion in HUD CARES Act funds

Consistent with President Donald Trump’s executive order “Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to minimize displacement and evictions resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic national emergency. HUD is reminding all grantees – states, cities, communities and nonprofits – who received Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that they may use these funds to provide rental assistance or other aid to individuals experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic and are at risk of being evicted, consistent with applicable laws, regulations and guidance.

“From day one of this pandemic, the administration has done everything in our power to ensure that the American

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Hartford Tenant Lawsuit Alleges HUD Violated Fair Housing Act

A group of former residents from Hartford’s North End is taking on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Center for Leadership and Justice filed suit on their behalf Wednesday, claiming that HUD failed to reduce segregation when giving them options for new housing.

Tenants endured black mold hanging from the ceiling. Mothers watched mice run through their children’s cribs on the baby monitor. These claims were listed by members of the groups filing the suit outside Barbour Garden Apartments Wednesday.

“Every family we talked to who had kids had at least one kid with asthma, which can be triggered or exacerbated by mold.” said Erin Boggs, the Executive Director of the Open Communities Alliance, one of the groups working on this lawsuit.

“One of our clients discussed how she had witnessed—outside her building with her son—an execution style shooting,” Boggs said of one of the tenants who

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Hartford families sue HUD; allege Fair Housing Act violations

For years, Marina Ilarraza’s family lived in a government-subsidized apartment in Hartford’s North End where mold adorned the shower, the windows wouldn’t shut, the heat worked sporadically and the water ran brown.

In the basement, a sewage backup left behind fleas and rotting cats. Drug violence in the neighborhood often prevented her children from playing outside.

She wanted out but had few options – until 2019, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ended the last of its contracts with the landlords of the Ilarrazas’ apartment and two others in the city because of the deplorable conditions inside.

Ilarraza had hoped that the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that HUD gave her would help her find a better place, but she and others who had lived in the three apartments soon found that they had very few options. Some – including Ilarraza – wound up stuck in Hartford,

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HUD official to Chicago: delay shredder’s final permit

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago should delay a final operating permit to the owner of a scrap shredder while the government looks into whether a pending move to the city’s southeast side would violate the rights of residents there, a U.S. Housing and Urban Development official said.

In a letter to the city’s law department, Lon Meltesen, director of HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in Chicago, said a city permit likely would hurt a civil rights inquiry into General Iron’s proposed move, the Chicago Tribune reported.

HUD officials last month confirmed they were investigating after community groups filed a complaint saying the business’ move from a wealthy, largely white neighborhood to a low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood violated federal fair housing laws.

The complaint alleges the city is aiding the transfer of the metal-shredding operations with a history of pollution problems to the southeast side through an agreement signed

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HUD perpetuated racial segregation in Hartford area

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has perpetuated racial segregation in Connecticut’s capital by failing to help poor Black and Hispanic families living in dilapidated, federally subsidized housing move to better neighborhoods in the city and suburbs, residents allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The complaint was filed in federal court by 10 former residents of three housing complexes in Hartford’s North End and by the nonprofit Center for Leadership and Justice.

HUD terminated contracts with the buildings’ owners in 2018 and 2019 that had paid them millions of dollars, amid pressure from local organizations that said conditions at the complexes were inhumane.

The buildings, which housed about 250 families, had rats, mice, cockroaches, mold, exposed wires, flooding, blocked emergency exits and missing toilets, the groups said.

HUD gave tenants relocation vouchers under the Section 8 program and was supposed to provide services aimed

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HUD funds relocation assistance for local Housing and Development Authorities

RICHMOND – Low-income residents in Hopewell and Petersburg are set to benefit from a $1.6 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.



logo: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.6 million to agencies in Petersburg and Hopewell.


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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.6 million to agencies in Petersburg and Hopewell.

Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority have been awarded these funds to help households with relocation or replacement housing when their public housing units become slated for a HUD-approved plan for demolition, disposition or mandatory conversion.

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“Virginian’s are facing a great deal of uncertainty during this unprecedented time and should not have added concern if they are displaced due to the need for construction on their home,” said Joe DeFelice, Regional Administrator for HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “These funds will bring peace of mind to individuals in impacted housing units and allow them to focus on things that

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HUD awards $1.6 million to agencies in Hopewell and Petersburg

RICHMOND – Low-income residents in Hopewell and Petersburg are set to benefit from a $1.6 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority have been awarded these funds to help households with relocation or replacement housing when their public housing units become slated for a HUD-approved plan for demolition, disposition or mandatory conversion.

“Virginian’s are facing a great deal of uncertainty during this unprecedented time and should not have added concern if they are displaced due to the need for construction on their home,” said Joe DeFelice, Regional Administrator for HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “These funds will bring peace of mind to individuals in impacted housing units and allow them to focus on things that really matter, like the health and well-being of them and their loved ones.”

HRHA is getting $657,000 to fund 98 tenant

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