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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Medical Crisis

While written about NOLA specifically, I'd guess the numbers are similar, if not worse, in the rest of the affected region.

Please keep pushing for medical personnel to go down and assist. Even if it's a bunch of EMTs who want to do vitals on people - to make sure their BP is doing ok - it's needed.

All Things Considered,

February 28, 2007 · Volunteer groups recently held the Greater New Orleans Medical Recovery Week. Physicians, nurses and technicians saw 500 to 600 patients a day during the event. Many who received care waited in line overnight because they had no other choice for medical and dental care.

Trailers and tents were spread out in a New Orleans East park to create a temporary medical facility.

Before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Lucia Parker worked in a hospital and had medical insurance. But now that Parker's employer St. Charles General is closed, she has no job, no insurance and no care. That's why she took advantage of the Medical Recovery Week.

Dr. Teck Kim Khoo of Minnesota's Mayo Clinic came to New Orleans this week with more than 30 of his colleagues to volunteer for the service event. He said that it was a fulfilling experience to treat the people he saw in New Orleans.

During the weeklong event in New Orleans, more than 800 volunteers saw about 4,000 patients.

More than 400 doctors, dentists and nurses flew in from across the country to volunteer at the event, which saw about 600 patients on opening day. Event organizers estimate that more than 10,000 medical services will be provided by the end of the week.

Excerpt from a different interview of same topic:

To make matters worse, fewer than a third of the city's health care providers have returned. So the international relief groups Operation Blessing and Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, or RAM, came together to organize this year's fair. RAM's founder is Stan Brock.

BILL HORAN, Operation Blessing: The average number of deaths per month has increased almost 50 percent since Katrina, while at the same time the population has diminished by almost 50 percent. So that's why people are lined up here at 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning for free medical service.


Link with similar story, different numbers:

Full Interview re: Medical Crisis:

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MS Development Authority

3.27 Scam
Dear Colleagues and Organization Representatives,

Please forward this to all of your contacts! I have sent this to the entire list serves(I have) for STEPS and Rebuild Jackson County.

A member of the ECD/HOPE staff was alerted today of a potential scam taking place. A group is calling and emailing folks (especially senior citizens) claiming to be MDA. They have a logo,etc that appears to be official. They tell applicants that certain information is needed to complete the application for Phase I or Phase II grants and then they get the applicant’s personal information.

Please let people know that MDA/Reznick has a policy where they never ask for personal info over the phone or via email. If people are solicited, it is NOT an authorized contact. If more details emerge, we will keep you posted.


Christy M. Hahn 228-466-8267
Executive Director
Hancock County Long Term Recovery Committee
5380 Kiln Delisle Rd.
Kiln, MS 39556

1/15 How-To Manual For Grant Program!
Understanding Mississippi's Homeowner Assistance Grant Program has gotten alot easier thanks to a team of attorneys from a nationwide law firm, NixonPeabody LLP, and the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), the Jackson- and Biloxi-based nonprofit, public interest law firm. Together they have produced a new manual and website, already in use, that gives detailed explanations of the homeowner grant program and its appeals process. The new manual will be used by MCJ staff attorneys and out-of-state volunteer lawyers at four free legal clinics on the Coast, January 19; two of the clinics (Gulfport and Biloxi) will provide help in Spanish and Vietnamese, respectively. When MCJ asked Nixon Peabody to help assemble the manual for Mississippi homeowners and lawyers, specialists at the full-service law firm responded pro bono, which means their work was free.
The new manual can also be used to help volunteer lawyers determine if a homeowner is eligiblefor a grant.
Nixon Peabody has also established a Mississippi Homeowners'Assistance Grant Program special resource site at http://micdbgappeals.nixonpeabody.com/default.aspx
Jeffrey W. Sacks, apartner in Nixon Peabody's Affordable Housing practice, says "Giving back to the community through pro bono service is a part of the fabric of NixonPeabody. When the devastation of Hurricane Katrina occurred, we wanted to determine how we could best put the knowledge and insight of our nationally recognized affordable housing practice to use for those most in need. Our commitment to assist the Mississippi Center for Justice and the volunteer lawyers working with its organization is just one of many steps NixonPeabody is taking to help with the rebuilding and housing revitalizationeffort along the Gulf Coast."
According to Karen Lash, MCJ's National Pro Bono Coordinator, "There's been widespread confusion about this grant program and the rules have changed many times. Thanks to Nixon Peabody, our lawyers now have an important reference tool - and volunteer lawyers can be quickly trained to help handle the swelling number of homeowners' concerns about the program, their award amount, and their appeal rights." In addition to the Nixon Peabody
manual, the new web site also has a "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" page to help grantees understand the grant program. The FAQ section was written pro bono by lawyers at Citigroup and The Lawyer's Committee for CivilRights Under Law. Print copies of the FAQ are available from MCJ and will also be distributed at future clinics. For more information about the MCJclinics, how the manual is being used to help Mississippi Gulf Coast residents or if you are a lawyer interested in volunteering with MCJ and want more information, please call 228-435-1075.
For more information on other Gulf Coast housing and rebuilding efforts being led by Nixon Peabody, contact Andrea Goodman at agoodman@nixonpeabody.com or 617-345-1381.
Mississippi Center for JusticeP. O. Box 1023 Jackson, MS 39215-1023 Phone: (601) 352-2269

