State Takes over Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Home Repair Program

All Houston, Texas, resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still trying to get help from a Houston program that has been criticized for its slow pace in repairing homes damaged by the massive storm. The state took over the program this week and Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried that could lead to yet more delays.

“She deserved so much better. She deserved her house. She deserved to have seen it nice,” Torres, 54, said. She said her home still has Harvey-related electrical and plumbing issues due to insufficient help from insurance and shoddy work from a contractor.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called the state

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State takes over Houston’s Harvey home repair program

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In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, Houston resident Alice Torres sits inside her home, which had been damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Torres says she has not unpacked boxes of belongings in her living room because she is still waiting for help from a city program to finish repairs in her home. This week, the state of Texas took over the program over what it says is slow progress the program has made in repairing homes. Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried the takeover could lead to more delays.

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All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was

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State takes over Houston’s Harvey home repair program

HOUSTON — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still trying to get help from a Houston program that has been criticized for its slow pace in repairing homes damaged by the massive storm. The state took over the program this week and Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried that could lead to yet more delays.

“She deserved so much better. She deserved her house. She deserved to have seen it nice,” Torres, 54, said Thursday. She said her home still has Harvey-related electrical and plumbing issues due to insufficient help from insurance and shoddy work from a contractor.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called

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Lakeland Habitat for Humanity expands home-repair program for vets in Polk


Lakeland chapter accepting applications from entire county

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LAKELAND — Lee Wilson and his 92-year-old mother, Rosezell Wilson, no longer have to worry that water might seep into their house the next time a thunderstorm stalls over their Lakeland neighborhood.

Contractors hired by Lakeland Habitat for Humanity recently replaced the Wilsons’ roof, while also making repairs to a bathroom and a porch and replacing a kitchen faucet and two windows. And it cost the Wilsons nothing.

Lee Wilson, 70, benefited from a Habitat for Humanity program that provides free home repairs for veterans and their families. Wilson served in the U.S. Army for three years, including one year spent in Vietnam during the military action there.

Most Americans probably associate Habitat for Humanity with the mission of building houses for people with low incomes. In recent years, though, the Lakeland affiliate has shifted more toward doing

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DoorDash rolls out a new corporate meal perk program, as Americans working from home mourn the loss of free food and office snacks



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  • DoorDash launched DoorDash for Work — a program that allows organization to offer employees meal benefits and perks.
  • Zoom, Charles Schwab, and Hulu are among the more than 5,000 organizations that have already signed up. 
  • Working from home has killed office snacks and lunches with coworkers, with 90% of people saying they miss at least one food-related benefit of the office, according to a DoorDash survey. 
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Working from home has destroyed Americans’ routines, killing lunch breaks and eliminating office snacks. Now, DoorDash is attempting to provide a solution. 

On Wednesday, DoorDash announced the launch of DoorDash for Work — a program that allows organizations to offer employees meal benefits and perks through the delivery service. More than 5,000 organizations have already signed up, including Zoom, Charles

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Strict rules keep business out of New Mexico loan program

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Only about $20 million of a $400 million loan program for New Mexico small businesses hit by the pandemic has been approved to send out since the program began in August, according to the state agency running the program.

“We created the program, believing that about 5,000 applications would be processed. And it’s a much smaller volume than that,” said New Mexico Finance Authority CEO Marquita Russel at a presentation to state legislators Tuesday.

Low participation has saved the agency money on contractors, Russel said.

But it’s also a sign that the legislation isn’t reaching many small businesses. Fewer than 900 businesses have applied for loans under the program, which range from $500 to $75,000.

That’s despite ongoing pain in the

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DoorDash adapts corporate delivery program for companies working from home

  • DoorDash is expanding its corporate delivery offerings to adapt to working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fear of spiking cases during the winter has pushed some companies to postpone their return to their office buildings until next spring.



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Sign reading We Deliver on Doordash in a restaurant setting, San Ramon, California, April 17, 2020.

DoorDash on Wednesday said it is expanding its corporate delivery offerings as the coronavirus pandemic keeps many office buildings empty.

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Its subscription program DashPass will include corporate members, giving employees unlimited free delivery and reduced service fees. Companies can also offer meal credits to their employees to expense meals deliverd by DoorDash or its subsidiary Caviar. Group ordering capability and employee gift cards are also part of the delivery company’s corporate business, now available to employees working remotely.

DoorDash said that more than 4,000 businesses have already signed on to

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Minnesota college is home to elite program in musical instrument repair

RED WING, MINN. — The most intimate relationship a musician may have is with a precious instrument. And when that relationship breaks down, an elite group of students here can fix it.

At Minnesota State College Southeast, about 85 students are learning to repair musical instruments. Most of them choose from among three specialties: band instruments, violins and guitars (whose students also learn to build guitars).

It’s a rare chance to learn these special skills. Only three schools in the country offer band instrument repair, according to school spokeswoman Katryn Conlin, and no other college offers violin repair. The rarity of the programs here attracts students to Red Wing from across the United States and Canada.

At age 18, Sarah Jensen of Clearfield, Utah, has already been working for several years in the instrument repair shop of her dad, who graduated from Red Wing in the 1990s. As she refurbished

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Red Wing, Minn., college is home to elite program in musical instrument repair



a person talking on a cell phone: From top, instrument repair student Michaela Alderink fixed dents in a brass trumpet; pad cups of a flute need to be fixed; and guitar program student Glenn Coats built a fretboard. in the guitar program The pad cups of a flute are taken out to be fixed At 33, she is looking to make a career change.


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From top, instrument repair student Michaela Alderink fixed dents in a brass trumpet; pad cups of a flute need to be fixed; and guitar program student Glenn Coats built a fretboard. in the guitar program The pad cups of a flute are taken out to be fixed At 33, she is looking to make a career change.

RED WING, MINN. — The most intimate relationship a musician may have is with a precious instrument. And when that relationship breaks down, an elite group of students here can fix it.

At Minnesota State College Southeast, about 85 students are learning to repair musical instruments. Most of them choose from among three specialties: band instruments, violins and guitars (whose students also learn to build guitars).

It’s a rare chance to learn these special skills. Only three schools in the country offer band instrument repair,

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LHC announces improvements for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Louisiana Housing Corporation announced on Wednesday improvements to the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LERAP) that aim to improve access for renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19.

LHC has reduced the application length and divided it into components for renters and landlords. E-signatures are now allowed for faster receipt of documentation required by the federal government. In addition to hosting in-person outreach events in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LHC is scheduling events around the state to serve those with limited access to the internet, or who otherwise may need help in submitting their application.

“We know COVID-19 has impacted thousands of Louisianans, and emergency rental assistance is needed by many. LHC’s goal is to provide that assistance as soon as possible and after receiving feedback on how to improve the process, we have made several adjustments,” said LHC Executive Director Keith Cunningham, Jr. “Although there are federal requirements

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