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VIHA Board Addresses Open Public Housing Repairs and Occupancy

The number of pending open work orders in public housing, housing occupancy and a slight increase in paid rent by residents of public housing drew the attention of board members during the V.I. Housing Authority Board meeting on Thursday.

National Park Presents Plans for New Facilities and Staff Housing at Lind Point

After two years of planning, the Virgin Islands National Park presented its plan to rebuild a series of structures on Lind Point, including a new resource management center, employee housing and a facility to house the park’s artifacts and archives.
The steps leading down into the Savan Playground and Park are overgrown and in disrepair. (Source photo Bethaney Lee)

Savan Playground and Park Remains in Shambles After Promised Renovation

Members of St. Thomas' Savan neighborhood are concerned about the condition of the Savan Playground and Park and frustrated over delays in its long-promised renovation.

VIHFA Disputes Findings of Mismanagement in Federal Audit

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority officials on Wednesday disputed some findings of mismanagement in a capacity audit of $233 million in FEMA grants awarded to the authority last December.
The Family Resource Center on St Thomas is one of the agencies providing assistance for victims of domestic violence and sex-related crimes. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Grant Applicants Pitch Proposals for Community Development Projects

The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority conducted its first virtual meeting to hear from St. Thomas applicants for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD Provides Grants for Health Hazard Studies

As much as $2 million is available for the Lead Technical Studies grant program, which seeks to mitigate paint hazards in homes, and $5 million for the Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant program, which examines the links between housing and health.

HFA Touts Breakthroughs in Housing Programs

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith confirmed Wednesday that both the home ownership conversion program for Lovenlund and Bellevue communities and the EnVIsion Homeowner Rehabilitation and Reconstruction program, are in full swing.
AT&T Legal Counsel Tom Bolt testifies before Wednesday’s committee. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert for the V.I. Legislature)

AT&T Leaves STJ Without Internet, Creates $100,000 Mistake

The “Call Before You Dig” bill did not stop AT&T from unintentionally cutting Virgin Islands Next Generation Network’s backbone fiber line on St. Thomas, leaving St. John without internet access for four hours.

Senators Challenge Historic Preservation Nominees on Interpretation

The equal preservation of the heritage of all the territory’s people was a topic of discussion at Thursday’s Senate Rules and Judiciary hearing, during which senators challenged the testimony of nominees for the V.I. Historic Preservation Commission they felt focused too much on the islands’ Danish colonial legacy.

FEMA Approves $69 Million to Begin Replacement of Tutu Hi-Rise Apartments

The V.I. government and V.I. Housing Authority received a $69 million obligation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the demolition and replacement of residential buildings at the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community, according to Government House.

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