A new £5 million initiative – believed to be the w

first_imgA new £5 million initiative – believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people – is set to fund 40 projects that aim to find solutions to barriers to independent living across the UK.The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme is being funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and will be delivered by the disabled people’s organisations Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.The programme launched in England and Northern Ireland this week, and will launch in Wales next week at the University of South Wales in Pontypridd.Lis Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “This is the first research programme in the world which ensures disabled people, and the issues that matter to us, are central to research funding decisions.“The aim is to build a better evidence base on the initiatives and support that enable disabled people to take full part in society.”DRILL is expecting to fund 40 research proposals and pilot projects over the next five years, investigating how public money can enable disabled people to take part in society socially, economically and politically.  Some of the research will be carried out by the four national, user-led organisations, but most of it will be carried out by other organisations.The aim is to carry out six large research projects, at about £100,000 each; 20 smaller research projects at up to £40,000 each; and 14 pilot projects at around £150,000 each.Funding criteria will be decided after engagement events with disabled people, under the themes of peer support, autonomy, resilience, and social, economic and civic participation.Proposals will not be accepted unless they can show the projects will be co-produced by disabled people and that disabled people will be closely involved in every part of the schemes.Speaking at the DRILL England launch, in London, Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) said: “I have been involved in campaigning for a high quality independent living infrastructure for most of my adult life. It was my first campaign, and it will probably be my last.“For me, independent living – conceived, developed and implemented by disabled people –lies at the heart of our emancipation.“Without independent living, we would never access our equality and human rights; without it, we would be destined to be dependent forever.”But she said the impact of economic austerity had created “our biggest challenge ever”.She said: “Economic austerity has decimated hundreds of independent living support packages.“Disabled people’s expectations have changed immeasurably, and we demand a different social deal when it comes to our equality and human rights.“Institutionalisation and charitable handouts are no longer an answer to our right to independent living, and yet there is a tangible danger that this could return.”Baroness Campbell said the “exciting” DRILL programme – with disabled people “in charge” as “the informers, the drivers and the thinkers” – was “precisely what we need in order to understand the contexts in which we now live, and solutions to our future support and life chances”.A national advisory group will include disabled people, academics and policy-makers, and will provide advice, examine research proposals, make recommendations and help promote and disseminate findings.A central research committee – chaired by the disabled academic Dr Tom Shakespeare – will make the final decisions on which research proposals receive funding.The first stage in England is a series of roadshows, which will help to decide on the programme’s priorities.The roadshows will take place in Stockport (22 September); Southampton (29 September); Darlington (1 October); Essex (6 October); York (7 October); Derby (13 October); St Austell (22 October); London (28 October); and Worcester (29 October).last_img read more

Disabled campaigners are calling for the resignati

first_imgDisabled campaigners are calling for the resignation of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, the disabled Tory peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, after he voted in favour of disability benefit cuts when they had been condemned by his own organisation.The letter to Lord Holmes (pictured) at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been signed by many of the organisations that have led opposition to the government’s cuts and reforms to disability benefits over the last six years.It comes a week after Disability News Service reported concerns over the government connections of Lord Holmes and the government’s preferred candidate to be EHRC’s next chair, David Isaac, at a time when the commission was preparing to investigate whether Tory welfare reforms have breached the human rights of disabled people.The letter, written by Scottish disability rights campaigner Susan Archibald, has been signed by leading figures from organisations such as Disabled People Against Cuts, Black Triangle, Pat’s Petition, The Centre for Welfare Reform, Carer Watch, and the Spartacus online campaigning network, as well as Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives.It is part of a new campaign from an alliance of anti-austerity, grassroots groups from Scotland and the north of England that are committed to fighting for equality – the Cross Border Alliance – that will “name and shame” public figures “colluding in the cuts to disabled people and not addressing disabled people’s rights”.The letter has also prompted a petition, again calling for Lord Holmes to resign from the commission.Archibald points in her letter to the decision of Lord Holmes to vote in favour of measures that will cut payments by £30 a week for new employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants placed in the work-related activity group.She points out that the commission expressed concern that this measure “will cause unnecessary hardship and anxiety to people who have been independently assessed and found unfit for work”.In a briefing document published earlier this year, EHRC also said the measure would be “likely to have a disproportionately adverse impact on disabled people”.In her letter, Archibald tells Lord Holmes, who chairs the commission’s disability committee, that his actions “will have a detrimental effect on disabled people’s lives” and undermine the UK’s human rights obligations. She adds: “As a disability rights campaigner I am calling for your immediate resignation of the position you hold as disability commissioner and chair of the disability committee for EHRC as alongside my peers and other user led organizations we think you are no longer worthy of this position.”Lord Holmes said in a statement: “It is public knowledge that I am a Conservative peer in the House of Lords.“In that context, I will sometimes vote or take a position that is either personal or different from that of the EHRC.“I completely respect people’s right to disagree with how I have voted in the past and I know these are deeply held views on these issues.“But these are complex and sensitive issues. Public bodies would be immeasurably weakened if they were only drawn from people with only one viewpoint or one sort of background.”An EHRC spokesman said it had been “robust in challenging the government to ensure its welfare reform programme protects the rights and standards of living of disabled people and supports their inclusion and independence, and this has been reported many times by DNS over the past year”.He said the commission’s business plan “sets out an ambitious programme of work to tackle discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and human rights for disabled people.“The strength of our board comes from the breadth and diversity of skills, experience and viewpoints our commissioners bring to bear on the important issues we tackle.“It is not uncommon for commissioners to have different views on an issue, and we welcome the constructive and challenging debate through which the board reaches its collective decisions.“The important thing is we have rigorous processes in place to avoid any conflicts of interest, including commissioners being required to comply with the principles of public life [first set out by Lord Nolan in 1995] and our code of conduct, with a register of interests publicly available.”Meanwhile, the joint committee on human rights and the women and equalities committee last night (20 April) declined to recommend Isaac’s appointment as the new EHRC chair because of a “serious potential conflict of interest” relating to his role as a partner at the law firm Pinsent Masons, which has a “significant amount of business with the government”, including the Department for Work and Pensions.last_img read more