11/23 Phase II Beginning
Details of Phase Two of Homeowner Assistance ProgramFrom: Office of the Governor Filed 11/20/06 GCN
Homeowners who did not qualify under the original multibillion-dollar grant program have another opportunity to apply for assistance to repair, rebuild or relocate under a second phase that has opened for public comment.
Phase Two of the Homeowner Assistance Program will provide funding up to a maximum of $50,000 for low to moderate income homeowners whose primary residence suffered flood surge damage from Hurricane Katrina. Such homeowners may qualify regardless of whether they were uninsured or under-insured and regardless of whether their homes were inside or outside the federally-delineated flood plain.
The original program covered about 15,000 families and the second phase opens new opportunities for assisting more people, Governor Haley Barbour said.
“We’ve been working with the federal government for months to develop this second phase in order to help as many as 10,000 more families,” Governor Barbour said.
Phase Two includes a special needs feature under which eligible applicants who are age 65 or over, or who are disabled, or who have household income at or below 60 percent of the Average Median Income can get up to an additional $25,000, or a total of $75,000.
Also, an additional grant of up to $30,000 is available to help eligible applicants defray the cost of elevating their homes, if necessary.
Generally, a qualifying homeowner must have a household income at or below 120 percent of the Average Median Income (AMI), or about $63,000 a year for a family of four.
As with the original program, anyone who receives a grant under Phase Two and is rebuilding will have to elevate their home out of the flood plain, build consistent to the International Building Code/International Residential Code, and carry flood insurance.
In addition, Phase Two grant recipients must agree to a covenant on their property that establishes building code, homeowner insurance, and elevation requirements for them or any future owner of the land; and agree to remain at that site for three years, or relocate elsewhere in George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson or Pearl River counties.
Like the initial phase, this second phase of the program will be funded from the $4 billion allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The starting point for each individual grant calculation will be the cost to repair or rebuild the structure based on a damage assessment approved by the Mississippi Development Authority.
In addition to the homeowner grants through the first and second phases, Governor Barbour said the federal government has also allowed the state to allocate $100 million of the grant funds for restoration of public housing in the three coastal counties. The state is also working closely with HUD to fund more restoration of rental housing and other modifications to the original grants program.
Families that have already applied for the original phase of the program or already registered for follow-on programs do not have to re-register to be considered for Phase Two; however, homeowners who are uncertain are encouraged to go ahead and re-register. New applicants should call 1-866-369-6302 to schedule an application appointment.
This proposed modification – Number 4 Phase II – is open for public comment. Copies of the entire plan are available by written or telephone request from the Mississippi Development Authority call center (1-866-369-6302), or on the Internet at http://www.mississippi.org/. The modification will be available in Vietnamese and Spanish translations at the same website.
Written comments regarding this proposed modification may be mailed to the Mississippi Development Authority, Post Office Box 849, Jackson, MS 39205 or sent via facsimile to (601) 359-9280. Comments may also be submitted online to hoacomments@mississippi.org. Comments must be received no later than December 8, 2006.

Change of Leadership http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/GCNnewsMDAleadershipchange.htm

Governor Haley Barbour announced today that Leland Speed, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority since the beginning of the Barbour Administration, is returning to the private sector and will be replaced by Gray Swoope, MDA's chief operating officer.
The change will become effective at the end of the year. Governor Barbour characterized the change as a seamless transition in the leadership ranks of the state agency tasked with creating new and higher paying jobs through economic development and business enhancement.
"Leland Speed is one of this state's most outstanding business leaders and came into government from the private sector so he could be of service to the people. He has done a fabulous job as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority and I am grateful for his service. State government needs more people like him," Governor Barbour said.
The Governor also praised the leadership that Swoope has demonstrated over the past three years in his position as MDA's Chief Operating Officer."Gray Swoope has been the man behind the details of all of the important initiatives undertaken by MDA since the beginning of my Administration," Governor Barbour said. "He is thoroughly immersed in all aspects of Mississippi's economic development program and initiatives, and I am delighted to say that with his elevation to the top spot we won't miss a beat."

11/20 Homeless Shelter Grants
The State HOME Program makes funds available to countygovernments and certified Community Housing Development Organizations(CHDOs), incorporated municipalities, not designated by HUD as local participating jurisdictions or Consortium.
Emergency Shelter Grant Programs (ESG) funds are used to provide assistance to homeless individuals and families. They can be used for shelter improvements, maintenance and operations of shelters, homeless assistance with supportive housing, and ultimately, permanent housing.
Alert your local communities of this program!!!
For more information contact:
Community Services DivisionGrants Management BureauTelephone: 601.359.3179
Website: http://www.mississippi.org/content.aspx?url=/page/2769&

11/20 Community Development Block Grants
(Hyperlinks probably won't work)
The Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) helps the local units of government realize their potential by providing funds necessary to ensure decent housing, basic community services, environmental quality and economic opportunities for their residents. The State CDBG Program makes funds available to the local units of government except for the entitlement cities that show a genuine need for specific projects and can meet the program's state and federal eligibility requirements. In accordance with the Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, project activities must meet at least one of the following national objectives:
Benefit low- and moderate-income persons;
Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight;
Meet urgent needs because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.
A local unit of government may apply for CDBG funds in the Public Facilities, Economic Development, Mississippi Micro-Enterprises Development Demonstration and Community Asset Development and Sustainability Planning Demonstration categories.
The Public Facilities category provides funding for public improvements such as water, wastewater, drainage, streets and certain public buildings. This category includes a Regular Competition for funds as well as a Small Government and Emergency Set Asides, and Community Self-Help Program. The Self-Help Category provides funding for public improvements such as water, wastewater, downtown improvements and recreational improvements. Some Public Facilities projects may be funded under the stringent Urgent Needs/Emergencies national objective. An Urgent Needs/Emergencies project must prove a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and meet other criteria such as the date of occurrence of the emergency condition.
The Economic Development category provides funding to the local units of government for eligible infrastructure improvements in the support of business start-ups and expansions. Job creation is the key to CDBG-assisted economic development. Economic Development Public Improvements subcategory provides grants to local governments on behalf of businesses for the provision of needs such as water, sewer and access roads. Economic Development Loans may be used for capital improvements, equipment or working capital at the discretion of the Community Services Division.
The Mississippi Micro-Enterprises Development Demonstration category provides funding in support of Micro-Enterprise business endeavors. Grants are awarded to eligible the local units of government that are then loaned to specific for-profit businesses, or a local units of government may contract with an eligible non-profit organization that is directly involved with Micro-Enterprise development.
The Community Asset Development and Sustainability Planning Demonstration is to assist L/M communities having a need for community planning to improve economic viability or quality of life.
For more information, please select the categories listed below:
Public Facilities (Regular, Small and Urgent Needs/Emergencies)
Economic Development
Micro-Enterprises Development Demonstration
Community Asset Development and Sustainability Planning Demonstration
The CDBG Final Statements provide the category allocations, specific information, special conditions, and threshold requirements.
Community Services Division
Telephone: 601.359.3179
Fax: 601.359.9311

