Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rental Listing Scams. Rental that do not exist being listed. Chekout

Moving to a new city? Planning a vacation? As you consider issues like size, cost, and location of the rental, also consider this: that rental listing could be a scam. Scammers often advertise rentals that don’t exist or aren’t available to trick people into sending money before they find out the truth.

Rental contract is a blank on a gray background
Scammers know that finding the right apartment or vacation rental can be hard work, and a seemingly good deal is hard to pass up. They’ve been known to game some vacation rental websites and bulletin boards. The take-away: when you’re looking for a rental, it’s caveat renter — renter beware. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kansas Disaster Federal Aid Program

February 24, 2017 - News Release
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the State of Kansas.Assistance for State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
February 24, 2017 - News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Kansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm from January 13 to January 16, 2017.

Beware of rental scams

A person surfing the internet. Takes you to a page on rental scams on FTC.gov.
Looking for a spring break or summer vacation rental? While there are many legitimate options available, protect yourself against scammers. If you are being pressured to make a decision immediately or asked to wire money to a foreign bank account, both are red flags you should avoid. Two tips before you move forward on a rental property—ask a lot of questions, and read the fine print on any contract.
If you are the victim of a rental scam, contact your local law enforcement and the website where the ad was posted. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Read more about rental listing scams and how to report them on  www.consumer.ftc.gov
Get more information about filing a travel complaint by visiting USA.gov.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Federal aid assistance for West Virginia floooding

June 25, 2016 - News Release
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of West Virginia.Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
June 25, 2016 - News Release
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on June 22, 2016, and continuing.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on June 22, 2016, and continuing.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in of Greenbrier, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.    
The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in Greenbrier, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Albert Lewis has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Lewis said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

Courtesy FEMA

Monday, January 12, 2015

President Declares Disaster for Mississippi and Federal Aid Programs for Mississippi Disaster Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes on December 23, 2014.
The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and tornadoes in Marion County.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
William C. Watrel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Watrel said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Mississippi.
Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.  (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
How to Apply for Assistance:
  • Application procedures for the state and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.
Courtesy FEMA.gov
Please visit disasterassistance.gov for more details and latest updates.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Federal Aid Programs for Mississippi Disaster Recovery

President Declares Disaster for Mississippi
January 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes on December 23, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms and tornadoes in Marion County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

William C. Watrel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Watrel said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Source http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/01/07/president-declares-disaster-mississippi

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Weatherization Assistance Program to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency

Cold snap is here.  Why suffer? Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  assists low-income families who lack resources to invest in energy efficiency. This is run by The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE).  WAP is in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American tribes, and U.S. Territories.

Assistance is provided  to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.
Source http://www.waptac.org/ as of today.  Please visit the web site for latest updates.

To find contact information for the State administrators of the Weatherization Assistance Program, please click here


How to Determine if You Are Eligible for Weatherization Assistance : check out http://energy.gov/eere/wipo/where-apply-weatherization-assistance

Below is some information provided by website.  Please check out for more details.
One of the primary factors affecting eligibility is income, and each state sets its income requirements within DOE guidelines. Services are provided by the states, and each state has slightly different criteria.
Under DOE guidelines, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization assistance if you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children. In other cases, states give preference to:
  • People over 60 years of age
  • Families with one or more members with a disability
  • Families with children (in most states).