SF Mayor Lee Lets New Tenant Protections Stand Saying Housing Crisis Acute

first_imgThe proposal garnered controversy, however, when property owners lobbied the mayor this week, saying they feared the provision left them with no control over who could live in the building and how many people could be added by tenants. If Lee had vetoed the proposal, its unclear whether the Board would have been able to quash his challenge, since a vote on just the roommate provision passed 7-4 and eight supervisors are needed to override a veto.Ivy Lee, a legislative aide to Supervisor Kim, said many of their concerns were based on “misconceptions.” The legislation, she said, only allowed additional roommates up to housing code limits and that tenants must approve new roommates with their landlords. She also said property owners were confused about the cap on rent increases following  a no-fault eviction, thinking it was indefinite. The time period is five years, she said.“Concerns were raised by small property owners,” she said. “[The Mayor] was trying to figure out if their concerns were valid.”It seems he relented, though not before noting his disapproval with the roommate provision in his letter to the Board, saying it “does not reflect the right approach when it comes to property owners’ rights.”Still, returning a legislation unsigned was largely a symbolic measure for the Mayor, as the proposal is now law and will be implemented by the city.“There was nothing in our legislation that was objectionable enough to warrant an entire veto,” Supervisor Kim’s aide said.There’s still work to be done, Kim’s aide said. Their office is looking into making the Rent Board more accessible to residents with limited English ability, and opening it up as a resource for both tenants and property owners. She said a lot of unnecessary litigation can be prevented if both tenants and landlords have the right information.“Not every tenant is a victim, and not every landlord is villain,” she said. “It doesn’t work like that.” A new proposal designed to give San Francisco tenants increased protections against evictions became law Friday afternoon when Mayor Ed Lee returned the legislation unsigned, despite earlier fears that he would veto it. “The [housing] crisis is so acute, and the anxiety and reality of eviction and displacement real for so many, that we must take unprecedented steps to help,” said Mayor Lee in a letter sent to the Board Friday evening. “This is why I am allowing this legislation to become law, despite a provision that I believe creates a significant intrusion into certain fundamental rights of small property owners.”That provision, which passed unanimously at the Board of Supervisors two weeks ago, prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for adding roommates up to the legal limit. The law also prevents evictions for nuisance violations like hanging laundry and for living in illegal units, forbids raising rent on units for following any no-fault eviction, and instructs landlords to provide multilingual information for tenants facing eviction.“With this victory, thousands of tenants have a fighting chance to stay in their homes,” said Sara Shortt, executive director of Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, in a press release. “This legislation is crucial to stemming the tide of sham evictions and abuse of tenants that we see on a regular basis.” Tags: Board of Supervisors • ed lee • housing • tenants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Dozens Displaced by SF Mission Fire in Limbo

