House OKs bill prohibiting sale of Philippine properties in Japan

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Welfare on Tuesday approved the substitute bill which prohibited the sale of the four Philippine properties in Japan to aid war veterans.

During its meeting, the panel approved the substitute measure for House Bills 702, 1921, and 5841, which also mandated the use of proceeds from the development, lease, use or sale of certain government properties for veterans’ affairs and welfare.

The substitute bill provides for the development, lease, use, or sale of various properties of the government, including the Veterans Center in Taguig City and the former site of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office on Arroceros Street in Manila — the proceeds of which will be used to fund the pension and benefits of veterans and military retirees.

However, the “heritage properties proclaimed for veterans’ use and those given by the Japanese government under the reparation agreement shall not be subject to

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Santa Fe council OKs $2 million to help buy hotel to use for pandemic relief | Local News

Calling it a trailblazing project, Mayor Alan Webber and the City Council unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday to use $2 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help finance the purchase of a hotel on South St. Francis Drive to house people affected by the pandemic.

Plans call for the 122-unit Santa Fe Suites to be converted into studio apartments for people housed in temporary shelter, as well as renters who have lost their jobs or whose incomes have been substantially reduced as a result of the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a major first step for us to take to end housing instability in Santa Fe,” Alexandra Ladd, director of the city’s Office of Affordable Housing, told the council. “It is definitely not the last step we need to take, but I just wanted to emphasize that this is a really important first step.”

Ladd and

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Suffolk Legislature OKs creation of task force to tackle county’s zombie home crisis

The Suffolk County Legislature has approved the creation of a task force to combat the problem of blighted homes known as “zombie houses.”

The group will examine the problem of zombie homes — defined as houses in disrepair that have been abandoned and are in foreclosure — and develop strategies to reduce the number of these properties, promote homeownership and increase community revitalization.

“This was something that was important to my community when I first came in, and now with COVID and future concerns I think we have to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible,” said Legis. Rudy Sunderman (R-Shirley), who sponsored the bill, which was approved 17-0 Monday by the Legislature.

According to ATTOM Data Solutions, a California-based real estate information company, New York leads the country in zombie homes as of October, with 2,131, more than double that of the next closest state of

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Israel OKs more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes


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