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Up To $13.9 Million Available From EPA for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a Request for Applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $13.9 million will be available durin…

Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Store in Bastrop County, Texas

As Texans rebuild or repair their homes damaged by the May 4 through June 22 storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and …

FEMA Mitigation Teams to End Community Outreach

There are only a few days left to meet with FEMA specialsts at select home building supply stores and learn how to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage. The experts are available at the stores to talk to any Arkansas resident intereste…

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination in Housing by the City of Petal, Mississippi

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the city of Petal, Mississippi, to resolve allegations of discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities who sought to live in supported housing in one of the city’s residential …

Bed-Stuy Apartment Workers, Tenants To Protest Illegal Firings, Deplorable Conditions Under New “Hip” Owner

Workers, tenants, elected officials and union leaders will rally at 1711 Fulton Street in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on Thursday night to call on the building owner to restore good jobs for the building’s workers, who saw their pay …

NEW JERSEY MAN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN $5 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME

Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, today announced that Kenneth Sweetman was sentenced on July 27, 2015, to 24 months i…

Clark bill addresses homeless and foster youth achievement gap

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced the Homeless and Foster Youth Achievement Act, legislation to help homeless and foster youth stay in school and achieve their academic goals. Currently, states collect…

Delaney-Hanna-Peters Introduce Bipartisan Dynamic Scoring Bill to Encourage Smart Public Investments, Bring Accurate Budgeting to Congress

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed the Honest Dynamic Scoring Resolution, legislation that would make sure that the economic benefits of smart public investments in areas such as infrastructure, research and development and education are accu…

EPA Announces $600,000 in Brownfields Grants to Philadelphia Redevelopment Authorities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three brownfields grants for a total of $600,000 – $400,000 to the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development and $200,000 to the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. The grants will support ef…

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, ZONING/QUALITY OF LIFE ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF SWEEP

The streets included in the sweep were 4th Street, Ames Boulevard, Eiseman Avenue, Field Street, and Pine Street. Property Maintenance issued 41 citations to properties for various violations, including structures in disrepair, high grass and weeds, an…

C.A.R. Opposes Tax on Home Buyers in Senate Highway Transportation Bill

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is opposing a provision in the highway bill now being considered by the U.S. Senate that taxes home buyers by increasing the fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge on their loans. This provision would extend a t…

NORTH DAKOTA INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION SUPPORTS NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved $850,000 in research and development grants for two renewable energy projects. The projects involve research and development of renewable energy technologies and processes that have strong growth pote…

MIOSHA, Michigan Green Industry Association Form Alliance to Protect Workers

The Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) recently formed an alliance to provide MGIA members and others with information, guidance and access to training to reduce and prevent ex…

Quigley, Members of the Quiet Skies Caucus Send Noise Mitigation Recommendations to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and members of the Quiet Skies Caucus including Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Steve Israel (NY-03), and Grace Meng (NY-06) sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shu…

Schakowsky Statement on Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky reintroduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act, which would require new homes built with federal dollars to meet accessibility standards – including a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways and bathrooms, and…

In Energy Committee, King Advocates for Stronger, More Reliable Electricity Grid

During consideration of a broad bipartisan energy bill in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) advocated for an amendment that would move America’s electricity system into the 21st century by prom…

Congressman Gallego Helps Lead Effort to Ensure Full LGBT Equality as Original Co-sponsor of the Equality Act

Congressman Ruben Gallego signed on as an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act – a comprehensive non-discrimination bill that would provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals from discrimination in housing, work, j…

New York Man Sentenced for Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Michael St. Claire, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William G. Young to six months in prison, an additional four months of home confinement, and ordered to pay $1,257,945 in restitution. St. Claire previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to c…

Rep. Ellison Introduces Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 3237) today, which will support communities striving towards zero waste by establishing a grant program that funds the infrastructure, technology, and community ou…

Michigan communities federally recognized for their commitment to water fluoridation

Eight Michigan communities have been recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their contributions to oral health through community water fluoridation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today