MS Grant Statistics
11/18 Checks Given* The state has sent out 5,701 checks to Mississippi Gulf Coast homeowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina, program supervisors said Thursday

Barbour orders grants increased - On average, some will receive $15,000 more
PASCAGOULA - A majority of those who have received or will receive Hurricane Katrina homeowner grant checks will be getting more money than originally estimated, per Gov. Haley Barbour's orders.
About 85 percent of those who had been approved for grants and told an amount before Oct. 23 will receive more money, an average of $15,000 more. These homeowners don't have to wade through any more paperwork or meetings for this increase, officials said. The recalculations are being made automatically and will not further delay the process, they said. But $150,000 is still the maximum, and officials stressed that not everyone will receive an increase and that $15,000 is an average.
Apparently, kinks in the months-delayed grant program are being worked out after an angry Barbour, who is ultimately in charge of how it is run, ordered changes weeks ago. The program as of Thursday morning had doled out 3,162 checks, compared to the less than 200 that had been paid out just a few weeks ago.
Barbour had received much praise for using his Washington clout last year to help convince Congress and HUD to approve up to $5 billion for a Katrina homeowner bailout. No such help has ever been given after other natural disasters. But as the program dragged on months beyond when Barbour and others had estimated people would be receiving checks, that praise turned to criticism from homeowners desperately wanting to rebuild and leave their FEMA trailers. Others argued - and nearly 2,000 formally appealed - that the grant amounts for which they were approved were too low.
Barbour himself criticized the slowness, although he said federal red tape and problems with insurance and mortgage companies not providing information was causing much of the delay. Barbour ordered changes, such as allowing people to fill out affidavits to sidestep logjams when insurance companies or others won't provide info. He also told administrators to err on the side of the homeowners when calculating the grant amounts.
A top Barbour advisor and an official with the company hired to run the Katrina grant program toured the Coast on Wednesday and Thursday, meeting with government, nonprofit and community leaders, and the media.
"For this to work, all these people have to play nice: SBA, FEMA, HUD, MDA, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry, the title insurance industry, the governor's office, local chancery clerks and outside contractors," said Paul Raffensperger of the Maryland-based Reznick Group, hired by the Mississippi Development Authority to run the program.
As the homeowner grant program began to stumble and miss the optimistic deadlines that state officials had set for getting checks out to people, county supervisors said they were the ones who most often heard about it.
And in Jackson County, by far the county with the most homeowner grant applicants, supervisors' phones rang off the hook. People couldn't get information through the MDA hotline and didn't have anywhere else to turn.
Supervisors John McKay and Manly Barton at a meeting Thursday explained to Jim Perry, with the governor's staff, that it was frustrating because they didn't have answers either, but tried to act as liaisons for the people and at first had trouble getting through to MDA and the governor's office themselves.
Perry and Raffensperger explained one major change is the MDA centers that have reopened in each county are now real service centers with answers for the public and workers who can be advocates to help homeowners receive the most from the program.
Both McKay and Barton said the most bitter feedback they received were in cases where neighbors with similar homes and very similar damage received very different damage assessments from the inspectors for the grants.
Though Raffensperger blamed human error and a glitch in the formula used to calculate damage, he also said that some of it just couldn't be explained. But he pointed to the fact that the governor took care of that problem, allowing the grant program to go with the highest damage estimate a homeowner receives, be it SBA or grant inspectors.
McKay said it is obvious that the state is making improvements. The number of calls he's getting has dropped off, "but there's still some heartburn out there over what makes one house 11 percent damaged and another next door 90 percent.
"All in all it is turning out pretty good. The federal government gave us the money. The governor led the charge," he said.
State Democratic leaders have been making much political hay against Barbour over delays in grants and other problems.
Perry said he doesn't know whether the problems would hurt Barbour - who stands for re-election next year - politically on the Coast. But he said he doubts the governor cares.
"The governor and all the people working seven days a week on this are not motivated by politics in this. Their motivation is to help as many people as possible.
"I would be surprised if (Barbour suffers politically) by a program that is the first of its kind, that the governor proposed and successfully got funding for and has implemented, that means thousands of homeowners get assistance they normally wouldn't have gotten, and thousands more will be soon. I would be surprised, but even if it does, it was worth it," Perry said.
"We are not working toward the election right now. We are trying to help people recover."

Homeowner grants
Q: What's been taking so long? Why haven't I gotten a check?
A"We didn't anticipate initial, fierce opposition from the mortgage industry," said Jim Perry, Barbour's chief of policy. "We didn't anticipate that would drag things out by five months to begin with. We didn't anticipate that it would take several months to get reliable, usable data from SBA and we didn't anticipate that many of the 200 insurance companies we had to deal with would be unwilling to provide information. There's still no excuse, and nobody's been happy with the pace. But you have to consider we are still only six months out from when HUD approved the money.
Homeowner grants
Some answers to frequently asked questions about the Katrina homeowner grant program, which is federally funded but run by the Mississippi Development Authority and, ultimately, Gov. Haley Barbour:
Q: Have state leaders been dragging their feet on sending grant checks in order to collect interest on the billions in federal money?
A: No. The state is not collecting interest. The money is allocated on a "draw-down" basis. As checks are issued, HUD sends the money to the state.
Q: Have any homeowners been dragging their feet?
A: Apparently. Of the nearly 10,000 who have been sent "closing packets," only 6,000 have completed and returned them.
Q: I had an SBA loan, but I have received my full grant payment. Was this a mistake? Will I have to give the money to SBA later?
A"Go ahead and cash it," said Paul Raffensperger of the Reznick Group, the company hired to run the grants. He said SBA makes its own calculations about "duplication of services" and how much of the grant should be paid to it. If you receive a check, Raffensperger said, it's yours, although you will still have to live by whatever loan repayment agreement you have with SBA.
Q: I sold my home before I received a grant. Will I still get one?
A: Only if you can get the buyer to sign an agreement to meet stipulations that include rebuilding to international code and federal flood elevation rules and carrying federal flood insurance. Officials said there is no exception for this. Raffensperger said some of the new homebuyers are signing the agreements, but others have refused. He said some are "bartering," or trying to get money from the person they bought from before they'll sign.
8/5 - MS Homeowner Grant Red Tape
An exerpt
The process will take time. The MS Development Agency says it will soon start sending out as many as 500 notices a day and that will take at least 34 days. It is the closing meetings that will take time. Homeowners have to appear in person at the closings to sign documents. If the MDA can handle a hundred closings a day, and each takes 15 minutes, which is an optimistic speed, it will take at least eight months to process all the claims. It is likely that many homeowners will not see a check any sooner than well into next yea

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Small Business Tax Write-offs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- If you own a small business and have already filed your taxes, then Uncle Sam is probably the last person you want to think about right now. But there's no better time to make some moves that could significantly pay off in 2007.

