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Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in Pennsylvania

first_img April 12, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced conditional awards totaling $43.4 million in low-income housing tax credits and approximately $3.8 million in PennHOMES funding for the construction of 39 affordable multifamily housing developments in Pennsylvania. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board.“These tax credits are crucial because they fill a current void in the housing marketplace,” said Governor Wolf. “Low-income housing tax credits make possible the construction of affordable rental housing that otherwise wouldn’t get built. Given the ongoing demand for affordable housing, the apartments we make possible with this funding will make people’s lives better and will meet a critical need in communities statewide.”When completed, the developments receiving conditional funding today will preserve and create an additional 1,941 rental housing units for Pennsylvania residents.“We’re grateful that Congress retained the Low-income Housing Tax Credit program, and provided a slight increase, in last year’s tax reform bill,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “When you look at how well these tax credits leverage our public-private partnerships for building affordable housing, the value of this program is unmistakably clear.”Two proposals receiving conditional awards today were selected by a jury of affordable housing professionals under a special “Innovation in Design” category. Fallbrook, located in Carbondale and sponsored by United Neighborhood Community Development Corporation, will consist of new construction plus the rehabilitation of a former hospital into 36 units of affordable housing that promotes inter-generational living and services for its residents. The other development, Liberty 52, Stephen F. Gold Community Residences, will create 24 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals with physical disabilities and autism in Philadelphia. Liberty Housing Development Corp is the sponsor of that development.The 39 multifamily housing proposals that are being awarded conditional tax credits can be viewed on the PHFA website at: https://www.phfa.org/mhp/; see the first item listed under “News.”last_img read more

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Diversion Authority Appeals Permit Decision by BRRWD

first_imgThe Fargo Moorhead Diversion Board of Authority has voted to appeal the decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) to deny a permit for the FM Area Diversion Project and to direct legal counsel to explore all other legal actions. The BRRWD voted 3-3 on the permit application June 24, 2019 at which time it excused the audience related to that topic.Later at the same meeting, the BRRWD voted 4-2 to deny the permit application without notifying the public or the permit applicant.“We worked in good faith with the Watershed District for months on ten permit conditions to address their concerns, which are in addition to the 54 conditions of the DNR’s permit, so we are confident our permit application more than complied with the rules that govern the Watershed District,” said Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling, Chair of the Diversion Authority. “The Authority Board felt that the Watershed District’s action clearly conflicted with their own rules and with the earlier Order by the DNR Commissioner allowing for reasonable local conditions consistent with Minnesota laws.”“The Minnesota DNR’s decision to grant a permit last December after a detailed study of 33 alternatives shows that this Project complies with Minnesota law and is the right Project. For the Watershed to turn their nose up at the findings of the DNR and the work of two Governors’ Taskforce really left our board no choice but to appeal,” said Clay County Commissioner Kevin Campbell, Vice-Chair of the Diversion Authority.  “BRRWD actions will only end up costing local taxpayers more money, so we have also directed our legal counsel to explore all legal options available to us against those who would rather play games than protect Clay and Cass County from flooding.”The Diversion Authority applied for a permit in January for work within the BRRWD. After months of coordination with the Diversion Authority, the Army Corps, and the Minnesota DNR, the BRRWD released draft permit conditions. The BRRWD requested an extension to act on the permit through June 28, 2019, which had been granted by the Diversion Authority.“Construction on the Diversion Project for this year is moving forward and is not impacted by the actions by the Watershed. The Project is still critical to the people of Cass and Clay Counties, and will get built,” concluded Scherling.last_img read more

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Labour pledges to push for same-sex adoption

first_imgNZ Herald 14 Oct 2011The Labour Party will legalise adoption for gay and lesbian people under its new “Rainbow Issues” policy – an issue the Prime Minister has put on the backburner, saying it is not a priority.The Labour Party policy was released this week, including a promise to modernise the law “to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need”.Labour MP Charles Chauvel said there was a misperception same-sex couples could adopt, when that was not the case under the Adoption Act 1955. The new stance confirmed as formal party policy the private member’s bill by Labour MP Jacinda Ardern to allow same-sex adoption.Mr Chauvel said Labour would ask the Law Commission to consider the law and modernise it.Prime Minister John Key has consistently refused to change the law to allow same-sex adoptions, despite feting the gay community with annual appearances and dancing on the stage at the Big Gay Out. He has said it is not a priority during the economic downturn, given the low number of adoptions in NZ.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10758893last_img read more

