Today, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1,430,000.00 to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, a grantee of HIV-AIDS housing programs in Vermont. This supportive housing grant will offer critically needed housing and support services to extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDs. During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help provide permanent supportive housing so they can manage their illnesses while receiving critically needed support services.The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of these previously funded projects in Vermont (see project description below).‘These grants are a vital source of support to the local programs that are on the ground working to keep families healthy,’ said New England Regional Administrator Barbara G. Fields. ‘Knowing that you have a place to call home can make all the difference to the wellbeing of families living with HIV/AIDS, many of whom have been on the brink of homelessness.’ GRANTEE NAMECITYAWARDVermont Housing and Conservation BoardMontpelier$1,430,000TOTAL$1,430,000 These projects have estimated that about 40 percent of the households to be assisted will involve persons who have been homeless. The grants announced today also support the Obama Administration’s new strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, an unprecedented initiative announced last June at the White House. In February 2011, HUD released its plan to guide the agency’s actions under the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As the nation’s housing agency, HUD will contribute a variety of housing resources to promote better integration of housing interventions into comprehensive HIV care systems. Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are an essential part of the comprehensive system of care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is also vital for these households in allowing them to access consistent medical care and maintain their health. Furthermore, secure housing can be a platform for improved quality of life. Ninety percent of HOPWA funds are distributed by formula to cities and states based on the number of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HUD’s formula grants are managed by 124 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. HUD is making available a record $334 million in HOPWA funds this year to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist 60,669 households annually to promote stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges. HOPWA FY2011 Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grant SummariesVermont The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant for $1,430,000 to continue a statewide HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services program. This innovative program provides long-term rental assistance, short-term emergency housing assistance, and the provision of supportive services and case management through regional AIDS service organizations. The program integrates housing, health care, and a range of supportive services, into a single statewide delivery system. This project will support 30 individuals annually with tenant-based rental assistance and 108 households with short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance. Additionally, 251 individuals will receive supportive services annually. This collaborative partnership includes the following organizations: Vermont Committee for AIDS Resources, Education and Services, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, Vermont State Housing Authority, and HIV/HCV Resource Center.
In almost every industry the traditional boundaries defining it have blurred. Banking was a little later than some in this digital transformation, but no longer. New entrants seriously challenge long-held notions of how financial services are defined and delivered.Eight in ten bank and credit union chief marketing officers, surveyed by Accenture, acknowledge that consumers are becoming more open to engaging with new entrants for products and services. The success of direct banks such as Ally and Marcus by Goldman Sachs, as well as some challenger banks such as mobile-only bank Chime, which now says it has signed up five million customers, serve as clear indications of this new landscape.As a further indication of the changed landscape, more than three quarters of financial institution CMOs agree that the new banking players use customer experience as the key differentiator and that they are often better at providing more relevant offerings than traditional players, according to the Accenture survey. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
– ‘Hooper’ sisters, Winston George also winnersTHERE were no surprises or feelings of disappointment on Saturday evening when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) hosted its annual awards ceremony at the Umana Yana to honour the country’s top youth, junior and senior male and female athletes and coaches.Winston George, the country’s 400M record holder and 2017 South American Games gold medallist, was named the Senior Male Athlete-of-the-Year. Troy Doris, the US-based triple jumper picked up the runner-up accolade.University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) student, Natrena Hooper was named the senior Female Athlete-of-the-Year for her several good showing competing in the High Jump, while Tenesha Cort, the national Javelin record holder, finished second.Meanwhile, it came as no surprise that Linden would dominate the youth and junior categories, taking into consideration that the fastest athletes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres, as well as in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, all came from Linden.long-standing athletics coach, Leslie Blacks handing over the Coach-of-the-Year award to Linden’s Johnny Greavesande.Compton Caesar, who won Guyana’s first ever 100M Gold at CARIFTA Games, won the Junior Male Athlete-of-the-Year award. Anfernee Headecker, Silver Medallist in the 1500M at last year’s CARIFTA Games, finished behind Caesar.CARIFTA Games Triple-Jump Gold Medallist Natricia Hooper (Natrena’s younger sister), edged Linden’s Onassha Roger for the Junior Female Athlete-of-the-Year title.Daniel Williams, the IAAF World U-18 400M silver medallist and South American Youth record holder (400M: 46.72 seconds) was a no-brainer for the Male Youth Athlete-of-the-Year award, while emerging sprinter Jermaine King (South American Youth Games silver medallist) was runner-up.Chantoba Bright who had a sensational year in the pits, competing in the long and triple jumps, won the Female Athlete-of-the-Year award, while Monroe College’s middle-distance athlete, Claudrice McKoy tied with Kenisha Phillips for second place, behind the Lindener.Linden’s Johnny Greavesande, the coach of Bright and Williams, maintained his Coach-of-the-Year title, while the President’s Award went to another Lindener, Moses Pantlitz, coach of Rogers, Caesar and Deshanna Skeete.
At the ECOWAS human rights day celebration high table, President-elect Weah, seated next to Pres. Sirleaf gave his speech.President-elect George Weah has committed to taking steps in education to develop the minds of the youth.Weah spoke yesterday in Monrovia at the ECOWAS Human Rights Day celebrated under the theme, “Promoting rights to education towards the ECOWAS Vision 2020.”He said the rebuilding of Liberia’s education sector after 14 years of civil war will continue to be a serious challenge to successive governments of Liberia.“The war did not only destroy our educational infrastructures but also changed our attitude towards education and created a huge demand for qualified teachers and professors for schools, vocational institutions, and universities. We hope that…our partners in ECOWAS and the international community will give us their support,” Weah said.Contrary to his earlier stated position that ‘education cannot build the nation and cannot put food on the table,’ Weah said, “Education is important because it gives knowledge…and it also develops in humans a perspective of looking at life and points of view in life.”He said he strongly believes that the denial of an individual’s access to education “is a human rights violation because the inability of any child to get an education because of the lack of school, sub-standard school, or high cost of schooling constitutes a denial of that child’s right to education.”Weah said the vast majority of Liberian youth cannot find employment because of the lack of skills, and the many few who have skills are not experts in their areas of discipline.“We need more and better-trained teachers not only for our vocational institutions but for our schools and universities. The 14 years of civil war made it impossible for most of our children in the early 1990s to attend school as all educational institutions were destroyed,” he said.Weah indicated that vocational institutions are the best way forward to enable young adults to enter the job market as most of them have already assumed family responsibilities.He said the vast majority of learning institutions in Liberia lack science labs, libraries and textbooks, which are all crucial to the learning process.“I’m sure that with collective efforts we can together achieve the 2020 goal of ECOWAS in promoting education as a human right obligation of all West African governments to our children,” he said.Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her keynote address said out of the many broad areas of pain that human rights are concerned with, it is important that the theme of this year’s celebration ‘…to the attainment of ECOWAS Vision 2020’ could not have been chosen at a better time.She said ECOWAS set aside January 16 to be celebrated each year as ‘ECOWAS Human Rights Day’ in order to promote human rights and inclusive governance with regard to women and the youth.President Sirleaf said it is obvious that if “we must promote human rights and achieve inclusive governance with a focus on women and youth then the education of women and youth including children remain indispensable.”She said young people are the future leaders of Africa and they will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the continent, therefore investing in education and training is significant in building an educated and skilled workforce and as a means of encouraging innovation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)