Governor Douglas Expands Food Assistance Eligibility

first_imgGovernor Douglas Expands Food Assistance EligibilityUp to 30,000 More Vermont Households May be Eligible for BenefitsBurlington, Vt. (September 10, 2008) – To help struggling households and seniors on fixed incomes address rising fuel and food costs, Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today unveiled a new initiative to expand Food Stamp Program (FSP) eligibility to as many as 30,000 additional households in Vermont.The plan is the most recent addition to the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership-a collaboration of public and private partners charged by the Governor with marshaling every available resource to help Vermonters address the rising cost of fuel and food. The partnership is co-chaired by Lt. Governor Dubie.”Vermonters are feeling the pressures of the national economic slowdown in many ways, and low-income Vermonters and seniors on a fixed income are particularly stressed by the high costs of transportation, home heating fuel, and food,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Through the efforts of my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration, the Legislature and our community partners are dedicated to ensuring that no Vermonter goes cold or hungry this winter, or any winter. This expansion of the Food Stamp Program will assure that more Vermont children and families receive financial assistance to purchase high quality, nutritious food during this challenging time.”Governor Douglas said the expansion of the FSP eligibility includes two key provisions: (1) raising the current household income limit of 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL) up to 185% FPL; and (2) eliminating the current asset test to determine eligibility for affected households. The current asset rules limit eligibility by imposing resource limits which serve as a disincentive for lower income households to build savings for emergencies, home improvements, or vehicle repairs – all of which support self-sufficiency.The federal income limit of 130 percent FPL makes many low-income Vermonters ineligible for food assistance, even though they may have high expenses. Raising the income test to 185 percent of FPL aligns the food stamp program gross income test with that of many other benefits programs such as Farm to Family, Reduced School Meals, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and VHAP for parents and caretaker relatives with dependent children in their households.”We’re very excited about this proposal, which gives thousands more Vermont families access to food assistance,” said Department of Children and Families Commissioner Steve Dale. “At present, there are over 28,000 households with over 57,000 individuals receiving food stamps in Vermont. This expansion could allow up to 30,000 more households to access food stamps, or ancillary benefits such as telephone Lifeline and Link Up credits, and free school meals for their children.”During state fiscal year 2008, Vermont households received nearly $60 million in food stamp program benefits. The new program expansion could mean up to an additional $12 million per year in direct food assistance to low-income Vermont families, with an average benefit in the region of $90 per month.”This expansion is extremely important for the 19,000 children in Vermont who are hungry right now,” added Dorigen Keeney, Director of Public Policy and Research for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, an organization which has advocated for this eligibility expansion. “Further, this expansion of the food stamp program will help alleviate the food crisis that many more children may otherwise face this winter.”The Governor and key Fuel and Food Partnership stakeholders will collaborate to create an outreach plan to connect with Vermonters who may be eligible for this expanded program and to work out details necessary to ensure the program’s success. The Department for Children and Families, which administers the federal FSP, plans to put the expanded program eligibility into effect on January 1, 2009.ABOUT THE FUEL AND FOOD PARTNERSHIPEvery Vermont family is facing the realities of soaring fuel costs-but Vermont is fighting back. That is why I launched a comprehensive and collaborative program-the Vermont Fuel and Food Partnership-to help Vermonters address increasing home heating, gasoline and food costs by marshalling every available resource in our state,” said Governor Douglas. “Solving these problems requires an effort that goes beyond government alone and we’re fortunate to have a strong network of community-based organizations and programs to help Vermonters when times get tough. Coupled with the programs and service available from local, state and federal governments and our other private and non-profit partners, we can address this challenge and succeed.”The Fuel and Food Partnership brings together all of the creativity, compassion, information and resources in Vermont to ensure that we make the most of every dollar and that no Vermonter is left in the cold. It will provide Vermonters, through a single entry, access to every available option and empowers them with the knowledge they need to lower their energy bills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”I established this task force, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, to focus every effort and every resource Vermont can bring to bear to help manage the effects of higher energy costs on Vermont families,” the Governor added. “These are difficult times for working families, but Vermont has faced these kinds of challenges before, and is a national example of how deep community roots and a strong commitment to seeking new solutions can resolve even the most difficult challenges. I know that the strength and determination of Vermonters will lead us past these difficult times and leave us with a state that is stronger and more energy independent than ever before.”For more information, visit: http://helpforvt.org/(link is external)last_img read more

