- St. John Baptist Church (New Orleans)
- Central Baptist Church (Wayne, PA)
- Grace Baptist Church (Statesville, NC)
- Lansdowne Baptist Church (Lansdowne, PA)
- Lower Merion Baptist Church (Bryn Mawr, PA)
- Saints Memorial Baptist Church (Bryn Mawr, PA)
- St. Andrew's UCC (Perkasie, PA)
- University Baptist and Brethren Church (State College, PA)
Archive of Supplemental Resources
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act of 2007 provides options for affordable housing and homeownership, including:
· Phased re-development of subsidized housing; vouchers for low-income families, the elderly and homeless; and low-income homeownership opportunities.
· Resources to cover most of the Road Home funding gap.
· Federal housing and insurance guidelines to spur the equitable development of blighted properties, and free up local mortgage capital for Gulf Coast residents.
The Senate bill “grants a right of return to previous public housing households” and “authorizes appropriations for the fair housing initiatives program.”
For a summary of the legislation, go to:
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
NATIONAL / U.S. | November 6, 2007
Critics Cite Red Tape in Rebuilding of Louisiana
By LESLIE EATON
Local officials say the federal process used to pay for repairs to schools, sewers and police stations seems to value perfect paperwork over speedy resolutions.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Rents are double or triple what they were before the storm. Many families are still shut out of their former homes in public housing. Homeowners are struggling with huge insurance costs. They face a gap between the cost of rebuilding and their insurance payouts and the Road Home grants. Several people I spoke with said the grant money they had been promised never materialized. As we toured the areas still affected by Katrina, it was very powerful. We came upon what looked like a field you might see here in Perkasie, only under closer inspection you could see the cement slabs where houses had been and families had lived. One sight that stayed with me was a set of steps behind which was a cement slab with concrete pillars that had supported a house. It looked like steps leading to a cemetery - the death of a family's dream.
I was impressed by the spirit of the people we met. We were warmly welcomed and individuals were willing to share their stories. As Rev. Boutee, Pastor of St. John Baptist our partner church, said in his Sunday message, "It's not the end of the road it's a bend in the road."