Archive for June, 2009

June 27, 2009

Foreclosures rising homeless persons rates!

As this economic dilemma continues, the affects are being felt on financial forefronts that may have never been touched if this economic situation weren’t so harsh and widespread. The effects of the closing of this nations largest lending and mortgage banks along with the closing of this nations largest automobile maker has left america scrambling for answers as our falling economy brings froth the threat of homelessness to those that may have never though that this situation would affect them as working american citizens.

On June 26, 2009, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, along with six other homeless advocacy organizations, issued a joint report titled Foreclosure to Homelessness 2009. The purpose of this study was to better understand the connection between homelessness and the recent uptick in foreclosures.

Here are a few of the most note-worthy findings in the study, from the National Alliance to End Homelessness:

Non-housing service providers estimated that 20 percent of their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Housing providers (including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing) estimated that five percent of their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Ten percent of all respondents estimated that their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Since organizations that serve very low-income folks reported that a higher portion of their clients were affected by foreclosure, these numbers suggest that many people who lost their home to foreclosure are on the brink of becoming homeless. In other words, a family may utilize services, such as a food pantry or legal aid, prior to becoming homeless and seeking shelter.

As the rise in forclosures are making it become aparent that the threat of homelessness is a factor that those that may have not expected this to happen to them develop, the effort to aid those in this time of crisis is becoming harder and harder to due with the fact that funding considerations for such service organization have been suspended in certain states and areas across the nation.

If you are a person that is experiencing the threat of homelessness due to job loss and/or foreclosure contact your local workforce, homeless service provider, non-profit organization to learn of ways to becoming self-sufficient once again.

The following are some organizations designed to help with further resources and projects to aid the thousands of Americans affected by the current economic crisis that the nation is facing.

National Alliance to End Homelessness
1518 K Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20005
(Tel) 202. 638.1526
http://www.endhomelessness.org

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.462.4822
http://nationalhomeless.org

Homeless Services Network of Central Florida
P.O. Box 547068
Orlando, FL 32854-7068
Phone: 407-893-0133
http://www.hsncfl.org

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June 27, 2009

Grant opportunities to help unemployed workers avoid foreclosure‏

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist. The Governor appreciates your request for information about grants and asked me to respond on his behalf.

The Governor’s office does not maintain information about available grants. There are several Web sites on the Internet that provide information about grants. Many people look to the government hoping to find out how to apply for a grant or to get “free money,” which they have seen advertised on television or in various publications. However, grants usually go to state and local governments or nonprofit organizations, which then use the money to operate assistance programs locally.

The Web site http://www.usa.gov has information about legitimate grant and loan opportunities.

Individuals looking for government grants and loans may wish to visit the Web site http://www.GovBenefits.gov, the official government benefits Web site, encompassing more than 400 federal and 600 state programs funded by various agencies. This site allows you to complete a confidential questionnaire and receive a list of programs that may apply to your situation.

States and organizations seeking grants may wish to visit http://www.grants.gov.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Crist. I hope this information is helpful.

Sincerely,

Office of Citizen Services
Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 488-4441

Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

June 27, 2009

Affordable Housing, Florida Response

Dear Mr. Shaw,

Thank you for your recent email regarding funding for affordable housing in Florida. As your State Representative, I appreciate learning of your concerns.

The fiscal challenges we’re experiencing in Tallahassee are a symptom of a slowing economy nationwide, not just in Florida. We are facing an unprecedented $6.3 billion deficit for next fiscal year and will be forced to make tough decisions regarding Florida’s budget.

Let me be clear – I don’t relish the fact that we are being forced to make these tough decisions, but we were elected to serve in good times and in bad, and we are constitutionally mandated to balance the budget. Unlike the federal government, we cannot spend money that we do not have.

As you are aware, over the last ten years we have appropriated $2.8 billion for affordable housing programs. Unfortunately, with continued decreases in state revenues we do not have the resources to fully fund these programs this fiscal year. After much deliberation and consideration, the House’s budget proposal returns $123 million from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to General Revenue in order to offset reductions to education, health care and public safety. This is a onetime transfer for the 2009-10 Fiscal Year and funding can be restored for next year. It is critical to understand that even though the House isn’t proposing to fund affordable housing this year, Florida will receiving over $559 million in federal stimulus money for affordable housing programs.

Our reductions to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation are not because we do not recognize the importance of affordable housing programs, but rather because we believe Florida is in a unique position at this time. For example, Florida currently has a surplus of 385,000 unsold homes on the market, which is 20 months of inventory. At a time when home prices are plummeting and there is an abundance of affordable housing, adding new housing can actually exacerbate the State’s economic problem. Home prices have also fallen about 20 percent in the past year, making it more affordable than ever to buy.

There are also federal, state and local housing programs that can help buyers purchase existing homes. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit was increase from $7,500 to $8,000 for purchases on or after January 1, 2009, and before December 1, 2009. The Florida House also has legislation this year, House Joint Resolution 97, provides an additional homestead exemption for a homeowner the first time he or she establishes a homestead in Florida.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns regarding affordable housing funding. As we continue through the budget process I will keep your thoughts in mind. If I may be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Representative Baxter G. Troutman

June 26, 2009

NBA Trades!

