July 31, 2015

A Journey to Stable Ground

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Photo: At the one-year anniversary reception on July 27, (from l to r) Nick Heggan poses for a photo with Jane C.W. Vincent, HUD Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator; Laura Weinbaum, Project HOME’s Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives; and Jessica Venegas, Community Solutions’ Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Nick Heggan has had his share of ups and downs.

In his teens, drug use led to an addiction to cocaine and heroin. Following several unsuccessful attempts at recovery, his family became overwhelmed with his addiction and kicked him out. Continue reading

July 29, 2015

Protecting the Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS

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Photo: Fair Housing logo with HIV/AIDS red awareness ribbon.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 25 on July 26th.  This landmark legislation has had a positive impact on so many lives over the last 25 years – and as I think about the programs I have worked on in the field and at HUD, I think about how much the ADA helped us accomplish – providing housing and services to people with disabilities, especially those living with HIV/AIDS. Continue reading

The Greening of Jefferson Avenue, Richmond Virginia

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Photo: Jefferson Avenue has several beloved businesses like Union Market. Residents want to make it easier to get to these places by walking and biking.

On June 9, I attended a kick-off event for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greening America’s Capitals award of technical assistance to the City of Richmond. The goal of the three-day event was to gather input from community stakeholders to improve pedestrian and bicyclist mobility and safety along the Jefferson Avenue corridor in the Union Hill/East End of Richmond. Continue reading

July 20, 2015

Powering a Brighter Future in Public Housing

Photo: Public housing units with solar panels.

In 2013, President Obama put forth the Climate Action Plan and established an ambitious goal of reaching 100MW of on-site renewable energy capacity serving federally subsidized housing projects across the country by 2020.  Last week, the White House announced a series of additional initiatives designed to further increase access to renewable energy and ensure that its benefits reach low and moderate-income communities.  Continue reading