Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print ADVERTISEMENT Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has decided not to veto an ordinance that grants $50,000 each to four area nonprofits. Toledo City Council in an 8-4 vote on Oct. 9 approved distributing additional federal Community Development Block Grant funding to Family House, the YWCA domestic violence shelter, Nexus Health Care, and the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually awards CDBG funds for Toledo to distribute to social service agencies, and city officials decide by July how to divvy it up. Councilman Larry Sykes proposed the additional $200,000 should come from about $3.6 million in surplus CDBG funds carried over from years past. The mayor said he was considering a veto, but in a letter delivered Friday morning to the clerk of council, he said he decided to sign the ordinance so that it may take effect. “Both Council members and my administration … [Read more...] about Kapszukiewicz approves funding for nonprofits, despite concerns
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President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, the White House said Saturday. That will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. Government aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Florence, a tropical storm that made landfall in North Carolina on Friday as a hurricane. Money also is available to the state, some local governments, and some private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in those counties. Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, also named Albert Lewis as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations, according to the declaration. The president has tweeted about Florence multiple times over the past week. He praised emergency services responding to … [Read more...] about Trump issues disaster declaration for North Carolina
By the end of September, Minneapolis officials want to clear the large homeless encampment just north of East Phillips Park at Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues and start the process of connecting the residents there with housing and other services. But as the row of tents grows daily — becoming what is believed to be among the largest such sites ever in Minnesota — here are some of the biggest challenges officials will have to address to accomplish that:The camp has become a landing spotAbout three months ago, a homeless family pitched a tent on the narrow strip of land near the Little Earth housing complex. They found relief thanks to the area’s high visibility and sound wall; it seemed safer than sleeping in alleyways or near trails without much traffic or street lighting, and word of the location spread among other people sleeping outside.Homeless people across the Twin Cities soon migrated to the Hiawatha encampment from all sorts of sleeping spots: Minnehaha Park, … [Read more...] about ‘The emergency is now visible’: How the Hiawatha homeless encampment came to be. And what Minneapolis officials are trying to do about it.
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 3:53 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan's U.S. senators are urging the federal government to reconsider the denial of individual assistance for families affected by severe flash flooding in three Upper Peninsula counties in June. President Donald Trump approved a request for a disaster declaration and public assistance earlier this month for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Michigan’s request for individual assistance last week. Individual assistance can include grants for temporary housing and uninsured home repairs or low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, according to officials. Snyder this week appealed the denial to the FEMA, stressing the severity, magnitude and impact of the disaster and need for assistance to households and individuals to repair their homes. Snyder's letter said the … [Read more...] about Michigan urges Trump to reconsider denial of aid for Upper Peninsula flash flood victims
John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 3, 2018 Even as the economy continues to grow, many nonprofit organizations in Detroit are finding it harder to raise money. That's a paradox, and it's important that cities that rely on nonprofit help understand what's going on. Fund-raising challenges confront a whole range of nonprofits, from major institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts to small, neighborhood-level community groups. These are the institutions that deliver a wide range of services to Detroiters, from family services and workforce training to arts and culture. Some nonprofits are reluctant to share their own information, but Lionel Bradford, president of the Greening of Detroit, has been more open about talking about the challenges. The Greening of Detroit has for nearly 30 years been the main tree-planting agency in Detroit, each year pulling together staff and volunteers to plant thousands of trees throughout he city. It has also run … [Read more...] about Detroit nonprofits face cash crunches, find fund-raising a challenge