Landlords shun federal rent relief over program requirements

first_img Full Name* Message* While federal requirements stipulate the money should be used to pay rent for low-income tenants, individual states have broad discretion over how the programs are implemented. Those differences can be dramatic: In Broward County, Florida, the rent relief will only make up for 60 percent of back rent if what’s unpaid exceeds a month’s rent.Some landlords, faced with keeping a non-paying tenant and accepting a discounted rent versus finding a new tenant who may be in a better position to pay, are choosing the latter. The ban on federal evictions, which expires at the end of March, does not mandate that landlords renew current leases.“If you have someone who wasn’t upholding their end of the contract…you’re asking the housing provider to sign up for essentially another year of this person being in this unit unable to pay,” Amanda Gill, government affairs director for the Florida Apartment Association, an industry trade group, told the publication.“You’re really putting them in a really difficult position, because they have ongoing obligations,” Gill said.[WSJ] — Georgia KromreiContact the author Email Address* (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The federal government wants to give landlords and tenants $50 billion to help keep renters in their homes — but some of those property owners are turning down the funding that they’re eligible for.Some landlords have taken issue with the requirements to receive federal rent relief, including disclosing financial information, as well as limits on evicting tenants if they choose to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported.In Boston, a tenant attorney said that a fifth of his cases involve a landlord who has refused the funds. A Houston nonprofit tasked with distributing the funds said that in 5,600 cases, landlords shunned the relief. In Los Angeles, nearly half of the tenants who received rent relief had landlords who declined to participate in the program.Read moreThe nitty gritton federal rent reliefLandlords hail relief bill as end of cancel rentBiden’s relief package would extend evictioni ban, boost rent reliefflast_img read more

Women’s EHF CL 2015/2016: Vardar and Mitjyland waiting for Gyor!

first_imgClick to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsGroups are ready for the Women’s EHF Champions League 2015/2016. The biggest threat for ZRK Vardar and Danish Mitjyland in Group C will be Gyor, who will fight at the qualification tournament against Serbian best team ZRK Radnicki.GROUP A: Larvik, Krim, Rostov-Don, winner of qualification tournament 2GROUP B: FTC, Thuringer, Podravka, FleuryGROUP C: Mitjyland, ZRK Vardar, Hypo, winner of qualification tournament 1.GROUP D: Buducnost, CSM Bukuresti, Savehof, LublinQualification tournaments:WHC Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) vs. Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN)SERCODAK Dalfsen (NED) vs. Glassverket Drammen (NOR)Ankara Yenimahalle (TUR) vs. Team Esbjerg (DEN)BNTU BelAz Minsk (BLR) vs. HCM Baia Mare (ROM)last_img read more

Sean Dickinson appointed as Unicard CEO

first_imgSean Dickinson has been appointed as the new CEO of transport management solutions and smart ticketing provider, Unicard.Sean will oversee the expansion of the business as Unicard establishes itself in new markets.The firm plans to help customers take advantages of new trends in public transport. It has already delivered account-based ticketing and mobility-as-a-service solutions to local authorities and commercial operators of bus and rail.Commenting on his appointment, Sean says: “The transport landscape is changing. This is due to the current global situation, but also because commuters and passengers demand greater flexibility in the modes and ways in which they travel. Unicard is responding to new market opportunities driven by local authorities which are exploring smart ticketing and greener travel initiatives for alternative modes of transport.“Unicard is a well-respected brand, renowned for the quality of its products and delivery of its services, along with its willingness to collaborate with customers and partners. I intend to build on these values as we move into the next phase of the company’s development”.last_img read more