There is alot of action going on through-out the NBA as of now.

Check out some of the action at:

ESPN.com
ESPN tv (check local cable tv listings)
ESPN Radio (Chack local radio listings)
NBA.com
NBA Radio (chack local radio listings)
NBA TV (check local sat. and cable tv listings)

June 26, 2009

“ACTION AGAINST HUNGER” blog posting

I chosen to allow the information directed towards the services of the action against hunger network to being provided on my blog. Feel free to use some of the information posted to become aware of how you may participate.

Aaron Shaw

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER | ACF-USA
http://www.actionagainsthunger.org
Phone: 212-967-7800

Join our online network:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-Against-Hunger/13885075114?ref=ts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/acfusa
Change: http://www.change.org/actionagainsthunger
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/acfinternational

June 26, 2009

Homeless Services Network up coming workshop

For those that are wanting to place there information in on current hate crimes prevention and violence against the homeless in central Florida the Homeless Services Network will be hosting workshops for this subject.

HSN will be conducting a Violence Against the Homeless survey over the summer the will help us understand how we can better meet the needs of people who are homeless in Florida. Thank you for your feedback on the survey and would appreciate any help you can give in administering it. We’ll have the updated survey available soon.

website below:
http://www.hsncfl.org

June 26, 2009

Will the Gators miss Percy?

As the NFL season draws near, so does the season the marks the start of what should be an exciting college football season as well if you are a gator fan. This year the Gators are expected to return 11 star seniors and 14 juniors with-out the infamous Percy Harvin.

Will they miss Harvin as that out-side threat?

June 26, 2009

Some insight into Polk County and the consideration of a Railing System

Word in Polk County is that we may be getting a tranist system that runs via rail. The system is to bring the entire central Florida transportation effort to the extent of offering a new age consumer friendly environment friendly transit system.

Going off of a simular theory that the miami-dade comuter transit system works off of, railing systems seem to offer what other methods of mass transportation can’t offer. Thats time efficency and room.

To show concern to the workings of the system i sought out the advice of Mel Martinez to see why Polk Conty would seek to offer such a complex comuter transit system to be basicly terminaled in Lakeland.

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Railroad Competition and Service Improvement Act. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.

Congress deregulated the railroad industry in 1980 when it passed the Staggers Act. This law revitalized the industry, built efficiencies in the system, and bolstered the railroads as a critical component of America’s transportation infrastructure. However, the Staggers Act also provided for “differential pricing” which enables railroads to charge a customer more where the railroad is a monopoly in order to make up for the revenue it loses in a competitive, multi-railroad environment.

As you know, on March 21, 2007, Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the Railroad Competition Improvement and Reauthorization Act (S. 953). This legislation would require rail carriers, upon shipper request, to establish rates for transportation and provide requested service between any two points on the carrier’s system. In addition, it would clarify the Surface Transportation Board’s responsibility to promote competition among rail carriers.

S. 953 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where it awaits further consideration. Although I do not serve on this committee, please know that I will keep your support in mind shoule the full Senate consider S. 953 or related legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition, for more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at http://martinez.senate.gov.

Sincerely,

Mel Martinez
United States Senator

June 25, 2009

Micheal Jackson Dead at 50!

Today is the marking of a sad, sad day for music lovers alike.

Thursday June 25 2009 at about 2:30 in the afternoon at an estate in California Mr. Jackson was reported not breathing as an ambulance was called out to the estate that he was residing at.

Jackson was later reported dead at the UCLA medical center in California.

He was 50 years old.

June 25, 2009

Vince Carter now a Orlando Magic.

With-out any ado, the NBA draft has taken the league to new heights as the anticipation of the 2009 season heads into play.

The league is seeing much action as trades are now the high-light of the draft thus far with Shaquille O’Neal going to Cleveland and Vince Carter nonetheless heading off to Orlando. While with the New Jersy Nets Vince averaged 36 mintues a game to give him 20.8 points per and 5.1 rebounds.

In a trade in which the Orlando Magic gave up guard Rafer Alston, forward-center Tony Battie and guard Courtney Lee, that veteran status and go-to scoring presence that Carter is said to offer better amount to the Magic being eastern conference contenders again next season as a NBA franchise.

From one stand point it seems that the Orlando Magic resorting back to the older style of pick and trade considerations that landed them to becoming the worse team in the eastern conference during the 2003 NBA season.

After coming off of a season in which as a team adversity and individual production seems to have been better out of this particular Magic squad than any other is grounds enough to try to keep that chemistry going into next season, however that does not seem to be the approach the Orlando manager Otis Smith has in mind.

At a time which championship intentions are expected the element of experience rather than chemistry seems to please the Orlando office as the new front runner of the Orlando offense is said to be that of the seasoned 6’6 guard, 11 season eight time NBA all-star Vince Carter.