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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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No home? New housing developement offers refuge/Suiting up/Operatics

Danielle Horvath - November 23rd, 2009
No Home? New housing development offers refuge
By Danielle Horvath
Being homeless can happen to anyone, even for former NBA players like David Vaughn who blew through $22 million and ended up sleeping in his Chevy Impala. Or, it can be a single mom with two kids who escapes an abusive relationship and is living in a campground with winter coming and who still has no job. At least 1.35 million children in the U.S. are homeless during the year -- over 200,000 on any given day.
The Goodwill Inn homeless shelter in Traverse City averages 80 people each day. The shelter served almost 1,000 persons over the past year. There’s no way of knowing how may people in the Northern Michigan area are homeless, but what is known is that the need is growing.
Any set of circumstances can affect someone’s living situation – losing a job, going through a divorce, changes in family or support system, having an accident or health crisis, getting in trouble with the law, becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol, making poor choices with money or credit, and the list goes on.
To help meet some of this need, HomeStretch, a nonprofit regional developer of affordable housing since 1996, is developing a 24-unit housing project next to the Goodwill Inn on Keystone Road. The project will include six one-bedroom units at 640 square feet, and 18 two-bedroom units at 854 square feet. Once completed, Keystone Village will be the largest supportive housing project of its kind in the area for those who need help getting their lives back on track.
The new units will be available for rent with a one-bedroom unit going for $600 and two-bedroom housing for $700.
How can people who are homeless or without jobs pay the rent? The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is providing 24 rental vouchers for families and individuals who are at or below 30% of the area median income. The vouchers mean that tenants will only be required to pay 30% of their gross income.
“There has been tremendous support from the community,” said HomeStretch Executive Director William Merry, “Garfield Township has been great to work with, and I think we’ve shown the community that with over 100 units of affordable housing in the area, it can be done. We could build more if the financing was there.”
The new housing units are not for rent to the general population. Potential residents must be at or below 30 percent of the area median income to qualify. Examples of those who may benefit include homeless families and individuals, homeless youth and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Ten area human services agencies will be working with residents of Keystone Village on issues that go beyond the need for shelter. Some may need help from the Women’s Resource Center to get out of a violent relationship; or support from Northern Lakes Community Mental Health for a physical or mental disability; or they may have long-term health problems, substance abuse issues, or need help with job training, transportation, child care, food, clothing or other needs.
For Keystone Village, HomeStretch was awarded a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA.) Additional financing will also be provided by MSHDA through the Campaign to End Homelessness Initiative and HOME programs, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Program and Fifth Third Bank.
HomeStretch has served Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties in building and rehabilitating affordable homes for low-income families since 1996.

UPDATES...
... on recent stories in Northern Express:

SUITING UP: The City of Traverse City is planning to file suit against Charter Communications in response to the cable company‘s plan to relocate four public access television channels, 2, 13, 98 and 99 to the far end of the digital listings in the 900 block this December.
Critics claim that this would make public access TV hard to find. They would also be sandwiched between Charter‘s porn channels and music channels, which can reportedly interfere with sound and visuals -- no pun intended.

OPERATICS: As the Express went to press, TC‘s Downtown Development Association was poised to give their recommendation regarding the management of the City Opera House by the Wharton Center in Lansing. A City Commission study group was set to meet Monday, Nov. 23 to consider the matter, including the inclusion of acts at the Opera House of interest to a younger clientele.
Recently, Porterhouse Productions had to bow out on initial concert commitments to Govt. Mule, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Belinda Carlise and Modest Mouse because of uncertainty over its role under the new deal. Look for details in next week‘s Express.
In the meantime, Sam Porter of Porterhouse Productions reports that he‘s concentrating on his house concert series, which moves to Little Bo‘s in TC on Monday, Nov. 30 for a show with acoustic folk-pop duo Storyhill. The Red House recording artists typically fill 700-capacity theaters in the Rocky Mountain states.

 
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