For instance, buying a Ford Escape hybrid instead of a Honda Accord could save you $3,000 next year. That's just one of the many tax credits out there, which could reduce or even eliminate your tax bill next year.

Alternative Motor Vehicles: By now, a lot of small business owners are aware of the hybrid vehicle tax credit, but many might be surprised by how many types of vehicles currently qualify. For the complete list from the IRS, click here.

For instance, business owners may not know that many SUVs (more than 6,000 pounds) qualify for the deduction, which is known as a 179. That means you can expense up to $25,000 of the cost of the vehicle.

So if you are thinking of new wheels, just keep in mind that the tax benefits from buying a hybrid car or SUV apply to those purchased and put to use before Dec. 31.

Basing Your Office in a Renewal Community Zone: If you are looking to open an office or move from your current location, check if it makes sense to move into a federally mandated renewal zone or empowerment zone.

"It's pretty amazing what qualifies," said Brian Liu, co-founder and CEO of LegalZoom, which provides online legal assistance for small business owners.

"You would be surprised by what's out there and there are some significant tax savings," he said.

Small business owners in these areas can qualify for reduced taxation on capital gains and tax credits for hiring local residents - as much as $1,500 per employee.

There are also new construction credits, tax abatement credits and accelerated depreciation on durable goods. These incentives are designed to encourage businesses to open or expand in distressed communities.

Check out the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Web site for more information.

Retirement and Pension Funds: If you haven't already, now is the time to start a retirement account.

Federal law allows small business owners to put up to 25 percent of their annual income into a retirement account such as a 401(k), SEP or Keogh.

And socking away up to one-quarter of your income will not only lower your tax bill, but it's also fiscally responsible.

Liu advises setting up a retirement account as soon as possible, although, technically, you have until Dec. 31.

Childcare Facilities: For those small business owners juggling work and family, consider adding a childcare facility to your office space, even if you work from home.

You can claim a credit of up to 35 percent of your expenses for childcare. That means if you have a home office and a nanny, you can get a credit of up to 35 percent of your nanny's salary, up to $3,000 per child.

Disabled Access: If you are planning on expanding or renovating your office this year, complying with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act could save you lots of dough. For example, you can get a tax credit of up to $5,000 in addition to a tax deduction of up to $15,000 for making your bathroom or entryway handicapped-accessible.

"When you are renovating an office, it pays to meet with standards," Liu said.

Bradford Hall, a tax specialist and president of Hall & Company based in Irvine Calif., says now is the best time to get your accounting in order instead of waiting until the end of the year.

"Then you won't get behind the eight ball," he said.

More Tips
Reducing Your Tax Bill
Startup Tax Deductions
Home-Office Tax Tips
Startup Tax Deductions

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Article Index

Assessments From Outside Sources
3/10 General FEMA News
Class Action Suit in NOLA Against FEMA
Aspen Institute's Assessment
CDC Assessments 1
CDC Assessments 2
Media Assessment
Hancock County Official's Testimony
Hurricane Risk Whistle Blower
More FEMA Grants to MS
FEMA Trailers Article
FEMA Using Grant $ to Repay YOUR SBA Loan
FEMA v. Disabled
The Coming Trend From FEMA
New MS FEMA Director

Articles Regarding Working In Disaster Areas
3/9 Keeping Our Eye On The Ball
2/20 Recycle Building Supplies 3
2/10 Retro Study on Burden of Local Charities
2/10 Trees Becoming Widowmakers
Fungal Contamination Article
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Article
Guidelines For Using PPE
Cleaning After A Flood
Safety Guidelines For Volunteers
Recycle Building Supplies 1
Recycle Building Supplies 2
Building Code Article

Help (index of links and posts re: help)
Contractor Grifter Article
2/17 Community Gardens
2/2 Preparing For A Disaster Before It Hits
1/21 Reducing Debt
1/21 Reducing Food Bills
12/22 Gift Card Scam
11/30 Stay Safe in FEMA Trailers
11/19 Tax Credit - 2006 Only
11/10 Snail Mail Scam
11/2 - Insurance Trial Precedent
10/15 Steps to Save Heat
Free Legal Help - 10/13
10/10 Modular Housing Tax Reduced
9/20 - Katrina Housing Corporation
9/14 - Tax Relief Information
8/2 - Tax Assistance Articles

Emotional and Physical Price of The Storms
6/15 MS Health Care Rating
3/27 Medical Crisis
3/22/07 TB On Rise
3/22/07 Videos, Pictures
3/16/07 Carnival of Hurricane Relief - for 1 month
3/1/07 General Emotional Trauma Articles
2/9/07 Help So Far Away For Too Many
2/5/07 New Child Depression Article
1/26/07 Effects of Displacement on Children
1/19/07 Skin Infection Update (see also: 1/22 Skin Infection Article )
1/12/07 Syphilis is on Rise
11/23/06 Elderly Still Suffering
10/16/06 Emotional Assistance
7/28/06 Depression Rising Children
Emergency Services Workers
Drug and Violence Issues

