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Harkin Announces More Than $6 Million for Community Development and Housing in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harkin Press Office   
Monday, 18 July 2011 10:40

WASHINGTON D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that $6,622,682 will go to housing development programs for five communities in Iowa. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and HOME awards. These programs provide financing, development and improvement to public housing projects throughout the country. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds HUD.

“Grants that HUD provide are vital for the growth and prosperity of our communities in Iowa,” Harkin said. “For those who are feeling the effects of these tough economic times, this funding creates opportunity for assistance to those in need to acquire quality, affordable housing.”

Details of the Funding are below.

$445,371—Ames (CDBG)
$1,187,806—Cedar Rapids (CDBG)
$454,799—Cedar Rapids (HOME)
$1,575,490—Davenport (CDBG)
$627,435—Davenport (HOME)
$1,739,510—Sioux City (CDBG)
$84,173—Sioux City (ESG)
$484,857—Sioux City (HOME)
$213,241—West Des Moines (CDBG)

 
Governor Quinn: State Working with Communities Following Storm to Ensure Public Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurel White   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:40

State Prepared to Assist Communities in Recovery From Major Power Outage

CHICAGO – July 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today said state emergency management officials are coordinating with communities affected by Monday’s violent wind storm to ensure they have the resources needed for public safety.

“Yesterday’s storm left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without electricity,” said Governor Quinn. “Power crews are working around the clock to restore electricity, and we thank them for their diligent efforts. In the meantime, the state is prepared to step in and quickly provide any assistance communities need to ensure the safety of their residents.”

Gov. Quinn said staff from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) have been working closely with emergency management agencies in the affected areas since shortly after the storm to determine if state assistance is needed to protect public health and safety. That assistance includes heavy trucks, equipment and correctional inmates to assist with debris removal, generators, portable lights, law enforcement support and more.

In addition, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is continuing to coordinate with ComEd to put a high priority on restoring power to critical facilities, such as nursing homes.

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HUD AWARDS $5.1 MILLION TO IMPROVE, PRESERVE NATION’S PUBLIC HOUSING STOCK IN IOWA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by HUD Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 14:58

Annual funding to housing authorities a down payment toward addressing

$25.6B backlog in large-scale repair, renovation costs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $5,118,535 to public housing authorities in Iowa.  The funds will allow these agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units.  View a full list of public housing authorities receiving funding.

HUD’s Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. This funding can be used to make large-scale improvements such as new roofs and to make energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

“While this funding will certainly help housing authorities address long-standing capital improvements, it only scratches the surface in addressing the deep backlog we’re seeing across the country,” said Donovan.  “Housing Authorities need nearly $26 billion to keep these homes safe and decent for families, but given our budget realities, we must find other, innovative ways to confront the decline of our public housing stock.  That’s why we introduced our new Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as part of our comprehensive strategy to keep these homes on firm financial footing.”

Sandra B. Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, added, “Unless we transform the way we fund our public housing authorities, local managers will be increasingly forced to choose between repairing roofs, replacing plumbing, or worst of all, demolishing or selling their properties.  We simply can’t afford to let that happen.”

Earlier this month, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that updated the national estimate of capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S.  The study found the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in much-needed large scale repairs.  Unlike routine maintenance, capital needs are the large-scale improvements required to make the housing decent and economically sustainable, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency.  This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient.

Over the last 75 years, the Federal Government has invested billions in the development and maintenance of public and multifamily housing – including providing critical support through HUD’s Capital Fund. Still, the nation continues to lose thousands of public housing units annually, primarily due to disrepair.  To protect the considerable Federal investment and respond to the growing demand for affordable rental housing, the Obama Administration has proposed a comprehensive strategy to preserve this inventory. HUD’s Transforming Rental Assistance Initiative will allow housing authorities to leverage public and private financing to address capital needs and make public housing units affordable for the long term.

In FY 2012, HUD is requesting $200 million for a Transforming Rental Assistance demonstration to rehabilitate federally subsidized affordable housing, including public and multifamily housing units.  The Rental Assistance Demonstration would allow owners to continue to make standard life-cycle improvements to this inventory, modernize or replace obsolete units, and stem the loss of stock from private sector partners choosing to opt-out of affordable housing programs. The funds used to bring 255,000 properties into a reliable, long term, project-based rental assistance contract will enable public housing authorities to raise more than $6.1 billion in private financing to reduce the large backlog of capital repair needs and in the process, support significant job creation in communities across the country.

