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Australia to Expand First-Home Buyer Assistance to Lift Economy

(Bloomberg) — Australia will provide 10,000 extra places in a program to help first-home buyers and encourage construction as the economy recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.



a sign on the side of a building: An advertisment for residential property is displayed on the fence of a show home at a new housing development in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Australian house prices fell for a fourth consecutive month in August as a slump in the Melbourne market -- the center of a renewed Covid-19 outbreak -- weighed heavily on the national picture and expected higher unemployment continues to cloud the outlook.


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An advertisment for residential property is displayed on the fence of a show home at a new housing development in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Australian house prices fell for a fourth consecutive month in August as a slump in the Melbourne market — the center of a renewed Covid-19 outbreak — weighed heavily on the national picture and expected higher unemployment continues to cloud the outlook.

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will be expanded from Oct. 6 to support the purchase of a new or newly built home, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement. About 20,000 people have already used the program, which allows them to purchase their first property with a deposit of

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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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Home Care Assistance Hosts Inaugural World Alzheimer’s Day Virtual Convention

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Home Care Assistance, the largest private-pay provider of in-home care for seniors in North America, is raising awareness for Alzheimer’s by hosting “The World Alzheimer’s Day Virtual Convention: Empower, Engage and Enhance the Mind,” a half day virtual conference on World Alzheimer’s Day, starting at 9:30 am PST/12:30 pm EST – 2 pm PST/5 pm EST. Six expert speakers will lead sessions discussing a range of topics, including the current state of Alzheimer’s research, prevention methods and how to promote cognitive health through social connectivity, engagement and nutrition.

“Our commitment to addressing Alzheimer’s is multi-pronged and includes educating the public, supporting world-class neurology research, and providing aging in place caregiving solutions to those with dementia and their family caregivers, who

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D.C. flooding: D.C. Water offers financial assistance after flooding

“What really happened to all of our basements?” she said. “What caused this immense amount of sewage that came out of our toilet and our shower?”

D.C. Water officials tried to explain the mess during a community videoconference call Wednesday evening. The utility also offered financial help for homeowners struggling to clean up, referring to the downpour as a “100-year storm event.”

Climate change is causing more short, high-intensity storms, the utility said. D.C.’s century-old water system is aging and stressed by development. Plans for green infrastructure and an overflow tunnel would help prevent flooding but are not yet online. And the existing, 124-million-gallon Anacostia River Tunnel — running seven miles from RFK Stadium to the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant — filled in about 35 minutes.

“Even when our system was working to its maximum capacity, it just could not accommodate this event,” said Kishia L. Powell, D.C. Water’s

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