Rehabbed Sea Turtles Released Despite COVID-Hardships

first_img Share New York Marine Rescue Center team-members release rehabilitated sea turtles on July 15. Independent/Courtesy New York Marine Rescue CenterDespite the pandemic, rehabilitation work at the New York Marine Rescue Center had to continue because a slew of sea turtles’ lives depended on it.On Wednesday, July 15, team-members released eight sea turtles rehabilitated from the 2019 cold-stun season.While the four species of sea turtles known to inhabit New York waters can strand for any number of reasons, including boat strikes and hook ingestion, the number one reason for rehabilitation is a phenomenon called cold-stunning. Starting in late October and early November, sea turtles can be found stranded on the beach, lethargic and buoyant, similar to hypothermia.The rescue center is the primary response team for marine mammals and sea turtles and also maintains the only facility permitted to rehabilitate both seals and sea turtles in the State of New York, according to Maxine Montello, the rescue program director. The facility is located at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.The organization received its first cold-stunned turtle report on November 9, 2019, what would be the first of 85 reported sea turtles strandings due to cold snaps on Long Island.Two sea turtles make their way to the ocean. Independent/Courtesy New York Marine Rescue CenterWhile the marine rescue center depends heavily on volunteers, the volunteer program had to be suspended on March 15 as coronavirus cases began to spike on Long Island. Only essential staff — two full-time and two part-timers — have been allowed onsite since, Montello explained. “This small team is responsible for managing the animals in the hospital while also responding to sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles in the field,” she said.Still, the staff remains dedicated to the preservation and conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles, she added. The eight sea turtles recently released locally are among a total of 30 animals released back into the environment this year.Sea turtle releases can occur when a veterinarian clears them medically. While many of the turtles, picked up November through January, are ready for release after only a few months of rehabilitation, the water temperatures are usually not conducive to a release. Ideal water temperatures are about 68 degrees.Some turtles are taken south for release, Montello said. Her team coordinates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a network of partners to set up releases in the south. Sixteen turtles were transported out of state for a southern release.The eight recent releases were given the green light once East End waters reached the ideal temperature, which is usually late June.Campanelli before its release. Independent/Courtesy New York Marine Rescue CenterAmong them was “Pici,” a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle, that was the first cold-stunned turtle reported of the 2019 season, after a concerned citizen found it stranded in Southampton and called the center. The turtle was admitted with an internal temperature of 11 degrees Celsius and was missing a small portion of its front right flipper and underwent nine months of rehab.“Torchio,” a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle found stranded on November 16, 2019 near Southold, had an initial internal temperature of 4.8 degrees Celsius. This turtle received weekly shell treatment in which manuka honey was applied topically to help with some of the minor carapace damage.Then there was “Campanelli,” a juvenile Kemp’s ridley, found on Long Beach in Sag Harbor on November 21, along with three others. “Campanelli was very weak and had a heart rate of less than 1 beat per minute. A normal sea turtle heart beat is around 32 beats per minute,” the center said in a newsletter about each of the turtles. During the rehab, the turtle doubled in weight. Campanelli was returned to the ocean with one of its stranding mates.A turtle named “Zoodle” had its glucose monitored daily at the center after being found on Navy Beach in Montauk on November 23. Low glucose levels are common in cold-stunned sea turtles, and it was also provided various supplements and vitamins.“In addition to an increase in work-load, our organization has seen a decrease in daily donations due to the aquarium being closed, not being able to provide in-person educational programing and lastly not being able to hold our annual gala,” Montello said.“We still have another eight turtles in-house that are not ready for release but should be ready before the end of the summer and they will be released here in New York as well,” she [email protected]last_img read more

Vanderbilt won’t change defense for triple option

first_imgVanderbilt will face a different offense on Saturday in Charleston Southern’s triple-option attack, but the Commodores aren’t changing a thing defensively.“We’re going to keep the same game plan, just go out and attack,” safety Jahmel McIntosh said. “There is no change in our game plan or how we prepare for this game.”Charleston Southern (5-0) is the only Vanderbilt opponent that relies primarily on a triple-option offense. Coach Derek Mason said it does not change how Vanderbilt (1-5) approaches the homecoming game, but some extra time will be spent going over assignments in defending the triple-option.“You’re able to teach it in phases so that guys understand when I’ve got dive, when I’ve got quarterback and when I have pitch,” he said.Related: James Franklin testifies in Vandy rape caseClimer: Vandy QBs a ‘roller coaster’But Mason said the structure of his 3-4 defensive scheme will not change because defending the option is much like facing a spread offense that runs a zone-read option play between a quarterback and running back. But in the triple-option offense, the third option is a pitch man in the backfield rather than a wide receiver catching a bubble screen in a spread offense.“It’s still the same structure, so you don’t change what you do,” Mason said. “It’s still the same configuration in terms of the inside guys playing the inside. … It’s the same scheme, same dynamic, except now it’s all run versus the possible pass component (in a spread).”Charleston Southern ranks 21st in rushing offense in the Football Championship Subdivision, averaging 215.2 yards. But the Buccaneers also have passed for 196.4 yards off play-action throws from triple-option looks.Mason said he has used multiple quarterbacks on the scout team in practice to emulate a triple-option offense, even putting kick returner/defensive back Darrius Sims behind center for a few snaps.Mason’s most recent experience against the triple-option came last season as defensive coordinator at Stanford.“We beat Army pretty convincingly (34-20),” Mason said. “We understand how to defend it, and it’s more about having a disciplined defensive attack and understanding what you’re getting — who has dive, who has quarterback, who has pitch, and then understanding that the play-action (pass) is going to come off of it. And when the play-action comes, eyes have to be right, guys have to be in position.”Quarterback Austin Brown, a UAB transfer, has rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 859 yards and eight scores. Running back Christian Reyes has rushed for a team-high 350 yards and four TDs.Related: Vandy not helped by tough scheduleRelated: Ex-Vandy, UT players sue over use of imagesReach Sam Brown at 615-259-8010 or on Twitter @Bearded_Sports.VANDERBILT (1-5) vs.CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (5-0)When: 6:30 p.m. SaturdayTV/radio: SportSouth/1510-AM, 95.9-FM, 560-AMlast_img read more