Thank you to everyone who made our HomeSafe Georgia foreclosure prevention event such a success. We helped hundreds of homeowners at Salem Bible Church on Saturday, April 28 and more than 200 homeowners reached out to us for assistance leading up to the event.
I'm proud of the partnership we forged with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and D&E housing counselors to help get the word out that Georgia has more than $300 million from President Obama’s “Hardest Hit Fund” -- known as HomeSafe here in Georgia -- to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosures.
My hope is that our event on Saturday shows state officials that together we can accomplish great things and work side by side to prevent Georgians’ homes from going into foreclosure. I'm also working with Gov. Deal to immediately broaden the HomeSafe eligibility requirements so more Georgians can save their homes today.
To apply or for more information on HomeSafe, please call D&E at 770-961-6900 or visit them online HERE.
SOUTH RIVER ALLIANCE WORKSHOP: The South River Watershed Alliance (SRWA) is holding a free restoration and environmental justice workshop on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center at 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston 30021. To register, click HERE. To learn more about SRWA, click HERE.
OAKHURST MEDICAL CENTER: Congratulations to Oakhurst Medical Center on receiving a $5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. For more, click HERE.
MAY STROKE AWARENESS MONTH: Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and every 4 minutes an American dies of a stroke. Strokes kill over 134,000 people nationwide each year, making it the 4th leading killer of Americans. Learn more and share your commitment to fighting strokes HERE.
CISPA: Last week, I voted against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act or CISPA, which would grant the private sector blanket permission to harvest Americans' data for extremely broad “cybersecurity purposes,” notwithstanding any other provision of law. If you value liberty, privacy, and the Constitution, then you can appreciate my "No" vote. To listen to where I stand, please click the video.
HEPATITIS TESTING DAY: May 19, 2012, is the first National Hepatitis Testing Day and an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public – especially Baby Boomers – that they should be tested for chronic viral hepatitis. Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected. For more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Know More Hepatitis campaign” web site.
TRAINING FOR TROOPS: The U.S. Department of Labor is providing $12 million in grants to provide job training and skills development for veterans. Funds are being awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. For more information on programs for veterans, click HERE. To apply for the grant, click HERE.
MORE FORECLOSURE HELP: The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as part of President Obama's Making Home Affordable Program, are partnering with the HOPE NOW Alliance and NeighborWorks America to bring together homeowners in financial distress for a face-to-face meeting with their mortgage lender and/or local housing counselor on June 1 and 2 at the Georgia International Convention Center. For more on this free event, call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673).
As always, I appreciate your time and feedback. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in Congress. And again, thank you to everyone, including volunteers and staff, who made our HomeSafe event a success.
May 4, 2012
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Arthur D. Sidney, Chief of Staff
Kathy Register, District Director
Eric C. Hubbard
Oliver Spurgeon, III