Local Interest
Hancock County
Auto Break-Ins On Rise
Hancock County 911 In Need
4/19 From Kathleen Johnson - Who Are The Victims of Katrina?
3/19/07 Update From a Volunteer
2/9/07 Half a Mil in Drugs Seized
2/8/07 3 Schools Have Green Spaces Landscaped
2/5/07 Septic Woes
2/2/07 Materials Held Hostage
2/1/07 Meth Lab Busted
2/1/07 FEMA Grants for HC
1/22/07 Skin Infection Article
1/21/07 Gang Violence Increasing
12/24/06 Hancock County Jail Fire
12/26 Unemployment Down in Hancock County
12/26 'Still Busted Up
12.24 Hancock County Rebuilding Going "Well"
12/23 Quilt Auction Helps H.C. Libraries
12/9 Family Injured in FEMA fire
12/5 Eatery Robbed
12/3 Claremont Harbor and Lakeshore
12/3 H.C. Future Lookin Brighter
11/23 Menonite Disaster Relief
10/5 H.C. Sheriff Raise Disputed
9/20 Mayor Favre Suggests Merging Some County/City Departments
9/6 Americorps Staying In Hancock County
9/2 Weed in Hancock County
Diamondhead Water Woes
Bay St Louis
BSL Needs New Chief
3/12/07 The Bay Needs a New Jail
3/7 BWSD makes School News
3/1 Old Town Infrastructure Plan
2/12 BSL Artist on NPR
2/9 Volunteer Artists Beautifying Empty Space
2/9 Political Turmoil Abounds
1/14 Old Town, BSL Casino Plans
1/14 BSL Building Chief Resigns
1/12 BSL Water Meters
12/25/06 BSL Fire Dpt Shake up
9/6 Beach Blvd Rebuilding Issues
Mayor Favre
2/10/07 MS Community Fund Grants Housing Money
2/8 Open Letter to Send on Behalf of Volunteer Fire Department
2/3 Article on Aid Decrease - focus on P-ton
1/12 Pearlington Funding For Community Center
8/13/06 Pearlington Volunteer Reunion
School Merging
2/25/07 Saratoga Springs, NY, Mardi Gras
2/16 BBC Article
1/20 Police Enter Volunteer Org's Office
1/4 Waveland Audit Requested
Waveland Mayor Thanks Hoosiers
Waveland Annexes Land
Habitat in Waveland
School Merging

MS Articles
7/18 Petition for Presidential Candidates
7/5 Allstate Settles with MS
3/25 Church World Services
3/25/07 Wind Pool Article
3/16/07 Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Biloxi Information
3/7 Schools Still Struggling
3/1 MS Commercial Rebuilding Gone Due To Insurance
2/9 MDOT Needs Workers
2/3 Homestead Tax Article
1/27 Going without Heat
1/23 State of the State Address
1/21 Deuce McAllister Working Toward New MS Burn Unit
12/22/06 State of the Gulf Article
9/25 Relief Money Problems Also Continue
9/1 Waste Water Issues
9/1 Report On Rebuilding Artificial Reefs
10/2 - Housing Update
10/4 - New Spider In Town
10/6 Economic Stats for MS
11/8 Local Construction Company Success Story
11/30 Items From Gulf Residents
11/29 Water Supply Proposal For Gulf Coast

Emergency Services/First Responder Information
NOLA Dr. Not Indicted
7/16 New Radios For ES
2/17 NOPD Communication Assistance
2/15 Female Professional Fire Fighters To Help Rebuild
12/24 Hancock County Jail Fire
12/28 Cyanide Treatment In The Field.
12/26 NOPD Needs Personnel
NOFD - City Council Support Updated
12/26 'Still Busted Up
12/25 BSL Fire Dpt Shake up
11/8 Harrison County's New ES Coordinator
11/7 MS Fugitive Sweep a Success
10/23 Avoiding Infectious Diseases
10/20 MS EMS Fraud
10/18 Jefferson Parish EOC
10/5 Increasing Difficulties Insuring MS Law Enforcement
10/5 Hancock County MS Sheriff Wants Raise
10/4 NOLA Area - Fire Annexation Issues
FEMA Pledge to EMS - Added 9/29
Ladder Trucks Needed For New Construction
FD Sources To Call For Attention to Needs
MS FD Guardian Angel

3/19 A Quilt to Make
3/18 For NOLA Lovers - Hubigs Pies Sold Online
3/12 Newt Gingrich On Katrina
3/12 State Farm Settles Out of Court Goes with - 1/12 State Farm Insurance Investigated
3/7 A Survivor Speaks Out
2/17 Environmental Worries Continue
2/17 Gulf Coast Civic Works Project
2/17 Starting Community Gardens
1/27 Cancer Med Article
1/16 Our Own Going to MO To Help
1/16 Alternative Housing
1/13 Aussies Building Steel Framed Homes
1/10 Katrina Cottage Program in MS
1/6 DeWalt Generator Recall
1/5 Animal Crisis Articles
12/3 Foreign Journalists Aghast
12/10 - New Award Winning Play
12/9 Answering The Ignorant - No, The Gulf Isn't Rebuilt Yet
Looking For Purple Heart Recipients
Termite Myth Debunked
8/2 Arsenic or No Arsenic In The Soil?
9/5 Kathleen Koch of CNN Speaks Out
10/13 Coast Line Loss and Recovery

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Church World Services

Grants expanded for rebuilding along U.S. Gulf Coast
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, CWS and Habitat for Humanity International set out to repair or rebuild 500 damaged homes for vulnerable families, using a $3 million Habitat grant. CWS and Habitat are now expanding the grant program over the next year to allow grants of up to $10,000 per family. CWS is channeling the grants through local long-term recovery committees that can best identify and manage cases of unmet needs in their communities.
CWS has so far provided more than $6.1 million in financial and in-kind assistance to benefit families affected by the 2005 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes.
On February 27-28, CWS disaster response liaison Tom Davis co-led two Interfaith Trauma Response Training sessions in Gulfport, Miss. Davis is helping to design training components for early psychological intervention programs following disasters.

Contributions to support the ongoing recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, Attn: Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515. Contributions may also be made by credit card online, or by calling: 800-297-1516, ext. 222.

