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Neighbors Contest Zoning Change Request Allowing 20 Dwellings

A rezoning request to change a residentially zoned property from low-density to medium-density was the source of contention during a virtual hearing held Friday.

Group Finds Shoddy Construction Administered Through Disaster Relief Programs

Recipients of disaster recovery construction programs are saddled with faulty construction that could put them in jeopardy of losing further assistance because the Department of Planning and Natural Resources lacks the staffing to perform proper oversight.

VIHFA: Rental Assistance Program Coming Soon

The U.S. Virgin Islands has an unmet housing need, and with unemployment hitting record highs over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. tasked the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority to implement the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Feb. 1.

FEMA Lifts Drawdown Restrictions on V.I. Disaster Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has gained confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands to spend the territory’s expected $8 billion in disaster recovery funds, and as of Jan. 29 has lifted the manual drawdown restrictions imposed after a federal audit.

Storm-Demolished Tutu High Rise and Donoe Apartments to be ‘Reinvented’

V.I. dignitaries helped to kick off a redevelopment that officials said would replace and “completely reinvent” the former Tutu High Rise and Donoe public housing complexes that were torn apart by hurricanes in 2017.

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.





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