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Tipp skipper hopeful ahead of Kingdom showdown

first_imgLiam Kearns’ side face Kerry in the provincial decider on Sunday.The Kingdom – who are hoping to be crowned champions for the fourth year in succession – are red hot favourites to lift the trophy.Peter believes the historic semi-final victory over Cork has given the players a huge confidence boost. Our build-up to live commentary on the big match will begin at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon – coverage will be brought to you in association with Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town.last_img

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Alpena citizens share what they love about their fathers

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Profile of Ghanaian league raised by sports betting business

first_imgA reputable sports betting brand in Europe, mybet.com, says it is contributing to raising the profile of the Ghanaian football league.Sports’ betting entails placing a bet on the outcome of a sporting event with the primary intent to win additional money.Mybet.com Ghana is regulated by the Gaming Commission to take bets on sporting events across the globe, with special interest in soccer.“Since we came to the market, we have included the Ghanaian leagues in it, so as to give it more of a local content”, said Kwaku Ohemeng Agyei, Chief Executive Officer of the company.Sporting wagers can be on fixture or tournament results. For example, in a football game between Asante Kotoko and Chelsea, possible bets include Kotoko to beat Chelsea, Kotoko to win 2-1, Kotoko to win by one goal, Kotoko to be leading at half-time, and a particular player to score a goal.“Now we have bookmakers across the globe inquiring about the local leagues, thinking that if we’re taking bets on the local league, then there is credibility to the local league”, stated Mr. Agyei. Mybet.com Ghana has ventured the Kumasi market, after successfully operating outlets in the capital city, Accra for the past eight months.The CEO described the Kumasi market as huge with prospects to grow the business and excite sports enthusiasts.“Sports betting is totally different from lottery because lottery if pure luck”, he explained. “If you research well and you know your team, you can basically make money everyday from sports betting… it’s something that you can calculate and win”.The firm is hoping to take bets on other social events, including political elections.last_img read more

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Immigrant jail loses accreditation

first_imgTERMINAL ISLAND: The facility is still holding people who await deportation but lost its status in August. By Peter Prengaman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The immigration detention facility on Terminal Island, one of several in the nation to come under scrutiny from immigrant and civil rights groups, has lost its accreditation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The center houses several hundred illegal immigrants who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are facing deportation. The facility lost accreditation in August after failing to comply with mandatory standards, an official with the Alexandria, Va.-based American Correctional Association told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public comments. Citing agency policy, the official declined to release the inspection report or elaborate on why the facility failed the renewal inspection, done every three years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice confirmed the lost accreditation but said it was not related to detainee care – an issue that’s drawn criticism and lawsuits. “It was a facility maintenance issue,” said Kice, who declined to elaborate. Kice said the problem was corrected, and the agency planned to apply for reaccreditation early next year. The facility is still operating, and it was unclear what continued loss of accreditation could mean for it long term. Accreditation is important for immigration and other correctional facilities because it shows that national standards of care have been met, provides arguments against lawsuits and can reduce liability and insurance costs. Ranjana Natarajan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said immigration facilities strive for accreditation, so having it revoked was significant. “We don’t yet know the specific reason” for losing it, she said. “But we do know there are serious problems.” The facility came under sharp criticism last summer when a transgender Mexican immigrant with AIDS being housed there died while in custody. The family claimed Victor Arellano was improperly denied medical attention, a contention immigration officials rejected. In recent years, the ACLU and other groups have sued ICE over several detention facility issues, including alleged inadequate access to health care and prolonged detention. A lawsuit filed by the ACLU in June, aiming to stop immigration authorities from forcibly drugging deportees, cited an immigrant allegedly drugged at the Terminal Island facility.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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