AP Planning To Pursue More Home Ownership SHIP Funding

AVON PARK #x 2014; They #x 2019; re a source of financing invaluable to assistingto aiding the city offer brand-new or rehabilitated owner-occupied homes for the elderly and handicapped.

And Avon Park officials would like to more #x 201c; aggressively #x 201d; seek getting financing from the State Housing Initiative Collaboration, or SHIP, program.

The Florida Housing Funding Corporation #x 2014; developed by the state Legislature more than Three Decade ago to help in providing a variety of affordable contain chances #x 2014; administers SHIP, which provides funds to local governmentscity governments.

Those cash assist develop partnerships to produce and maintain budget-friendly homeown a home and multifamily contain and is designed to serve very low-, low- and moderate-income families and individuals like Ellen Roney, who lives on north Lake Opportunity.

On a set income and with a breathing impairment, Roney, 75, copes with her golden retriever, Rusty. A 20-year citizen of Avon Park, her circa-1925 home with extreme leaking and termite issues was totally demolished and rebuilt in 2013 making use of Neighborhood Advancement Block Grant (CDBG) money, which comes from United States Department of Real estate and Urban Development.

#x 201c; It #x 2019; s a terrific program. I #x 2019;d love for the city to obtain more SHIP funds. There are a lot of people that require more assistance, #x 201d; she stated.

Maria Sutherland, Avon Park director of administrative services, said Monday the city had planned to use SHIP financing for existing owner-occupied houses in combination with a 2014 $750,000 housing CDBG grant. She said when that ended, #x 201c; it was far too late to apply for SHIP. #x 201d;

SHIP funds can be made use of for homeown a home, house repair service and economical leasings.

Historically, a county would not get a brand-new SHIP distribution if it had actually not spent a prior year distribution that is in its 3rd year expenditure time period. The new distribution would be kept up until the prior distribution was fully expended, said Christopher Benson, county neighborhood programs director-administrative project manager.

Sutherland said SHIP would have supplied either brand-new or included recovery to existing structures for people that certified under federal Real estate and Urban Advancement guidelines. She said the CDBG needs repayment of SHIP funds, so it they would be repaid if the owner ever tried to offer the commercial property.

In 2013-14, the city took apart and restored almost 10 brand-new modest homes and repaired another six homes, stated Sutherland, including Roney #x 2019; s.

#x 201c; MostThe majority of the receivers actually were the senior and or handicapped with hardly any Social Security and no other household to assistto aid, #x 201d; she said. #x 201c; All of the receivers have actually remained in their particular houses for years and none could pay for rental living. #x 201d;

Sutherland stated SHIP is managed by Highlands County, and citizens of Avon Park or anywhere else could still apply for SHIP through the workplace of the county #x 2019; s Housing Specialist Lucy Castillo.

Benson stated the county established its SHIP Program in 1993. Funding for the program is supplied through documentary stamp tax income and is paid out by the state annually. It generally has actuallyneeds to be spent within three years after disbursement. Historically, a county would not receive a new distribution if they had actually not spent a prior year distribution in its 3rd year expenditure time durationperiod. The brand-new distribution would be withheld until the prior distribution was completely used up.

Sutherland included.

#x 201c; So there is an advantage to the city citizens currently if they look for help through the county office for whatever funds, consisting of SHIP, availability there is, #x 201d; she said. #x 201c; I don #x 2019; t think the city wants to handle SHIP on its own; the county already does that. #x 201d;

As an example of the benefit of SHIP funding, Avon Park has plans for a $6.5 million, 44-house inexpensive rental contain development. The Florida Real estate Financing Corp. has preliminarily authorized $5 million for Cornell Nest, to be located on what is now an empty field at 517 W. Cornell St., stated Larry Shoeman, executive director of the Avon Park Housing Authority.

Shoeman said $321,000 in SHIP funds was sought from Highlands Count and was awarded by Aug. 18 to be used in addition to a $1.2 million standard loan.

#x 201c; It #x 2019; s actually a terrific program to offer budget friendly real estate for Highlands County, #x 201d; he stated. #x 201c; They (Avon Park) actually requirehave to keep an eye on the county application cycle and acquire SHIP financing. #x 201d;

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How Do Schools Determine New Stipends For College Professional Athletes?

For the firstvery first time, the NCAA is enabling college athletes to get cash in their scholarships to cover the so-called expense of attendance, those expenditures beyond tuition, space and board, books and fees that feature participating in school.

Depending on the school, it could indicate an extra $1,500 to as much as $6,000 for a professional athlete.

For years, universities and colleges have been needed by the United States Department of Education to make public a good-faith estimate on expense of attendance.

But the arrival of cost of participation stipends, and the factthat their value varies significantly from school to school, has some coaches significantly Alabamas Nick Saban and Clemsons Dabo Swinney and fans worried. They are concerned about competitive balance and schools inflating their figures to offeroffer bigger dollars to professional athletes.