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Harkin Announces More Than $5 Million for Housing in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harkin Press Office   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:05

WASHINGTON D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that 48 Iowa Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) will receive a total of $5,049,415.  The funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Capital Fund Program, which provides for the financing, development and improvement of public housing in communities across the country. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds HUD.

“I have always believed that access to quality, affordable housing is the foundation of economic stability for a family, and in turn, communities as a whole,” said Harkin. “In these tough economic times, this funding will give Iowa a needed shot in the arm to ensure that needy Iowans have the access to housing they need.”

Details of the funding are below.

$31,136--Afton Housing Commission

$43,435--Albia Housing Agency

$103,820—Area XV Multi-County Housing Agency

$108,495—Centerville Municipal Housing Agency

$172,464—Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$69,194—Chariton Housing Authority

$147,648—Charles City Housing and Redevelopment Authority

$125,886–City of Iowa City Housing Authority

$72,721–Clarinda Low Rent Housing Agency

$43,361–Corning Housing Commission

$57,291– Davenport Housing Commission

$547,201– Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

$443,471– Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

$11,843– Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

$ 189,051– Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$14,187– Essex Low Rent Housing Agency

$50,145– Evansdale Municipal Housing Authority

$150,526– Fort Dodge Municipal Housing Agency

$149,198– Fort Madison Housing Authority

$244,227– Keokuk Housing Authority

$27,293– Lenox Low Rent Housing Agency

$18,196– Lone Tree Housing Commission

$28,909—Low Rent Housing Agency of Bancroft

$220,177– Low Rent Housing Agency of Burlington

$76,548– Low Rent Housing Agency of Clinton

$19,825– Low Rent Housing Agency of Farragut

$23,391– Low Rent of Housing Agency of Hamburg

$68,222– Low Rent Housing Agency of Knoxville

$35,398– Low Rent Housing Agency of Leon

$48,538– Low Rent Housing Agency of Missouri Valley

$24,253-- Low Rent Housing Agency of Mount Ayr

$58,215– Low Rent Housing Agency of Onawa

$47,638– Low Rent Housing Agency of Red Oak

$18,318—Low Rent Housing Agency of Sidney

$76,793—Low Rent Housing Agency of Sioux Center

$43,954-- Low Rent Housing Agency of Waverly

$41,850—Low Rent Housing Agency of Winterset

$18,196—Malvern Low Rent Housing Agency

$290,779-- Municipal Housing Agency of Council Bluffs

$26,383—Municipal Housing Agency of Manning

$171,006—Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency

$146,585—North Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$415,606—Ottumwa Housing Authority

$46,609—Rock Rapids Municipal Housing Agency

$75,028—Shenandoah Low Rent Housing Agency

$141,883—Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority

$18,836—Stanton Housing Commission

$20,129—Tabor Low Rent Housing Agency

$43,852—Villisca Low Rent Housing Agency

$50,825—Waterloo Housing Authority

 
Public invited to comment on Upper Mississippi River Forest Management Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Fournier   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:35
Rock Island, Ill. -- (June 29, 2011) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, St. Paul and St. Louis Districts, invite the public to comment on the recently completed draft forest management plan for the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS).  The purpose of the Systemic Forest Management Plan is to provide a long-range plan of action for the sustainable management of UMRS forests to maintain its recognition as a nationally treasured ecological resource.

The Systemic Forest Management Plan project area is designated as the UMRS 500-year floodplain, and includes the Mississippi River from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, to its confluence with the Ohio River; the Illinois River from Chicago to Grafton, Illinois; and navigable sections of the Minnesota, St. Croix, Black and Kaskaskia Rivers.  The UMRS floodplain ecosystem covers 2.6 million acres of land and water and includes portions of five Midwestern States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.

Key components of the Plan are identifying goals and objectives; establishing a foundation to improve and enhance coordination with stakeholders; fostering a better understanding of the state of the resource and its ecological connection to adjacent watersheds; identifying problems, opportunities and data needs; and developing recommendations that will ensure the long-term sustainability of this critical component of the UMRS ecosystem.

The plan can be viewed and downloaded from the St. Paul District's website at http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/environment/default.asp?pageid=1394, under 'Related Pages.'  A hard copy is available upon request.  The public review and comment period opened Tuesday, June 28, and ends July 27, 2011.  Comments can be sent to Randall Urich at the Corps of Engineers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 1114 So. Oak St., La Crescent, MN  55947-1560.

For more information, contact the Corps Forest Management Plan team leader, Randall Urich, at 507-895-6341, ext. 3.

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