January 22, 2013

Giving Back to our Communities

Since taking office four years ago, President Obama has asked Americans to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking part in the National Day of Service.  Every year since then President Obama and First Lady ask Americans to roll up their sleeves and volunteer in their communities. This year, […]

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January 14, 2013

Disaster Recovery

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In wake of the devastation in New York and New Jersey resulting from Hurricane Sandy, an opportunity arose for HUD employees throughout the Nation to rally together in a time of need and assist with the Department’s response, recovery and planning efforts.   During the first two months following the hurricane; HUD Region VIII was able […]

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December 20, 2012

Seeing Long Island’s Sandy Recovery Efforts Firsthand

Earlier this week, I traveled to Long Island to see the damage from Hurricane Sandy and hear directly from local officials about the need for federal support of ongoing recovery and redevelopment efforts. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone graciously welcomed me to Long Island for the day, which […]

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December 3, 2012

HUD employee recounts her experience helping New York teen find a place to stay

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Note:  La Toya White is working in the Far Rockaway Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) helping Hurricane Sandy survivors find housing and providing information on HUD programs. On Thanksgiving evening, I was introduced to a young man with a mental health and cognitive disability. He had been living with his grandmother before the storm hit. He […]

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November 7, 2012

FEMA Announces Temporary Housing Rental Assistance Increase in New York and New Jersey

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Cross posted from FEMA.gov As part of ongoing efforts to ensure families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy get the support they need, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the agency is increasing the amount of rental assistance that it may provide eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.  The […]

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