Also, as Virginia Tech coaches revealed this week, some appear a little baffled about how it works. Hokies defensive organizer Bud Foster talked about fining players for small disobediences out of their expense of participation money. Not so fast. The NCAA has guidelines prohibiting schools from keeping scholarship funds.

It has been a knowing experience on campuses this summer season.

We are working to try to constantly enhance exactly what those numbers are and where they came from and exactly what it actually does cover, stated Maggie McKinley, senior associate athletic director for the University of Cincinnati.

To help cut through the confusion, here are some responses from experts about cost of attendance.

Q: Who determines cost of attendance and how is it regulated on school?

A: The monetary aidfinancial assistance workplace.

Q: How is a cost-of-attendance figure used?

A: The computation serves 2 purposes. It offers those paying for college a reasonable expectation of what they will invest. Even more essential, it sets a limit on the quantity of financial help a student can get throughout an academic year.

Q: Exactly what costs are factored into expense of participation?

A: Its actually divided into what we consider direct expenses, what (a student) will have to pay directly to the university, then other indirect costs that they might sustain, like certainly theyre going to have to do laundry, stated Jeff Gerkin, assistant dean and director of monetary help at the University of Tennessee.

Tennessees cost of participation increase includes $5,666 to an athletic scholarship, the majority of in the SEC.

Direct costs consist of tuition, costs, space and board and books.

Indirect costs consist of travel and other various personal expenses, which might cover clothes, home entertainment, food and sundries.

Gerkin stated travel frequently represents manythe majority of the indirect expenses. At Tennessee, 3 round journeys from Knoxville, in the northeast part of the state, to Memphis, in the southwest corner, are used to set a baseline figure.

Q: How are miscellaneous expenses calculated?

A: There is some subjectivity here, but financial aidfinancial assistance authorities are not simply pulling numbers from the air. The figures are research-based. To assistTo assist determine this figure, we use resources such as the College Board, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, expenses from regional and national arenas and/or student surveys, stated Richard Ritzman, director of monetary helpfinancial assistance at the University of Memphis.

For Memphis, the expense of participation increase to an athletic scholarship will be $5,373 annually. Various costs represented $1,983, Ritzman said.

Exactly what a student will in fact invest on various will depend on the lifestyle of each student, Ritzman said.

So, yes, students can use that money any way they want but then they will need to describe to Mommy and Papa why they required to strike them up for brand-new shoes.

Q: Does every student at a school have the very same expense of participation?

A: No. Institutions can have a wide variety of cost of participation figures in terms of different categories of students that they desirewish to target, Gerkin said. So some schools might have a great deal of really specific cost of attendance throughout a broad category of students or they may make use of averages that the bulkmost of students that fall into those classifications are examined those expenses.

Generally, the majority of schools have a various cost of participation for in-state students and out-of-state students. The cost of participation can also differ for undergraduate and graduate students. Individual students can likewise petition a school to have their cost of attendance enhanced.

The SEC has passed a rule that requires its schools to report how miscellaneous costs are determined and any instances when an individuals expense of attendance varies from the standard at a school.

Q: How commonly does a schools expense of attendance modification?

A: Many schools make changes from year-to-year.

Q: Could athletic departments attemptaim to have the cost of attendance raised as a way to benefit recruiting?

A: Corruption is always possible, but the monetary helpfinancial assistance workplace crunches the numbers and they need to be approved at the upper levels of administration.

Our numbers are vetted through our provost workplace which is over on the scholastic side of the house along with our chancellors office, Gerkin stated. Weve got no undue pressure.

Inflating the numbers to help recruiting could do far more damage to a school. Too much loaning can lead to customers defaulting on their loans and that can be an issue for schools.

If too manya lot of of our students were to default on their student loan as they go through the repayment duration that does show back on the organization and could hinder the institution and our eligibility as a whole to provide financial help to students, Gerkin said.

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Berkshire Bank Names MacDonald SVP Corporate Car Sales Leader

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Hills Bancorp has actually selected Ron A. MacDonald to the position of senior vice president/corporate car sales leader.

MacDonald joins Berkshire from First Niagara Bank, where he acted as very first vice president/national sales manager, focused on broadening the indirect auto finance business throughout the Northeast. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive company including previous functions at TD Bank as the National Sales Supervisor for auto finance and different positions within the auto dealer neighborhood.

MacDonald received his BA from University of New Hampshire.

Sean Gray, executive vice president and head of Retail Banking, stated the MacDonald is the ideal individual for the job.

Ron will be leading Berkshires indirect team, providing strategic instructions to establish and broaden relationships throughout our footprint, with a focus on building long-lasting collaborations and managing the secondary marketing of this product, he said. This is another example of our commitment to ongoing management employment and earnings diversity and we look forward to rewarding growth from this company line.

MacDonald will be based at Berkshires Eastern Massachusetts Regional Headquarters at 1 Van de Graaf Drive, Burlington, Mass., and may be reached at 207-415-1312 or rmacdonald@berkshirebank.com.