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Grants Address Workplace Health, Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration awards $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations for education and training programs to help high-risk workers and their employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury preventio...

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Federal Volunteer Program Sets January Deadline

These grants focus on funding AmeriCorps volunteers for the following six types of programs: (1) Disaster Services; (2) Economic Opportunity; (3) Education; (4) Environmental Stewardship; (5) Healthy Futures; and (6) Veterans and Military Families.

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Forest Grants to Focus on Three Categories

The program establishes sustainable urban and community forests by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources. If well managed, these forests improve the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and create resilient ecosystems for present and future generations.

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Environmental Program Sets December Deadline

This program helps communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship.

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AZ School District Rises to Meet ‘Better Buildings Challenge’

As part of the Obama administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Department of Energy (DOE) this week recognized Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District (USD) for increasing its use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at 25 schools.

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Community Development from Coast to Coast

A roundup of community development-related news from around the nation.

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Waters, Bass Urge California Lawmakers to Quash Evictions

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Karen Bass (D-CA) this past week fired off a strongly worded letter to the California State Senate President pro Tempore, Kevin de Leon and the Speaker of the California Assembly, Toni Atkins, urging them to support legislation that will impose a moratorium on the Ellis Act, a California law that is increasingly being abused to evict hundreds of veterans, elderly people, and low income families.

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Times Columnist Questions U.S. Affordable Housing Policy

Thomas Edsall, a political columnist for the New York Times, argues that the affordable housing industry is largely responsible for the concentrated poverty characterizing the United States today.

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Firm Nails $20.8M Refinance Deal for Apartment Complex

The loan is structured using the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 223(a)(7) program.

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HUD Clarifies ‘Equal Participation’ for Faith-based Groups

The Department of Housing & Urban Development issues a proposed rule that would amend its existing regulations pertaining to equal participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs.

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