first_img 0% After a fire that destroyed the Rolling Stock tire shop on 16th and Shotwell streets partially consumed their homes, some 29 tenants at 2878 16th Street are in a holding pattern while nonprofits and city agencies try to find them a place to stay until their units are repaired. If other recent residential fires are any indication, that could take years.The group of tenants includes six children. While many were put up at hotels through the Red Cross, the effort will only tide them over temporarily. Others found shelter with friends or relatives.“Some families have lived in the building for over 40 years, “said Amelia Martinez, a family success coach manager at Mission Promise Neighborhood. “Because they have been in the city for this long, they have pretty strong networks in their community already in place.”Mission Promise is one of several community groups that are currently assessing the tenants’ needs in an attempt to provide services and resources. Martinez spoke with most of the displaced tenants during a meeting organized by the Red Cross on the day after the fire. While many were in shock – the incident seemed to not have sunken in yet, said Martinez – others were visibly distressed.“One of the tenants told me that someone from the Salvation Army gave her his shoes so that she could enter the building to look for some of her belongings after the fire,” said Martinez. “As she told me this, the woman broke down crying.”That act of kindness came from John McKnight, director of Emergency and Disaster Services for the Salvation Army, who said it simply was “the right thing to do.”“When I was notified of the fire, I headed there immediately. Only when you’re physically present can you get an idea of what the need is,” said McKnight.  “Not being able to access your apartment and your life, it makes you feel very vulnerable.”Bridging the gap from the fire to getting tenants back into their apartments, he explained, is a challenge currently faced by the City as well as the Salvation Army and other organizations providing relief.“At 22nd/Mission in January, we kept people in a shelter for quite a long time,” said McKnight. Following that fire, the Salvation Army ran a shelter for displaced tenants with support from the Red Cross and the community. “How long will it take get tenants back into their apartments? In my opinion, a year would be a fast turn around for that.”Maria Zamudio, a housing advocate at Causa Justa, is working with the tenants to ensure their rights are protected throughout the process of recovering from the fire.“The 22nd/Mission fire set a really bad precedent for this kind of mass fire displacement in the Mission. We’ve been seeing that fires happen, tenants get displaced, they have a very unclear timeline for when they can return,” said Zamudio.So far, tenants are finding exactly that.On Tuesday morning, tenants were ready to retrieve their belongings – some had rented U-Hauls, others bought boxes and moving supplies. But, like many other tenants displaced by residential fires, they were informed suddenly that a meeting with their landlord had been canceled, that the building was unsafe and that they could not return.“It was a big hassle for us, because all of us are taking time off,” said Oscar Lepe, who lived in one of the units with his senior parents. “I bought moving supplies and everything else, and know we don’t know when it’s gonna happen.”Peter Bratis, the building owner, had met with tenants on the day of the fire and scheduled an appointment for Tuesday so that they could enter the building and retrieve their belongings. However Tuesday morning Bratis’ daughter called and cancelled it, according to tenants.  Mission Local was unable to reach either the landlord or his daughter.Lepe suspects most of the damage will be water-related, and that the longer the tenants have to wait to get in their building, the more will be lost. The Department of Building Inspections deemed the building unsafe hours after the fire, noting that there had been no major structural damage but that plumbing and electrical systems were damaged, as well as the roof and the property line wall. The notice also describes severe dry rot to the rear stairs. A building inspector did not return calls for comment.Despite having lived in the building for years, Lepe said reaching the landlord was always difficult, and the struggle continued after the fire.“Everytime we tried to contact the owner for stuff to be done to the building he would never contact us back. We tried to call him and his number and his voicemail is always full,” seconded tenant Norma Pizarro, who lived in the building with her family. She and her partner, her daughter and daughter’s partner, and two young children are sheltering with extended family.City officials intend to keep the tenants in San Francisco by way of Good Samaritan housing, a city program that encourages landlords to offer temporary housing at reduced rental rates in the aftermath of a disaster.“My plan is to work with Good Samaritan legislation to see if we can get people into empty apartments, just like we did with the 22nd/Mission fire,” said Ben Amyes, emergency services coordinator for the Human Services Agency.Following the January fire that displaced more than 60 tenants, many were placed in temporary city-assisted housing on Treasure island and in Parkmerced. Just a handful were relocated within the Mission.The “Samaritan” landlord would be able to negotiate a short-term lease with the tenants, buying the them time, said Amyes.  But the process is not a guarantee, and landlords must step up to make it work.  Amyes said he has no control over how long the relocation might take.Next door, the city’s office of economic and workforce development is assisting the displaced business, Rolling Stock, though details of that assistance were not immediately available. Property owner Jim Albera told KTVU earlier this week he would like to build housing at the site after the structure is inevitably torn down, but told Mission Local later that it’s too early to tell and he has no specific plans yet. The property is currently zoned for the light industrial category of Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR).“Whenever there is a fire, we always have to ask questions,” said Zamudio from Causa Justa. “To know that the property owner, not even two days after it happened, is talking about building market-rate housing on the site, is concerning.”The former tire shop has been fenced off, and subsequently graffitied with the words “ARSON” in huge letters.“It’s not right that [people are saying] that the property owners are setting all these fires,” Albera said. “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. I’m upset that the building burned… It was very tragic thing, I wish I didn’t have to deal with this right now.”Supervisor David Campos via Facebook encouraged those who wish to help support the fire victims to donate to the Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless and write in “Shotwell Fire Victims” in the empty field. You can find that link here. center_img Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