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Contractor Grifter

Article on Church World Services Site
By Matt HackworthChurch World Service
SLIDELL, LA -- Just after Hurricane Katrina pushed a devastating storm surge into the city's subdivisions, Ida and Austin Beasley received an offer of help from a fellow church member.
The Beasleys, who live on a fixed retired income in a modest, brown Cape Cod-style home, thought the $3,000 offer to remove and replace flood-damaged drywall was a bargain from a parishioner who could be trusted. Instead, the Beasleys ended up with drywall of mismatched thicknesses, gaping joints between the panels and a total depletion of what little funds they had to rebuild.
"They didn't have flood insurance, and after they got scammed, we didn't know what to do," said Suzie Carrier, the Beasleys' daughter.
More and more people like the Beazleys, who fall victim to predatory contractor schemes, are turning to authorities for help. Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. said his office receives around 125 contractor fraud claims a week.
The number of complaints is rising, perhaps because outreach efforts are bolstering disaster survivors to take action. A vibrant billboard campaign stands out to motorists along south Louisiana roadways, asking for reports of scams ("CALL NOW") and warning those who might try them ("WE'RE WATCHING"). In Orleans Parish, a mobile complaint center frequents home center parking lots to take complaints from storm victims almost able to return home but for a scam.
"They're in shock, in a very vulnerable state," said Church World Service Disaster Relief and Recovery Liaison (DRRL) Tom Davis. "The contractors who are able to scam come in pretty quickly, and come in when people's ability to reason is at its lowest. A traumatized person whose home has been destroyed or whose roof has been blown off, they're just tunneling in on their need" without paying attention to critical details, such as contracts.
Davis, who has responded to disasters across the United States, noted how scamming contractors strategize to prey around when government aid or insurance settlements put checks in homeowner's hands. As homeowners in Mississippi and Louisiana prepare to receive $10.5 billion in recovery grants, attorneys general in both states are offering fill-in-the-blank examples of home repair contracts to residents, and warning against paying up front or in cash for work.
For the Beasleys, their brush with a contractor scam was too much for their daughter to handle. Suzie Carrier moved her family from Indiana back home to Slidell, where she spends her days painting the newly, and correctly, installed drywall in her parent's house, an effort to erase the physical reminders of an emotional predator. The Church Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), in partnership with Church World Service, secured materials and provided labor to make the Beasleys' home livable again.
"Without their help, I really don't know what we would have done," Carrier said

Contractor charged with bilking customers
03:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A Texas contractor accused of bilking a Slidell homeowner out of $60,000 turned himself in to St. Tammany Parish authorities Tuesday.

Gary Holland, 39, is charged with seven counts of theft over $500 in the case and St. Tammany Parish officials say more charges are anticipated in other cases.

Anyone who thinks they may be a victim of Holland or any other contractor is urged to call Detective Keith Dowling at 985-645-2454.

St. Tammany Parish deputies said Holland’s last known address was in Cypress, Texas.


Report it if you think you've been taken advantage of! Start with your local police and move your way up the food chain to the Chamber of Commerce, The Better Business Bureau and your state's Attorney General.

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Financial Assistance
3/25/07 HOPE Coalition America, a division of Operation HOPE, Inc. HOPE COALITION AMERICA

The following free services are available to you:
• Recovery Budgeting and the Use of Grant Funds
• Identifying Repairs and Desired Improvements
• Selecting a Qualified Building Contractor
• Grant, Existing Loan and New Loan Processes
• Monitoring the Process and Paying the Contractor
• Avoiding Legal Problems and Preventing Fraud
HCA, the disaster recovery division of Operation HOPE, has contracted with the Mississippi Development Authority to assist individuals and families through the challenging task of repairing or rebuilding homes after disasters.
If you have received a grant approval letter from the
Mississippi Development Authority and would like our
guidance and assistance:
• Call 888-388-HOPE (4673) to receive more information and our assistance.
Operation HOPE is a national 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that has provided services for fifteen years.
Website: www.operationhope.org E-Mail: hopecoalition@operationhope.org

Mortgage Assistance
Ameridream From Karen
18310 Montgomery Village Avenue Third Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Phone: 1-866-263-7437
Services: Provides a variety of services designed to help first time and low- to moderate income buyers buy and keep their homes.

1-877-634-3642Nehemia Corp - Grant program (from Marlene)

Ginnie Mae Information

American Dream Downpayment Assistance

Positive Alternatives Down Payment Gift Program
Family Grants, LLC, is the administrator of the Positive Alternatives Down Payment Gift Program. Positive Alternatives is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its tax ID # is 87-0501592.The Gifts Do Not Have To Be Repaid! Questions regarding The Family Grants Gift Program should be directed to the Administrator's office at:Family Grants, LLC
28740 US Hwy 98 Suite 14
Daphne, Alabama 36526
Phone: 251-625-8666
E-mail: info@familygrants.com

12/9 Housing Action Resource Trust (HART) is a California 501(c) (3)assists prospective homebuyers nationally who qualify for a first mortgage loan, but require the down payment and closing costs necessary to purchase a home.

Mortgage Payment Assistance (800) 750-8956
For families falling behind on mortgage payments, this national agency will work with your client’s mortgage company to arrange a workout plan to catch up missed payments. Housing counselors will discuss all options available to avoid foreclosures. Agency does not make loans or buy property.

MS Fraud Investigators
To learn more about the Hurricane fraud unit, or to file a complaint call 1-800-956-1846.

Insurance Mediation (MS only)MS Home Corp (601) 718-4636.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said that $40 million is being made available in low cost mortgages to Mississippi hurricane victims. Freddie Mac is the second-largest U.S. buyer and guarantor of home mortgages.

USDA Rural Assistance Grants
Homeowners 62 years and older are eligible for home improvement grants. Other low income families and individuals receive loans at a 1% interest rate directly from HCFP

USDA Home Repair Loan Program

Also USDA For Other Homeowner Grants USDA RHS also has a Centralized Service Center with a toll free number at 1-800-414-1226.

New HUD Program(from Marlene)HUD has announced a new program to assist families displaced from their homes by recent disasters. Under the Mortgage Assistance Initiative, HUD will make mortgage payments for up to one year for disaster victims who have FHA-insured mortgages and want to start living in their homes again.
For more information about this and other post-Katrina initiatives, please see our updated Hurricane Katrina fact sheet.

Also From HUD for MS:

HUD Disaster Voucher Program (section 8 stuff)Disaster Voucher Program (DVP) HUD and FEMA have established the Disaster Voucher Program (DVP) to assist HUD-assisted families who have been displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Persons must be registered with FEMA in order to receive the assistance.
To be eligible a person must be in one of the following categories:
A displaced public housing resident
A displaced Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participan
A displaced person from another HUD assisted program such as Project-based Section 8
A pre-Katrina homeless person in a HUD homeless program

HUD will provide housing assistance up to 18 months for eligible persons. HUD will also provide housing search assistance including transportation and temporary shelter while searching for housing.
Eligible persons may go to any housing authority that has a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program to sign up for this assistance.(The Housing Authority of New Orleans has opened an office in New Orleans to assist eligible persons who are in the area. Eligible persons must have their FEMA registration number when applying for the assistance.)

