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US Charities providing housing assistance to collapse survivors

00:14  29 july  2021
00:14  29 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Catholic Charities ' affordable housing programs provide emergency shelters & long-term assistance to vulnerable populations. Catholic Charities is one of the nation's largest providers of affordable housing , with over 35,000 units already established. Despite these efforts, a critical national shortage remains. The properties identified here, which all serve our vulnerable senior population, are just a sample of the work Catholic Charities and its affiliates are doing around the country to make an impact.

Catholic Charities provides utilities assistance to relieve a temporary financial crisis or to prevent homelessness. Utilities assistance is based on need and availability of funding and is offered on a local basis through our Family and Community Services Centers. An individual requesting assistance is first referred to a trained case manager who conducts an interview to determine the root cause of the housing issue and identify the best course of action. The case manager may work with the client on budgeting, enroll them in one of Catholic Charities ’ in- house programs, or provide a referral to an

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Sharon Schechter escaped the South Florida condominium tower collapse with just the nightclothes she was wearing, so she cried shortly after when the Global Empowerment Mission gave her an electric toothbrush, a phone charger and a $500 gift card to buy essentials.

Bonnie Schawtzeaum, center, hugs Sharon Schechter, left, during an event where survivors of the Champlain South Towers collapse received relocation funds, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Doral, Fla. Schechter was in her apartment on the 11th floor when the building collapsed on June 24. Global Empowerment Mission and other charities have provided funds to pay the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments for Schechter and about 30 other individuals and families. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) © Provided by Associated Press Bonnie Schawtzeaum, center, hugs Sharon Schechter, left, during an event where survivors of the Champlain South Towers collapse received relocation funds, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Doral, Fla. Schechter was in her apartment on the 11th floor when the building collapsed on June 24. Global Empowerment Mission and other charities have provided funds to pay the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments for Schechter and about 30 other individuals and families. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Now GEM, other charities and businesses announced Wednesday that they will be paying the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments for Schechter and about 30 other individuals and families displaced by the June 24 tragedy in Surfside that killed 98.

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A massive search and rescue operation has been underway since early Thursday, as crews carefully comb through the pancaked wreckage and remaining structure in hopes of finding survivors . So far, they have rescued 35 people who were trapped in the building and two others from beneath the rubble, according to Jadallah. But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse , according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise.

Survivors of the Surfside building collapse worry: What’s next? While thousands of dollars in gift cards and hotel bills have been paid out, displaced residents say they’re afraid of what will happen to them in the long term. Like many other survivors of the Surfside condo collapse , Steve Rosenthal is grateful that he made it out alive. But he’s worried about what comes next. (Drea Cornejo/The Washington Post).

GEM and its partners believe they will soon have the funds to pay the Champlain South survivors' rents for a year — that could run up to $50,000 each in South Florida's inflated real estate market.

“I literally walked out with nothing,” said Schechter, a Medicare insurance specialist who lived on the 11th floor. She spoke after a news conference announcing the program at GEM's headquarters, which more than two dozen survivors attended. “They gave me basic supplies you don't even think about ... You wake up the next day and you don't even have clothes.”

GEM, a Florida-based charity that responds to disasters around the world, has raised $372,000 with its partners and distributed donated goods. It had already secured free temporary housing for the survivors and eventually gave each family $4,000 to help with expenses.

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‘Frantic effort’ to find condo collapse survivors continues, even as hope dwindles. Mourners visit a memorial wall dedicated to the residents of Champlain Towers South. The death toll from the condominium collapse last week in Surfside, Fla., rose to 11 on Monday, and 150 people remain missing. SURFSIDE, Fla. — Hundreds of would-be rescuers dug painstakingly through a mountain of crushed concrete, mangled steel and smashed belongings on Monday as officials vowed to continue the desperate search for survivors of last week's condominium collapse .

Affected Kaua‘i residents seeking assistance can contact Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s Lihu‘e office at (808) 241-4673 (HOPE) to see if they qualify. CCH staff will provide those inquiring with information on the application process and required documentation. Funds made possible by the Hawai‘i Serving Hawai‘i since 1947, Catholic Charities Hawai’i provides a wide range of social services with dignity, compassion, social justice, and a commitment to excellence. Through programs and advocacy efforts, Catholic Charities Hawai’i serves all people, especially those with the greatest need, regardless of

Founder and president Michael Capponi said an upcoming event should raise enough money to cover a year's rent. He said the group's goal is to help fill the “gap” between the short-term charitable and government help that arrives immediately after a disaster and long-term solutions such as insurance and legal settlements that can take a year or more to develop.

“This community is the world to me and we decided this is how we are going to give back,” said Capponi, a real estate developer and Miami Beach nightclub promoter.

Rabbi Zalman Lipskar of the Shul of Bal Harbour, which has partnered with GEM, told the survivors that he learned long ago from a Holocaust survivor that they shouldn't try to comprehend a reason why they lived. He said that would mean there was a reason their friends and neighbors perished.

“What we do know is that we are here, we are alive,” Lipskar said. Many of the building's residents attended his synagogue.

Firefighters end search for bodies at Surfside condo collapse site

  Firefighters end search for bodies at Surfside condo collapse site “It’s obviously devastating. It’s obviously a difficult situation across the board," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky said.At least one more missing person is yet to be identified, following the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in the early hours of June 24. If found, Estelle Hedaya, 54, would bring the death toll to 98.

Emergency workers are scrambling to find survivors . The order, which went into effect on Thursday, will allow the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal agencies to provide assistance to state and local authorities currently sifting through the rubble. An investigation has been launched to determine what caused the high-rise to collapse . Local officials noted that the tower was undergoing roof repairs and other maintenance work. Like this story?

This provides some background for the NYT article - background which of course, the New York Times does not mention. It appears that the Times' concern is foremost warning and preparing people on what might come, but also, spreading more fear, make people more vulnerable, weaker, further breaking down the human auto-defense system. steven23 Yep, the jaws of the vice are slowing closing in. I'm in a fairly good position with permaculture, raised gardens, green house and neighbors that are like minded. I'm also glad that I am well away from a main city where the masses will be going feral.

For some survivors, the news conference was the first time they had seen each other since immediately following the collapse. They hugged and wept with each other.

Zulia Taub, an 82-year-old retired real estate agent, said she bought her fifth floor condo 22 years ago “when I could afford it.” Now, on a fixed income, getting housing assistance is essential so she can remain in the area with her friends and still do volunteer work at performing arts theaters.

“At my age, it is very difficult to get a new place,” Taub said. “I don't need a beautiful apartment like my home, but I want to stay close to my community.”

Schechter, after years running a food distribution program at schools and helping with hurricane relief, found it “very uncomfortable” to be on the receiving end of charity. But she said she appreciates it.

“It is my turn, but when the time comes I hope to give back again,” she said.

Rental aid emerges as new housing fight after eviction ban .
Lawmakers and housing advocates are struggling to figure out how to get billions of dollars in rental assistance to tenants who desperately need the help, even with the action taken Tuesday by the Biden administration to extend an eviction moratorium for most of the country.Congress this year appropriated $46 billion for tenants and landlords in need, but only about $3 billion has reached the intended recipients.Concerns are now growing thatCongress this year appropriated $46 billion for tenants and landlords in need, but only about $3 billion has reached the intended recipients.

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