3Car Crash in SFs Mission Sends Man to Hospital

first_imgSandfort said that when the Chevy crashed, its tires were still spinning.An officer on the scene said the investigation was still open and that he did not yet know more. Venus Savea, the owner of the Chevy, was not driving it at the time. She had lent it to her brother-in-law, and did not know what happened during the crash. She said she did not know her brother-in-law’s condition, but knew he was speaking.“I know he was coherent,” she said.Traffic was shut down on South Van Ness Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets, and traffic on 23rd was slow as cars were waved through by police officers.Three car crash at 23rd and South Van Ness on November 16, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Three car crash at 23rd and South Van Ness on November 16, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. 0% Three cars collided this morning at the intersection of 23rd Street and South Van Ness Avenue, sending one man to the hospital in unknown condition and almost hitting a pedestrian crossing the street.The crash took place near 8:50 a.m. and involved a gold Chevrolet, a blue Porsche SUV, and an SUV Luxor taxicab. The Chevy seemed to have careened onto the sidewalk after hitting the taxicab, sending its driver to the hospital after it hit a wall. The crash almost sent the taxi into a pedestrian in the crosswalk, the pedestrian said.“I was in the middle of the intersection” when the taxi came towards her, said Lesley Sandfort, a Mission District resident. When the crash happened, she moved backwards as quickly as possible and narrowly avoided being hit, she said. “It was like slow motion, I saw every piece of glass coming towards me. I didn’t know I could run backwards.”It’s unclear how the crash unfolded. Sandfort said the Chevy was going southbound on South Van Ness Avenue fast and hit the taxi, which was going eastbound on 23rd Street. The Chevy then seems to have hit the blue Porsche before skidding onto the sidewalk and continuing there for half a block before crashing into a building.center_img Reporting like this takes people, feet on the ground. Keep us there. Join Mission local today. Make the Mission a place that values reported content. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

VIDEO SF art store struggles against ecommerce

first_img 0% The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers fewer designers in an attempt to highlight the best of the Bay Area. Stop by and visit at 2751 Mission St. Tags: Artillery Apparel Gallery • arts • Business • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

Coalition asks city to fund Latino success

first_img 0% Lee is expected to release a budget proposal on June 1, but his representative Hydra Mendoza said at the press conference that $700,000 would be set aside both this fiscal year and next year, for a total of $1.4 million, to begin addressing the coalition’s request. “It’s been a good collaborative effort,” Mendoza said. “We hear you and we want to stand behind you.”Coalition members were not entirely convinced.“That’s kind of good news…kind of,” said  Melba Maldonado, the executive director of La Raza Community Resource Center. “We’re just doing a crisis mode intervention. Now we have to plan for the future.” “We proposed $5 million to the Mayor’s Office and we got 700 [thousand],” said Monica Chinchilla, who works at Mission Neighborhood Centers. The coalition, which consists of more than a dozen groups and includes the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Jamestown Community Center, the Mission Language and Vocational School, the Mission Economic Development Agency, the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and La Raza Community Resource Center, is also recommending tweaks to city policy to better address the needs of the low-income Latino community. In its report, the coalition recommends constructing more affordable housing for the population making less than 50 percent of the Area Median Income (currently about $80,000 for a single person), because Latinos statistically earn less than other groups in San Francisco. According to a 10-page brief about the coalition’s study, the city’s overall median household income is more than $77,000 a year. For white people, the median income is about $98,000 a year. For Latinos, it is around $54,000. In the Mission specifically, median income among Latinos is less than $44,000.  Mario Paz, executive director of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, said housing is fundamental to the stability of a family, but that many Latino families frequently face the awful choice of whether to pay for food or housing.  “That is just unconscionable in one of the richest cities in the world,” he said.  The group is also calling for increased funding for legal defense for families threatened with deportation, an ongoing effort that has already resulted in partial funding and the creation of a deportation defense team within the Public Defender’s office.“Even in San Francisco, immigrant mothers and parents are afraid to send their kids to school,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “This is real, as real as it can get.”Another recommendation was to educate Latinos about healthcare options available to them – including Medi-Cal, the state’s branch of the federal Medicaid program. In part, the aim is to reduce emergency room visits for preventable problems, which the study found to be particularly high among adult Latinos in San Francisco. To decrease obesity, which according to the study affects 72 percent of Latinos in the city, compared with 56 percent of whites, the authors called for better bilingual nutritional education in schools, improving access to healthier foods for Latinos in the city, and holding health fairs. Tags: Affordable Housing • immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img San Francisco’s Latino population struggles disproportionately in key areas that determine success and stability, said a coalition of nonprofits that serve low-income Latino communities around the city. The groups, under the name San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, are calling for more funding to go to services for struggling Latino families. The coalition held a press conference Wednesday highlighting the findings of its study of neighborhoods like the Mission, Excelsior, Bayview, Tenderloin and Visitacion Valley: Latino children lag behind in education, Latinos are more likely to have health problems and visit the emergency room for preventable conditions, and Latinos are overburdened by rent yet few of them are able to access affordable housing. To begin addressing those problems with targeted services, education and outreach campaigns, the coalition has been petitioning Mayor Ed Lee for funding. Last June, it asked for $7 million, but Lee told them a month later that he didn’t have it.last_img read more