3/12 Fannie Mae
Go to their website: http://www.katrinaaidtoday.org/ to find the agency nearest you working with Fannie Mae and this program.
Individuals and families who remain in a transitional mode - FANNIE MAE continues to offer 18 months free housing for qualified Katrina and Rita survivors.
Fannie Mae Housing Program for Katrina and Rita Evacuees Clients who have registered with FEMA and have an income that would cover monthly utilities and that do not have any criminal history are eligible for the Fannie Mae program which provides a foreclosed Fannie Mae home for the client for 18 months rent free. Clients may have the option to buy at the end of the rental period. This program often takes 1-2 months to process through and thus is not a solution for people at risk of homelessness in the immediate future. Families with children take priority for this program.

Salvation Army Homeownership Grants- As a key piece of the plan, the Army, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, will provide homeownership assistance grants to survivors throughout Louisiana and Mississippi for the purchase of new Habitat homes.
Slidell, LA – (985) 781-3580
Biloxi, MS - (228) 435-4893
Gulfport, MS - (228) 822-2281(Tuesday and Thursdays – for appointments)
Pass Christian, MS - (228) 452-2121
Pascagoula, MS – (228) 475-4421

MS Home Grants
(601) 359-3449
With the new grant amounts, MDA will be accepting new appointments from homeowners who did not previously apply for the Katrina Homeowner Grant because of previous award limits. Please note that Katrina Grants do not impact federal or state benefits being paid, such as veteran’s benefits or disability payments. MDA urges all eligible citizens to apply.
The agency is finalizing details of the Public Housing Assistance Program, which will provide $100 million to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Housing Authorities in Jackson, Hancock and Harrison
Rebuilding Together
This national organization assists people in rebuilding after disaster as well as low income, disabled and others remodel or refurbish their homes when they have few other choices. Very good organization!

Relief Now Network
A newer non-profit that acts as a clearing house of information to assist areas in getting other organizations to help in their recovery efforts. I'm not certain of how effective they are, but it can't hurt to check them out.

Housing Searches

3/12 FEMA Housing Portal
Housing Portal consolidates rental resources for evacuees identified by federal agencies, private organizations, and individuals. This site is updated continuously, so check back often for the most current information!

Find/Rent/Sell - From Citizen Action Team
Phone: 704.334.8722
Email: info@socialserve.com
Nationwide??IMPORTANT NOTICE: Socialserve.com handles the property listings for LA Housing Search. Socialserve.com staff will help you list and update your property information. PLEASE accept emails and/or phone calls from Socialserve.com on behalf of the www.lahousingsearch.org site. Thank you! LA Housing Search

LA Housing Search
Search for housing through our new statewide service. If you have properties available, register them today. Looking for housing? We expect to have the search active shortly so check or contact us for more information.

MS Housing Search
Mississippi Home Corporation, the Mississippi Development Authority, the City of Jackson and the Mississippi Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials offer this web site in partnership with Socialserve.com. Our purpose is to provide information on the availability of affordable rental housing throughout the State in a user friendly environment. The partners do not screen postings to this site and do not screen landlords and/or prospective tenants using this site.

Other Resource Pages
Education Assistance Elderly
Emotional Resources
Family Resources
Furniture and More
Grandfamily/Single Parent ResourcesGrants for Individuals - does not include homeowner or repair grants
Home/Utility LA Family Resources
Medical ResourcesMortgage Resources

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Emotional Assistance

3/25 MS - Project Recovery 1-866-856-3227.
The Project Recovery helpline is accessible through April 27, seven hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-866-856-3227. There are no medical or financial screening methods to qualify to receive services.
South Mississippians affected by Hurricane Katrina who need extra help coping with stress can call Project Recovery, which provides free crisis counseling services through community outreach, public education and information and referral.

United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits said it had arranged with United Behavioral Health to provide free access to a toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotline to anyone affected by the hurricane. The number is (866) 615-8700.Callers can speak with counselors for help with emotional issues they may be experiencing and to receive referrals from a national database of community resources covering a range of concerns, including financial and legal issues.Callers who have suffered physical trauma will be transferred to a nurse who will be able to provide health information and decision support regarding the need for medical treatment.
2/11 - Through UMCOR - several booklets:
For Church Leader:
For Parents - Childrens Reactions
For Everyone - Gauge Your Emotional Recovery
For Everyone - Seeking Professional Help
Assistance To Care http://www.a2care.org/ Emotional and Addiction Assistance through the Red Cross
United Behavioral Health is also offering resources and information on disaster relief assistance on www.liveandworkwell.com .
12/26 A Book to Make - Plus other things - Creations By You

Online Support
Katrina Speak Out
I again wanted to extend an open invitation to anyone intersted in joining a yahoo group where they can say whats on there mind.We have a pretty good little group going where we just kinda support each other if intersted go to the link below and copy paste it in your search engine.This group is great and im proud to be a member of it and others because of the way it helps so many people.The reason I started Katrina_speakout was because I wanted somewhere we could discuss each others issues with (FREELY AND OPEN.)http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KATRINA_SPEAKOUT/
More Support Groups:
Katrina Wish List
Help For Katrina
Hurricane Caring Hearts
Hurricane Victim Help
First Responders Relief
Help For Katrina
Biloxi USA
Help For Families
Katrina Disaster 1
Katrina Rehousing
Katrinas Angels Forum
Katrina - NOLA

National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE 1-800-787-3224 TDD
http://www.focusas.com/Hotlines.html - For Most National Hotlines and Helplines
National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE
Project Recovery Mental Health Assistance Line 1-866-856-3227
Crisis counseling for Louisiana hurricane victims 1-800-273-8255

Measuring Your Stress
Your Cumulative Stress
Book - Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn - just republished. Excellent guide on stress management during times of disaster - health or otherwise
1/22 Free Bibles - From Marlene

Booklet on Helping Kids Cope With Disaster
Very great booklet you can DL and print out for yourself. Free.
Article On Needs of Child in Distress