Gold Coast cottage on the market

first_img62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads.Mr Henderson said it was becoming harder to nab original 50s and 60s style houses on the Gold Coast. “There’s so much new development — houses, duplexes and units — that we’re seeing less and less of these sorts of homes,” he said.“Due to the age of the Gold Coast, if you were a couple who built a house on the Coast in the 50s or 60s you’re going to be fairly old now which forces a transition out of the house.“That’s basically what we’re seeing.” 62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads.“There’s always interest in these houses with a lot of family history,” Mr Henderson said.“A couple built this house in the 50s and their kids grew up there.“It’s been well maintained throughout the years.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads. 62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads.He said owner-occupiers were the most common buyers of these types of properties.The property is going to auction on January 23 at John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach’s Hot Summer Auction Event.center_img 62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads.The four-bedroom house is on a 728sq m corner block and features 36.2m of street frontage.“It’s a lovely corner block and it’s got plenty of future potential,” Mr Henderson said.“There are hardwood timber floors underneath the lino and carpet so I think most people would pull the lino and carpet up straight away.” 62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads is going to auction on January 23.A RETRO Gold Coast cottage held in the same family for 60 years is set to go under the hammer this month.Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach is marketing the deceased estate at 62 Tabilban Street, Burleigh Heads. last_img read more

Loew running out of time to rebuild Germany before Euro 2020 finals

first_imgAs magazine Kicker pointed out, the victory highlighted the “many obvious sites” under reconstruction.By Loew’s pre-match admission, “many players still need a few more years to develop”, yet the Euro finals start in seven months.The Germans and Dutch have now qualified from Group C but Tuesday’s final game against Northern Ireland in Frankfurt is far from meaningless for Loew.A victory will put Germany, who won the last of their three European titles in 1996, in the pot of eight group winners when the draw for the finals is made in Bucharest on 30 November.“Now we have a chance to win this group, it’s our goal to win on Tuesday and end up top,” said Loew.“I think I’ll make one or two changes, one or two players who didn’t play (against Belarus) will get a chance.”– Work to be done –A deft back-heeled flick into the Belarus net by centre-back Matthias Ginter, a Leon Goretzka strike into the bottom corner and two goals by Toni Kroos sealed Saturday’s win.Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was outstanding in Germany’s 4-0 win over Belarus on Saturday © AFP / INA FASSBENDERHowever, captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer twice came to the rescue, parrying a Igor Stasevich shot, then producing a fine save to deny the Belarus striker’s late penalty attempt.“That was one of four games until the squad for the European Championships is announced, so it was important that we showed the character that we need, and want to see, at next year’s tournament,” was Loew’s verdict.Loew knows there’s still a lot to work to be done if Germany is to challenge for the European title at the finals from June 12 to July 12.“In some phases we allowed one or two chances too many,” he admitted.After one of his best displays for Germany, Kroos echoed Loew’s comments that “at the moment I don’t include us among the favourites for the European title”.The Germans’ finishing often let them down at Borussia Park.Top teams, such as Belgium, world champions France, England, Spain or the Netherlands, all currently ranked above them, would have not allowed Germany 31 shots on goal.At the back, Ginter was outstanding, but fellow defenders Nico Schulz and Robin Koch looked unsure on occasion against a side ranked 86 places below the Germans.Koch clumsily gave away the second-half penalty on Pavel Nekhaychik before Neuer spared blushes by saving Stasevich’s spot kick.After Tuesday’s home game, the Germans have just two matches in March — against as yet unconfirmed opponents — before Loew must name his squad for the Euro 2020 finals, which start in Rome on June 12.“This is very little time in this all too sluggish rejuvenation process,” moaned Kicker.The debacle at last year’s World Cup, when Germany finished last in their group, badly tarnished Loew’s golden reputation in Germany, which peaked in winning the 2014 World Cup.– Food for thought –Many fans remain disgruntled by last summer’s woeful performances in Russia, reflected in disappointing ticket sales in both Moenchengladbach and Frankfurt, where Germany face Northern Ireland on Tuesday.More than 10,000 seats remained vacant on Saturday, “a sight that must give the German FA’ stop officials food for thought,” pointed out Kicker.Loew is already hamstrung in his efforts to play his first-choice team by injuries to key players.Burly Bayern Munich defender Niklas Suele and fleet-footed Manchester City winger Leroy Sane are not expected to return from knee injuries until well into 2020.Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer fist bumps Toni Kroos after saving a penalty against Belarus on Saturday © AFP / INA FASSBENDER“The constant personnel problems make it extremely difficult to find a team and form a hierarchy,” added Kicker.“Other nations, such as the French, English and Dutch, are far ahead of Loew and his staff in this respect.”0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s coach Joachim Loew has just three games left to decide on his squad for the Euro 2020 finals © AFP / INA FASSBENDERBERLIN, Germany, Nov 17 – Germany has secured qualification for Euro 2020, but coach Joachim Loew is running out of time to mould his fledgling team into title contenders before next June’s finals.Despite dominating possession in Moenchengladbach on Saturday, Loew’s young team struggled against minnows Belarus before two Toni Kroos goals sealed a 4-0 win which confirmed their Euro 2020 qualification.last_img read more