Posts tagged ‘economic crisis’

July 9, 2009

Section 8 vouchers to be increased, or not.

Currently there is legislation that is being sought to consider allowing 200,000 section 8 voucher to being place into circulation over the next ten years. This will happen only if the financial services committee approves.

Current consideratios of section 8 housing voucher voting.
The vote on the Shelly Moore Capito amendment to only authorize new 20,000 vouchers is rescheduled to tomorrow, Thursday, July 9 at 9:30 AM (edt).

Oppose the Capito amendment.
Support 200,000 new vouchers each year for 10 years.
this consideration carries the same implementations that the National Housing Trust Fund stand for currently.

National Low-income Hosuing Coalition

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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

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

“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

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June 24, 2009

Unemployment Risks!

14 states have run out of moeny alltoed towards unemployment claims.

http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/hows_your_states_unemployment_insurance_doing

May 27, 2009

The American Dollar!

How valuable is the american when considering the current economic situation that this nation is facing.

As an american this is a very valuable question that bothers me due to the fact that all around me the importance of being financially stable seems to bring forth bothersome subject as day in and day out unemployment and the increase of home forclosures are erupting into a modern day fiasco of unexplainable situations and circumstances.

The effect that the dollar take into consideration as the standard instrument of trade and financial status is attacted constantly due to the fact that every-one views the dollar with different aspects when survival in this modern day american society is determined.