Leahy Announces $1.2 M. In Grants To Vermont’s NeighborWorks Centers

first_imgAs Foreclosure And AffordableHousing Crisis Spreads& Leahy Announces $1.2 M.In GrantsTo VermontsNeighborWorks CentersTo Sustain TheirAffordable Housing DevelopmentAnd Ownership Counseling LOCAL CONTACTS:Preston Jump, Central Vermont Community Land Trust, (802) 476-4493 ext204Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust, (802) 862-6244Merten Bangemann-Johnson, Gilman Housing Trust, (802) 334-1541 ext 202Luddy Biddle, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, (802) 236-2586Jeff Staudinger, Rockingham Area Community Land Trust, (802) 885-3220ext 220Mia Joiner-Moore, NeighborWorks America, (617) 585-5016 The five Vermont NeighborWorks organizations receiving grants are: WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 7) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)announced Thursday that Vermonts five NeighborWorks organizations aregetting $1.2 million in NeighborWorks America grants.  According toNeighborWorks America, a federally funded nonprofit housing organization, theirpartnership with the Vermont NeighborWorks organizations will help invest $46million into Vermont communities this year to stimulate economic developmentand bring more affordable housing opportunities to Vermonters.  . . .Leahy Helped Create 1st NeighborWorks Organization In Vermont In 1993center_img Leahy, a senior member ofthe Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Transportationand Housing and Urban Development, which handles the Senates work inwriting the annual budget bills that fund NeighborWorks America, helpedestablish Vermonts first NeighborWorks organization in 1993 through agrant to Rutland West NHS, currently NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. Leahy said Vermont organizations depend on annual NeighborWorks grants toprovide a wide variety of housing-related services from affordable housingdevelopment to homeownership counseling and the establishment of revolving loanfunds or alternative mortgage solutions for Vermonters struggling to purchasehomes.Despite increased demandfor affordable housing options for low to moderate income Americans, Leahy saidthe Bush Administration has essentially level-funded the NeighborWorks Americaprogram nationwide below $120 million during each of the past threeyears.  And despite the nationwide housing foreclosure crisis and housingslump, the President actually seeks to cut $155 million from the program in hisbudget proposal submitted to Congress this week.  Earlier this year, inthe budget for the current fiscal year, Congress more than doubled theNeighborWorks America budget to address the national home foreclosurecrisis.  That new funding, unrelated to Wednesdays announcement,will be competitively awarded to housing organizations later this year.Over the last 15years, since we established Vermonts first NeighborWorks organization,we have expanded the number of nonprofit housing organizations eligible forthese grants and brought millions of dollars into Vermont to house the mostvulnerable Vermonters and to make homeownership a reality for manyothers, said Leahy, who has led an effort to increase funding forhousing programs within HUD and for the NeighborWorks program.  Wecould do much more to stimulate this economy and fend off recession if the BushAdministration focused on the urgent housing needs of Americans instead ofpumping tens of billions of dollars every month overseas for the misguided warin Iraq.  I will continue to fight for affordable housing assistance forVermonters, who are struggling all the more as the economy worsens.  Asfar as the federal budget is concerned, this is the kind of high priority hereat home that the war in Iraq is not. ·       Central Vermont Community Land Trust in Barre: $144,725·       Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington: $412,296·       Gilman Housing Trust of Newport and Lyndonville: $207,428·       NeighborWorks of Western Vermont in West Rutland: $265,000·       Rockingham Area Community Land Trust in Springfield: $215,000 NeighborWorks was established in 1978 by Congress.  According toNeighborWorks America, over the last five years the NeighborWorks network hashelped leverage nearly $15 billion in Americas urban, rural, andsuburban communities; assisted more than 80,000 Americans become homeowners;and developed and managed more than 70,000 units of affordable, high-qualitymultifamily housing.  This year, NeighborWorks America will provide morethan $76 million to its network of more than 230 community-based nonprofitorganizations.  # # # # #last_img read more

Rickie Williams hands District 11 the first win as ‘Nationals’ commences

first_imgWITH his arms outstretched as he crossed the finishing line, and falling to his knees in celebration when it was all over, North Georgetown’s Rickie Williams celebrated his win of the boys’ open 10km road race in dramatic style after recording the first victory at the 57th National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships, which officially began yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre on the West Coast of Demerara.The race was a good opening morale boost for North Georgetown, which once again faces an uphill battle in trying to wrestle back the Championship title from long time arch rival, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10).The win was also a long-awaited redress for Williams, who still feels that he was unfairly unseated in the same event last year when he represented District 1, and the race was won by District 6’s Delroy Leitch.District 9’s Margaret Augusto wins the girls’ 10km road race (Samuel Maughn photo)This year Williams came out gunning with a plan, and ensured he did everything in his power to secure his win; and he did so with a massive lead ahead of the rest of the competition, clocking a time of 35 minutes and 32 seconds.“The race was good. I went out there with a plan and I’m glad I was able to stick to it. The plan was to run the first 7km not too hard, and then the last 3km hard,” Williams told reporters after the victory.His next event will be the 5000m on Friday and he’s very much excited to take another win when the time comes around.Second place for the 10km road race went to South Georgetown’s (District 13) Mathew McKenzie, who clocked 36 minutes and 20 seconds. Rupununi’s (District 9) Garvin Stephan took the final podium position with a time of 36 minutes and 49 seconds.The first female to enter the NTAFC in the 10km road race was District 9’s Margaret Augusto, who claimed her win with much support from the animated crowd that came out to witness the opening of the Championships.Augusto’s time in the event was unavailable up to press time. The other results of the other female competitors were also unavailable. The 10km road race ran concurrently to the opening ceremony for the Championships, after which the heats of the 800m races were run off.However, aside from the two 10km, the day also saw the completion of four other finals. However, again no results were made available by the Guyana Teachers Union.The Championships continue tomorrow with swimming at the National Aquatic Centre, and cycling at the National Park. Both events begin at 9.00hrs.The track and field competition continues at the NTAFC from Tuesday and runs until Friday; starting at 10.00hrs daily.last_img read more