Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office’s Housing Coordinator Laurie Stanton will be holding office hours on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 3pm to 5pm, in Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Stanton will assist residents with their affordable housing questions.The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office helps people find affordable housing in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Saugus.If you are unable to attend office hours on this date, future dates will be announced. Laurie can also be reached at her Reading Office at 781-942-6667 during normal business hours.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On April 25In “Government”Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents On December 5 & December 19 At Town HallIn “Government”last_img read more

CBI nabs 2 IT officers in Bengaluru seizes Rs 17 crore in

first_imgThe Central Bureau of InvestigationCHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an Income Tax (IT) department officer in Bengaluru for accepting a bribe of Rs 14 lakh, the CBI sleuths arrested his colleague on Thursday (April 4).The CBI had arrested HR Nagesh, IT officer, Ward 7 of Koramangala, while he was accepting a bribe from M Srinivas Rao, managing director of a real estate firm Windsor Garden Pvt Ltd at a coffee shop in Jayanagar on Wednesday night. The bribe was paid to the IT officers to cover up an enquiry against Rao over tax evasions.The CBI nabbed the IT officials after Rao complained to the bureau about Nagesh and his colleague Narender Singh, who had demanded a bribe of Rs 20 lakhs which was later negotiated to Rs 14 lakhs.The IT officers had conducted a raid at the real estate firm’s office on March 6 and had recovered two bills amounting to Rs 25 lakhs and Rs 10 lakhs which Rao had given to another realtor Sarvottam Raju. They also found a few cheques that Raju had given to Rao in return.The IT officers confiscated the documents and had demanded the bribe from both realtors to return back the cheques to avoid penal action. Rao did not want to pay the bribe so he complained against Nagesh and Narender to the CBI and they arrested the corrupt officials.The CBI sleuths also raided the houses of the IT officers and recovered unaccounted cash of Rs 1,65,50,650 and 1,450 dollars. The CBI officials also recovered several files including property documents, pen drives and mobile phones from Nagesh’s house.The sleuths also seized documents containing property and financial details of different persons from Singh’s residence, reports TOI.last_img read more

Salman Khan to announce his wedding plans on May 23

first_imgSalman Khan in Bigg Boss 12Colors TVSalman Khan is 53 and still single. And there hasn’t been an event where the Dabangg Khan hadn’t been questioned about his marriage. He has either laughed it off or given a quirky answer talking about his wedding plans. So when Salman, the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood, was recently asked about his plans of getting married, he said that he will announce his wedding on Thursday (May 23).During the promotion of his upcoming film Bharat, when Salman was quizzed about his marriage, he joked that the topic of his wedding has become a national concern and went on to say that he will go public about it on the counting day of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.”Yeah…I think I should announce it on May 23,” Salman told Mumbai Mirror while laughing his ass off.Further speaking about embracing fatherhood, Salman said, “I want children, but with children comes the mother. I don’t want the mother, but they need one. But I have a whole village to take care of them. Maybe I can work out a win-win situation for everyone.”And concluded saying that he is definitely not in for marriage right now adding that there’s some more time for it to happen.In the past, Salman had admitted that he was on the verge of getting married to his girlfriends Somy Ali and Sangeeta Bijlani and had even printed marriage cards but in the end, things didn’t fall in place. He was even serious about Katrina Kaif whom he dated for almost 7 years before they parted ways in 2015.There could be a possibility that Salman Khan may want to stay celibate for the rest of his life until the right moment or become a father to a child through surrogacy as reported earlier.last_img read more

Public Housing Units Decrease as Federal Funds Decline

first_imgBaltimore has over $800 million in capital (maintenance and repair) needs in its public housing stock, and receives around $4 million annually to address our deteriorating housing supply from the federal government.  At current funding levels, it would take the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) 200 years to address the capital needs of its housing stock, says Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano in an interview with the AFRO, requiring the city to seek out private investment dollars in order to fund its public housing need.And that need is great says Graziano.  HABC estimates that, in addition to the approximately 26,000 households currently living in public housing (about 10,300 households currently) or receiving some sort of rental subsidy like a Housing Choice Voucher (about 15,755 households), there are at least 50,000 additional households who have expressed a need for housing assistance and are not receiving it.“There’s really no money out of Washington to build new public housing,” said Graziano.  “The program that is funded to some extent to grow is the voucher program. . . . It’s not huge but we are getting a few hundred units a year.”Housing authorities are locally managed federal agencies that rely more or less wholly on Congress for their funding.  In America, this is the principal (and often sole) means of providing affordable housing to those who need it, yet Congressional support for public housing has significantly declined, and continues on a downward trajectory.“All I can say is, nationally, they’re losing somewhere between 10 and 15,000 public housing units a year, due to the capital shortfalls,” said Graziano.Rental subsidies like the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), which deliver persons in need of affordable housing to the private rental market, have been more adequately, though not completely, funded, making it difficult for an authority like HABC to meet the demand for affordable housing.HABC recently reopened its HCVP waiting list.  From Oct. 22 to Oct. 30, the time period during which HABC was accepting applications for the waiting list, the authority received 73,509 preliminary applications, and while the initial plan was to create a waiting list of 25,000 households from that larger pool, the number of applications led to a waiting list of 30,790.That list will have a six year shelf-life according to Graziano, but with somewhere around 1000 housing vouchers to give out per year (most of those being distributed because of turnover when persons no longer need their voucher, allowing the authority to redistribute it), HABC expects that at most 7,500 people will receive vouchers off that list before the authority reopens the list and creates a new one, and that the number more realistically is in the 1,000 a year range.With this sort of gap between need and funding levels, authorities are not in a position to preserve their single-payer model.“I think obviously [relying on federal funding exclusively] is inadequate given the need around the nation, not merely here, versus the funding,” said Graziano.  “I do believe that there’s been, out of necessity, a shift toward public-private partnerships to bring other capital to the table.”As an example of this sort of public-private partnership, Graziano cites the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.  In a prior conversation with the AFRO, Deputy Executive Director of Baltimore Housing Anthony Scott explained how RAD works.“What it allows housing authorities to do is to, essentially, substitute the public housing subsidy that we get for a section 8 subsidy,” said Scott.The federally funded public housing subsidy only covers operating costs, but since a section 8 subsidy is designed to be paid to landlords, it covers everything market rents are intended to cover: operating costs, capital costs, anything still owed on the mortgage of the property, and something leftover for the landlord herself.Under RAD, HABC can borrow against the difference between the public housing subsidy and the section 8 subsidy, and will receive the difference from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to pay back the loans.By combining RAD with the issuance of low-income housing tax credits as well as tax exempt bonds tied to those credits, HABC has raised $330 million with which they will address the capital needs of 4,000 units of their present public housing stock, doing in two years what would otherwise have taken 200 at current funding levels (though the reality is the units would have likely become uninhabitable long before that 200 years was up).“Programs like that are clearly going to be necessary in order to address the capital need, both in terms of preservation and in terms of production of new housing or replacement housing,” said Graziano.  “We already are using the tax credit program widely around the city in redevelopment efforts to produce new affordable housing.”Even with this renewed ability to address the capital needs of its public housing stock however, 7,000 additional current units, with about $500 million worth of capital needs, will continue to be subject to the vagaries of congressional support. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more