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From left, USVI Housing Finance Authority Chief Operating Officer Darin Richardson, Executive Director Daryl Griffith, and Chief Financial Officer Valdez Shelford testify before the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

USVI Has Housing Crisis, HFA Head Tells Senators

Lawmakers and administration officials agreed that housing in the U.S. Virgin Islands is in crisis, while talking Tuesday during the Senate's Committee on Finance hearing on the the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget for the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority.

HFA: New, Streamlined Federal Home Repair Program Slated for September Start

The $225-million Envision Tomorrow home repair program could knock on home owners’ doors as early as September, Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith told The Source in a recent interview, with a simpler, more streamlined structure designed to avoid issues like the delayed contractor payments that plagued its post-hurricane emergency counterpart.

Ruling on Appeal Questions Contractor’s Charges

A rare ruling on an appeal filed in Superior Court points up the pitfalls a St. Thomas homeowner can face when fixing a storm damaged house. The case, originally filed in Small Claims Court, questions how much a contractor can charge for his services.

Winged Guests Slowly Returning to V.I.

Before Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Virgin Islands were home to sightings of over 150 different bird species, most of which Ranger Laurel Brannick of the National Park Service said can still be found in numbers that are "improving but not normal yet.”
Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted heavy damage on the cabins at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station at Lameshur Bay.

Clarification: FEMA Prepares Grant to Restore St. John Research Station

A historic St. John research station once used by deep sea adventurers in the 1960s will be brought back from the devastation of back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

Dowe Officially Returns to V.I. Port Authority

Carlton Dowe will return to the Virgin Islands Port Authority as its executive director after an official vote of approval from the authority’s governing board Wednesday.
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

JFL Reopening Could Be Delayed Until May 2020

Dyma B. Williams, acting chief executive officer of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital, and her staff told Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and members...
Community members at Tuesday's watershed meeting discuss areas that need remediation.

Meeting Focuses on Watershed Protection

When more than 40 residents of Coral Bay gathered Tuesday night for a meeting hosted by the Coral Bay Community Council, they were given maps of their local area and then asked to break into small groups.
Juanita Gardine School is one of three St. Croix schools adding seventh and eighth grades to become K-8 schools/ (File photo)

St. Croix School District Makes Reconfiguration Official

The Department of Education officially confirmed details of how St. Croix schools will be reconfigured for the fall. The new roster also involves some school uniform changes.

Work Underway at Frenchman’s Reef But No Opening Date Yet

Work on Frenchman's Reef resort, St. Thomas' largest hotel, is well underway, with parent company DiamondRock Hospitality saying they have already spent more than $60 million and plan to spend $200 million on remediation and construction.

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