Community Development Digest

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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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King Cove Moves One Step Closer to Getting Its Road

Long-awaited by King Cove residents, the road will provide reliable and safe transportation needed to medevac seriously ill or injured patients during frequent periods of harsh weather when travel by plane or boat is too dangerous.

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Alaska Town Still Feels Pain of Jewell Rejection

Residents of the Alaska town of King Cove are continuing to rail against a decision made exactly one year ago (as of Dec. 23) by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell when she rejected a massive land exchange that would have granted them access to a small road corridor connecting them to the nearby all-weather Cold Bay Airport.

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Obama Declares Bristol Bay Off Limits to Further Development

President Barack Obama on Tuesday (Dec. 16) designated the waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to consideration for oil and gas development. Located off the southeast coast of Alaska, Bristol Bay is known for its world-class fisheries and stunning beauty which drive the economy through tourism and commercial and recreational fishing.

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Riding the Boom-to-Bust-to-Boom Rollercoaster

This group focused on redeveloping the main commercial corridor of a low-income neighborhood by using a commercial land trust to acquire property and develop real estate.

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State and Local Briefs

Alaska: A survey of its residents says the City of Juneau should cut community development efforts to offset a projected $7.5 million budget deficit in FY 2013 and FY 2014. The survey by McDowell Group shows that of 407 respondents, two-thirds favored a reduced community development effort. Asked wh...

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(TREASURY) $12 Million Available for Native American CDFIs

The Treasury Department is making $12 million available in the FY 2012 Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Assistance (NACA) Program. The funding helps CDFIs serving tribes increase their access to credit, capital and financial services in native communities. While f...

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(GRANT) Grantees to Develop Best Practices Info for Tribal Areas

HUD is offering $125,000 in FY 2010 grants, via the Transformation Housing Fund (THF), to help tribes develop and spread information about innovative sustainable housing construction methods. Tribes and tribal organizations, nonprofits, foundations, think tanks, consortia, colleges and universities...

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(HOMES) HUD, Neighborworks America Extend Emergency Homeowners Loan Deadline

HUD and Neighborworks America are extending the application deadline for the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP) through Sept. 15 in 27 states and Puerto Rico.The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act made $1 billion available nationwi...

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(TRIBES) Oglala Sioux to Use Most of FY 2011 ICDBG Funds on Housing Maintenance

The Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Tribal Housing Authority expects to use most of its $8.75 million in FY 2011 Indian Community Development BlockGrant (ICDBG) funding to maintain its housing stock -- but officials there still lament that the funding comes nowhere close to meeting demand.HUD made its ICDBG f...

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