Other Resources Pages

Education Assistance
Elder Care Assistance
Emotional Assistance
Family Resources
For Businesses
Grandfamily and Single Parent Financial Assistance
Home Rebuilding and Utility Assistance
LA Family Assistance
Links for Furnishings and More

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Assistance For Schools

2/3 Grant Tip-Writing Site

Scholarship and Grant Information for Educators Tuition Reimbursement, Loan Forgiveness, and other Financial Assistance Programs Information on federal tax deduction benefits and loan forgiveness programs

Travel Grants for Teachers

2/25 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is soliciting applications for the FY 2007 Adolescents at Risk for Suicide grant program to evaluate voluntary school-based programs that focus on identification and referral of high school youth who are at risk for suicide or suicide attempts.
WHO CAN APPLY: Eligibility is limited to local educational agencies and domestic, public and private nonprofit entities working in conjunction with local educational agencies.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications for No. SM-07-006 are available by calling SAMHSA's Clearinghouse at 1-877-SAMHSA7, or by downloading from the home site or Grants.gov . Applicants are encouraged to apply on line using Grants.gov.
APPLICATIONS DUE DATE: Must be received by April 6, 2007
ADDITIONAL INFORMTION: Applicants with questions on program issues should contact Cynthia K. Hansen at 240-276-1869 or e-mail Cynthia.Hansen@samhsa.hhs.gov.
For questions on grants management issues, contact Kimberly Pendleton at 240-276-1421 ormailto:orKimberly.Pendleton@samhsa.hhs.gov.

1/23 Math Mentor Grant Program
The Actuarial Foundation - Advancing Student Achievement
SUMMARY: The Actuarial Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions onhow to integrate math concepts from the work place into the classroom.
Groups applying for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that enhance learning and create a "love of math" in each student.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: All schools and groups willing to undertake a math mentoring program that involves local actuaries as volunteers are eligible. To see the number of registered actuaries available by state, see the foundation's Web site.
DUE DATE: There is no application deadline
CONTACT INFORMATION: The Actuarial Foundation, 475 North Martingale, Suite 600, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 706-3535,
Email: ASA@ActFnd.org

1/23 Music Education Grant
Dates are 2/1 and 8/1

11/24 ING Unsung Heroes Program Rewarding Excellence in America’s Schools.
Eligibility: All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of ING, are eligible Purpose: Do you or does someone you know have a creative, unique educational program that is helping students reach new heights? Or is there a program you’d like to implement, if only you had the proper funding? Deadline: April 30, 2007 Maximum Award: $2,000-$27,000 More Information: Scholarship America at (800) 537-4180 or ing@scholarshipamerica.org Download an application.

11/24 Rosie's For All Kids Foundation Grants Awarded grants are issued only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping low-income children and their families through quality childcare and early childhood education curriculum

Starbucks Youth Leadership Grant

11/24 Ameriquest After-School and Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program
The grant program is open to after-school programs with current 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Eligible after-school programs should offer youth services that emphasize leadership training, mentoring, community service, academic enrichment, or the arts.

11/24 HomeTown Helper Grants
Starting in September, individuals from communities and organizations across America can visit to submit a written essay of 250 words or less describing how the “My Hometown Helper” grant would help improve their community project. Applicants can request a one-time award between $500 and $15,000 during any single month.

11/24 GoGirlGo School Team Leadership Grants
Foundation Center
Women's Sports Center
GoGo Girl Through Kintera
The GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team Awards are designed to recognize teams that demonstrate leadership in their communities by inspiring girls to get involved in sports and physical activity.

Toyota Literacy Teacher Grant

InvenTeams School Project Grant

Field Trip Grants From Target

Grants from Lowes

State Farm Youth Service Grant

Capt Planet Foundation Grants

3/8 Microsoft Site For schools to apply for free software

11/24 Govt Computers for Learning
Place computers in classrooms and prepare children to contribute and compete in the 21st century. The program transfers excess Federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need

11/29 Computers ACCRC
We give free refurbished computers to schools, non-profit organizations, and economically and/or physically disadvantaged individuals. Although our computers are all old enough that they were discarded by their previous owners, the ones that we refurbish are still perfectly adequate for most home, school, and office applications. Our refurbished systems all run a Free software GNU/Linux operating system. To apply for one or more computers, please print one of our three placement applications: school, non-profit, or individual, and then fax, mail, or bring us the completed form.

3/5/07 BookClub Works
Book Club Works gives book clubs and literacy activists a place to find each other, adopt each other, and make a difference
Just a few of the literacy activists who desperately need books and a book club adoption.tribal teachers group homes homeless shelters battered womens' shelters juvenile detention centers inner city teachers disaster relief activists/librarians prison educators English as second language tutors and teachers Book Club Works is based on an adoption model. We simply help each group find the other and step out of the way.

Books From I Am Foundation
Hello Everyone, my name is Steve Viglione, Founder and CEO of The I AM Foundation and The Million Books for Kids Campaign. We have shipped over 30,000 children's books to teachers, schools and families in the hurricane affected areas. If you represent a school or nonprofit in the United States, you may apply for books through our website
It took me a while to find the link for the application. If the link doesn't work, go to the "community recipients" page and read through - it's in the text, but not highly visible...
Primary Ed School Books
This site has deals on Primary School books, focusing on K-2. It also has grants available for teachers to attend reading conferences. If you are a Title 1 School, you get more deals.

General Assistance
3/29 Dental Health Assistance For Some Schools - Flouride

3/25 Freebie Site For Teachers

Gov't Site For Assistance - not very active

Adopt a Classroom - looks active

Matching teachers with donors of equipment, supplies and materials

Free School Supplies

Office Depot Backbacks For Kids

Labels For Education

Boxtops For Education

12/3/06 Article and Resource Helping Kids Cope

Emotional Assistance For Schools

General Information
3/7 Post-Katrina Schools Still Suffering

Other Resource Pages
Grants For Communities
Grants for Non-Profits
For Non-Profits and Municipalities
For Schools
Safety Guidelines For Volunteers

Education Assistance Elderly
Emotional Resources
Family Resources
Furniture and More
Grandfamily/Single Parent ResourcesGrants for Individuals - does not include homeowner or repair grants
Home/Utility LA Family Resources
Medical ResourcesMortgage Resources

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