SAINTS Lotterys 4Ball rollover has now reached £

first_imgSAINTS Lottery’s 4-Ball rollover has now reached £1,800!That means one lucky member of the Saints Lottery could be receiving a very welcome cash boost heading into the New Year.As well as potentially winning the top weekly prize of £1,000, Lottery members can also scoop other cash prizes and vouchers for the Saints Superstore.To join the lottery for as little as £1 a week – and help support junior development at your club – log on here and download the form or call 01744 455056.last_img

Disaster Recovery Center to stay open through January

first_imgHomes in Stoney Creek sit with trash covering the lawn after Hurricane Florence.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the last day to apply for hurricane relief assistance.FEMA’s last day at the Disaster Recovery Center will be Thursday. Remaining at the Disaster Recovery Center through the end of January 2019 will be the Small Business Administration, Hope4NC Crisis Counseling and NC Emergency Management Individual Assistance personnel to help residents with updating their records in order to continue receiving assistance. Hours of operation will continue to be Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.- Advertisement – “We are grateful for the work that FEMA has provided our community since Hurricane Florence struck in September,” said New Hanover County Hurricane Florence Recovery Manager Beth Schrader. “Our residents will still need assistance for a little while longer, and we are delighted that other partners will stay in place through January at the Disaster Recovery Center to provide our residents with the support they need to continue to recover.”Businesses can also seek assistance from the Small Business Administration at the Business Recovery Center located at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce at One Estell Lee Place through Thursday.On Friday, December 21, SBA business recovery operations will be solely located at the Disaster Recovery Center in Independence Mall. Several key dates for businesses: December 19 s the deadline to apply for the Business Physical Damage Disaster Loan, and June 14, 2019 is the deadline for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For more information visit the SBA website.last_img read more

Watch I fell in love with the sound – José González

first_img‘I fell in love with the sound,’ Swedish-Argentinian singer-songwriter and guitarist, José González tells Newsbook.com.mt.Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt at the Phoenicia Hotel this afternoon, González explained that he started playing the classical guitar at the age of 14, one of three instruments including a flute and Casio synthesizer that could be found around his childhood home. The guitar was the one that he chose.‘My parents are Argentinian so it had a familiar sound, a soft sound,’ he explained.‘One night to be confused’You might recall González’ debut song, the cover of Knife’s ‘Heartbeats’ back in 2003.González stripped down the electronic and synthesized sound of the original with his own unique and haunting sound of encapsulated throw the nylon strings and vocals.Since then, the musician has produced 3 albums, numerous singles, and taken his sound internationally to festivals, TV shows and even on the silver screen and video games.First time in MaltaGonzález is in Malta to performing his mix of haunting indie-folk music at the City Theatre in Valletta this evening at 9PM.Apparently this is the first time he has performed in Malta having spent many years touring across Europe. ‘I’m finally here,’ he says.Inner struggleWhen asked about inspirations for the music he produces, Newsbook.com.mt asked about whether environments, atmosphere or ambience help him to take fingers to strings. One of those songs in question was the haunting and atmospheric track called ‘Far Away,’ produced for the video game Red Dead Redemption (2010).González explained that Rockstar Games had approached him for his sound as part of their musical composition for the Western-themed video game.‘That song is about the desert and the lonesome cowboy, riding in the desert. It’s about the inner struggle, with family and loneliness’González performs at the City Theatre in Valletta tonight at 9PM.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more