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Rep. Melancon Urges Passage of Gulf Coast Affordable Housing Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charlie Melancon (La.-03) has sent a letter to committee leadership urging them to support an important Gulf Coast affordable housing provision as they work to finalize legislation extending various tax credits. This provision would boost the construction of affordable housing along the Gulf Coast. It could help rebuild more than 6,000 homes along the Gulf Coast – resulting in $715 million in local income and more than 13,500 local jobs in the region. Specifically, the provision would extend by two years the length of time tax incentives are available for rebuilding affordable housing in hurricane-damaged communities in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Rep. Melancon Supports Louisiana Veterans with Jobs, Housing Bills

WASHINTON D.C. - March 25, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) voted this week in support of a series of bills to provide more opportunity to U.S. veterans, particularly those who are looking for jobs or are homeless. The measures would increase on-the-job training opportunities for returning veterans, prevent mortgage lenders from foreclosing on a veteran’s home after their service, and make sure payments for disabled veterans keep pace with the cost of living. Also included in the series was legislation to strengthen the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ work to fight and end homelessness. An estimated 131,000 U.S. veterans are homeless nationwide

Rep. Melancon Announces $8.7 Million Recovery Investment for St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) announced today that the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $8,742,938.22 in federal reimbursement grants. This investment, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will reimburse the sheriff’s office for utility costs for their temporary housing facilities incurred from July 2008 through August 2009. Storm surge and flooding from Hurricane Katrina caused such extensive damage to St. Bernard Parish that the sheriff’s office has been providing temporary housing facilities since the storm for essential law enforcement personnel as the community continues to rebuild

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Reappointment of Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish to the Louisiana...

BATON ROUGE, LA - March 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the reappointment of Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish to the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Directors.

Hanover American Insurance Company and Gulfstream Property and Casualty Company to continue ...

February 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced today his approval of a proposal made by The Hanover Insurance Group to guarantee continued coverage for homeowners policyholders currently insured by The Hanover Insurance Company and Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company. Initially, The Hanover Insurance Group (Hanover) proposed to withdraw Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company and The Hanover Insurance Company from Louisiana and have Gulfstream Property and Casualty Company (Gulfstream) provide coverage to the approximate 10,000 policyholders those two companies presently serve.

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of John Marlow to the Louisiana Citizens Property...

BATON ROUGE, LA - February 12, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of John Marlow to the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Directors.

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Roy Burst to the State Board of...

BATON ROUGE, LA - January 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) --Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Roy Burst to the State Board of Home Inspectors. The State Board of Home Inspectors serves to regulate the practice of home inspectors by examining all applicants and issuing licenses or permits to those possessing the necessary qualifications

Governor Jindal Awards $110,000 in Grants to Richland Parish

RAYVILLE, LA - December 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded four grants totaling $110,000 to Richland Parish that will go towards infrastructure improvements. Governor Jindal awarded the funds to local officials in a ceremonial check presentation during an event in Rayville.

Scalise Helps Pass Resolution to Assist Homeowners Affected by Toxic Chinese Drywall

Washington, DC - December 3, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Steve Scalise successfully worked to pass legislation today that encourages banks and mortgage servicers to work with families affected by toxic Chinese drywall to allow temporary leniency without penalty on payments on their home mortgages. Scalise is a co-sponsor of H.Con.Res. 197 which passed by a vote of 419 – 1.

Rep. Melancon Comments on New Report Linking Chinese Drywall to Corrosion in Homes

Sends Letter to Federal Agency Urging Quick Action on Establishing Repair Guidelines for Homes. WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) commented today on a new report from a federal agency finding a strong association between defective Chinese drywall and corrosion of pipes and electrical wiring in homes. The report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also found a possible link between the drywall and health problems reported by homeowners

Rep. Melancon Introduces Bill Aiding Victims of Chinese Drywall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) introduced legislation today to aid Louisiana homeowners with defective Chinese drywall in their homes. The Drywall Victims Insurance Protection Act would prevent insurance companies from cancelling or failing to renew homeowners’ policies as the result of Chinese drywall in the home. The bill would also prevent insurers from changing rates or altering the type or amount of coverage based on problems stemming from Chinese drywall.

Rep. Melancon Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits, Homebuyers’ Tax Credit

Supports Bill After Fighting to Include Louisiana’s Unemployed Workers. WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) voted today to help Louisiana families hit hardest by the recession by extending unemployment benefits, the homebuyers’ tax credit, and tax relief for military families and businesses. The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548) passed the House today by a strong bipartisan vote of 403 to 12 and will now go to the President for his signature.

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Gary Littlefield to the Louisiana Real Estate...

BATON ROUGE, LA - November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Gary Littlefield to the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board. The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board serves to regulate the issuance of real estate appraiser and trainee licenses and related services.

Vitter Joins Other Senators to Introduce Resolution Urging Mortgage Relief for Homeowners with Contaminated...

Washington, D.C. - November 5, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator David Vitter today joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators from three states in introducing a resolution that urges banks and mortgage lenders to work with the estimated 1,300 homeowners in 26 states who are dealing with health and safety issues linked to the use of contaminated drywall. The homeowners have reported a range of similar problems with structural corrosion and odors, as well as many common health concerns, including headaches, rashes, burning eyes and nosebleeds.

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Michael Burroughs to the State Board of...

BATON ROUGE, LA - October 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Michael Burroughs to the State Board of Home Inspectors. The State Board of Home Inspectors serves to regulate the practice of home inspectors by examining all applicants and issuing licenses or permits to those possessing the necessary qualifications.

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T & I Committee Passes Graves’ Legislation to Improve Disaster Recovery

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced a slate of bills today, including a bipartisan disaster relief bill authored by Reps. Garret Graves (LA-6) and Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.). The legislation, H.R. 1311 is designed to help communities recover from disasters and increase disaster program transparency and oversight