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Lowest July Veteran Unemployment Rate Since 2001

The veteran unemployment rate for July 2017 was 3.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent last July, and the lowest July rate since 2001 (not seasonally adjusted, 20 years and over).

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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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Hawaii Transit Project Focal Point of Heated Mayoral Race

The race pits Hawaii's former Gov. Ben Cayetano, who came out of retirement to oppose construction of the rail line, against former state House Majority Leader Kirk Caldwell, who argues that millions of dollars have already been invested in the project which will reduce the number of cars on Hawaii's congested roadways by at least 40,000.

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(BRIEFS) State and Local

Connecticut: Twenty-eight towns statewide receive shares of $12.3 million in competitive Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funding. The top award of $750,000 goes to North Haven, which will use CDBG money to make American Disabilities Act improvements in the town hall. Among the other a...

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(GRANTS) HUD Seeks Applications from AK, HI Institutions for Assisting Communities Funds

HUD is accepting applications for two awards worth $440,000 each to be given to Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian colleges and universities looking to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs near campuses.An Aug. 1 deadline has been set for the grant funds throu...

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(RULES) New Laws Conflict With HUD Rules

Two laws approved by Hawaii state lawmakers violate HUD procurement regulations and they could put federally subsidized construction projects in jeopardy. The laws designed to steer public works contracts to local construction firms were overridden by state lawmakers following a veto by Gov. Linda L...

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(GRANTS) AK, HI Native Institutions Compete for Shares of $3.2 Million in HUD Funds

HUD sets an Aug. 16 deadline for higher-education institutions supporting Native Alaskan and Hawaiian populations to apply for up to $800,000 in money for community development needs in their localities. The funding, given annually, is targeted to such institutions as they help localities address n...

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(GRANTS) Treasury Accepting Financial Education Applications from Hawaii Firms

Housing counseling agencies and other qualified groups in Hawaii have until July 8 to apply for portions of Treasury Department pilot demonstration grant money to help grantees provide financial education to prospective homebuyers. HUD and Treasury officials fighting the home foreclosure crisis hav...

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(AWARDS) Treasury Offers Native CDFI Funds, Makes Bank Enterprise Awards

Editor's Note: As a service to our readers, Fred Cooper, president of Community Development Concepts Advisory Services Inc., a consultancy serving the community development industry (www.cdcadvisoryservices.com ), offers expert analysis  and insightful reporting on the foundation, development a...

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HUD Offers Seven Housing Programs HOPWA Renewal Grants

HUD sends $8 million in Fiscal Year 2009 renewal grants to seven housing programs that provide services to very low-income people living with AIDS. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) continues support for these programs, which would otherwise have seen their funding exp...

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