Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment

first_img About Author: Seth Welborn  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Disaster Hurricane Recovery October 14, 2019 827 Views Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment Previous: Residential Real Estate on “Shaky Ground” Next: Counsel’s Corner: Assisting At-Risk Borrowers Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Loss Mitigation, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Disaster Hurricane Recovery 2019-10-14 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily After $5 billion in recovery funds have been disbursed in Texas, to help repair homes, businesses and infrastructure following Hurricane Harvey, but renters are unlikely to see any of these funds, The New York Times reports.“We do see jurisdictions where it looks very clear that homeowners are getting preferential treatment,” said Marion Mollegen McFadden, who ran a disaster-recovery grant program at HUD during the Obama administration and who is now SVP for public policy at the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners.“In some ways, it is a blind spot that the government has, except that it’s a blind spot that civil-rights advocates and others have brought a bright light to over the years in multiple recoveries,” McFadden adds.“Renters just don’t have the same access to recovery resources that homeowners do,” Rachel Zummo, a lawyer for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, told NYT. “ They are still struggling to recover from the setbacks the disaster caused.”U.S. Reps. Randy Weber and Lizzie Fletcher introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act in May with support from 13 other co-sponsors from Texas, mostly from the Houston area, as well as supporters from other communities waiting on the funding, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”In New Jersey, renters faced a similar challenge in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy. Civil rights groups reached a settlement in 2014 that required New Jersey to increase the resources available to low-income renters, including establishing a $15 million pool for immediate help to displaced tenants.last_img read more

Tony Award winner visits Saint Mary’s

first_imgIn recent years, Saint Mary’s students have welcomed various theater professionals to the college, including actor Glenn Close and comedian Lily Tomlin. Tony Award-winner and Broadway actress Donna McKechnie joined that list when she hosted a master class for students Monday. “How fortunate we are that our students are able to learn from the masters like Donna McKechnie and Lily Tomlin, both Tony Award winning-actresses,” Mark Abram-Copenhaver, a theatre professor at the College, said in a press release. “Ms. McKechnie is a master of not only the theater, but of what makes theatre sing — music and dance.” McKechnie, who teaches an acting class in New York, told the students in Monday’s class why teaching others to act is important to her. “My job in a class with students I teach in New York is to ask them, ‘How do we make this more real for you?’” McKechnie said. She said it is important to personalize a role and not to let fear cause hesitation. “We have to stay out of our own way,” she said. McKenchie won a Tony Award for best actress for her role as Cassie in “Chorus Line,” according to the press release. Other credits include “On the Town,” “Promises, Promises” and “State Fair.” “My soapbox in life is American musical theater,” McKechnie said. “I learned with people who are incredible. I am a professional student and I have studied and I will continue to study.” During master class, held in the studio in Regina Hall’s basement, four Saint Mary’s theater students came before McKechnie and performed a musical number each had been working on, and she supplied them feedback. After each performance, McKechnie gave the student direction and they worked through the song with her. Throughout the musical numbers, McKechnie said students need to put their fear aside. “We try to show because we aren’t in complete relaxation with ourselves,” she said. “Really feel it before you say it. It’s not about pain, it’s about freeing ourselves.” McKechnie said the difficulty in acting is bringing all the elements together. “We’re integrating the words and the feeling and all of this,” she said. “That’s why it’s so complicated.”last_img read more

Smith-Schuster leads wide receiver corps

first_imgWide Receiver U · USC has a rich history of talented wide receivers and the combination of sophomore tandem of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree’ Jackson could prove to be lethal during the 2015 season. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanWith the departure of wide receiver Nelson Agholor and George Farmer to the NFL, the Trojans’ wide receiver corps will need to step up in order for the Trojans to live up to their pre-season hype. One would think that a program that lost its star receiver would be worried about the upcoming season, but not USC.Sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, a returning star, will fill Agholor’s role as top receiver with ease following his standout freshman season. In his freshman season, Smith-Schuster racked up a total of 54 receptions for 724 yards for five touchdowns. In Smith’s debut against Fresno State, he tallied up 123 receiving yards, setting the first-year freshman record for a season opener. Against Washington State, Smith-Schuster had three touchdown catches to tie the USC freshman record.Smith-Schuster was a 2014 All-American first teamer, 2015 Biletnikoff Award candidate and in the discussion for All-American honors. Coming off such success as a freshman, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise for Smith to better his performance from his freshman year.With the immediate impact that Smith-Schuster had on the team as a freshman, he should easily take over the No. 1 receiving spot. Another year of experience means that he could up his game and become the next great receiver from USC.Not only do the Trojans have Smith-Schuster, but they also have one of the most exciting athletes in college football. Sophomore three-way player Adoree’ Jackson, a returning starter, has explosive speed that can really help the Trojans out on offense. Jackson was a 3-way player on eight games in 2014. He also was a track sensation, winning the long jump in the Pac-12 championships and placing fifth at the NCAAs. Jackson has a type of power and agility that could make USC’s offense unstoppable.Jackson also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2014. One of the two being the 98-yard touchdown return against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. He was a 2014 Freshman All-American first teamer, Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, and a candidate for the 2015 Heisman, Thorpe and Hornung awards.Last season, Jackson caught a total of 10 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns. If Jackson can get more offensive playing time this season, Smith-Schuster and Jackson can become an explosive one-two punch that the Trojans’ offense needs to have a long and successful season.Junior wide receiver Darreus Rogers could be another piece to the puzzle for the Trojans’ offense. Last season, Rogers caught 21 passes for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns. This could be Rogers’ chance to shine on the football field. He only started three times last year, but if he can prove himself in practices leading up to the start of the season, he would be able to sprinkle in some experience and continue to add success to the Trojans’ young group of wide receivers.Sophomore wide receiver Steven Mitchell was quite impressive and started to turn heads as one of the stars in 2015 spring drills. Last season, he had seven receptions for 82 yards with two touchdowns. With Mitchell itching for more playing time, he could be expected to be another weapon for USC’s offense.USC will also have great options from the newest Trojans. At 6-foot-3 and 205 lbs. junior wide receiver Isaac Whitney, from Riverside Community College, has the size and speed to make an immediate impact for the Trojans. As an early enrollee, he has had time to learn and grow comfortable with the Trojans’ offense. He is another option to be paired up with Smith; with the two of them together, expect USC’s offensive to be extremely successful.Junior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton from Long Beach City College will join the team in the fall. Standing at 6-foot-4, Hampton is a big receiver who can dominate in one-on-one situations. He is just another option in USC’s roster that can give their offense additional options for success.Along with junior college transfers, USC will have three incoming freshmen in the fall to be used as wideouts — in addition to their other positions. Running back and wide receiver Dominic Davis from Bishop Alemany High, may only be 5-foot-10 and 175 lbs. but his speed could be incredibly helpful to the Trojans’ offense. In 2015, he placed third in California in the 100-meter-dash and fourth in 2014. Two-way player Isaiah Langley from Foothill High stands at 6 feet and 165 lbs. As a senior, he had 33 catches and 12 touchdowns. Both Davis and Langley were Prep All-Americans. The third of USC’s newest freshman wideouts is safety, center back, wide receiver Ykili Ross from Riverside Poly High School. Ykili had 50 catches and 15 touchdowns as a senior. Any one of these freshmen could follow in the footsteps of Smith-Schuster.Each of the options for receiver for the Trojans’ offense brings his own skills and talents to the plate. Individually, they each shine in their own aspects, but together they could create an incredibly successful offense and continue USC’s history of having some of college football’s best wide receivers.last_img read more