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VIHFA Seeks Public Input on Plan to Protect V.I. from Disaster

The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority needs the public’s input on a wide-ranging $774 million plan to harden the territory against disasters.

V.I. Housing Authority Set to Begin Demo of Tutu Hi-Rise, Distribute CARES Packages

The demolition of the Tutu Hi-Rise buildings on St. Thomas and the distribution of federal CARES packages to households, were two imminent projects highlighted by the V.I. Housing Authority Board of Commissioners at a Wednesday meeting.

VIHFA Still Seeking Public Input on How to Spend Disaster Recovery Funds

The V.I. Housing Finance Authority is seeking the public’s assistance in deciding how to spend $1 billion of recovery money.

Housing Finance Authority: $19 Million Spent of Nearly $2 Billion Recovery Grant

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith told senators on Wednesday that "recovery is a marathon," as he relayed “the incredible amount of bureaucracy” that goes into managing and spending nearly $2 billion in disaster grant funding.
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.
The drawing in the Urban Land Institute’s report on recommendations for rebuilding St. Thomas shows some of consultant’s suggestions for changes to the “study area” in and near downtown Charlotte Amalie.

Disaster Funds Could Enable Island Makeover; So, How Should It Look?

A stateside consultant group has issued suggestions for remaking St. Thomas and the greater Virgin Islands from top to bottom. Recommendations run the gamut, from establishing bike lanes and promoting scooter traffic to creating new government agencies.

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.
Photo taken in September shows hurricane damaged property on St. John. Monday is the deadline to apply for an SBA loan for help recover from the disaster.

A Federal Disaster Monitor Appears for the V.I.; Leaders Seek Further Information

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced the appointment of Robert Crouch to oversee disaster recovery grants administration.
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HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states and four territories. According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.

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