Study: Killings surge in 2020; pandemic, protests play roles

first_imgO’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Killings rose dramatically across the U.S. last year, and a study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice unrest were factors. The study released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, along with Arnold Ventures, looked at crime rates in 34 cities. It found a 30% spike in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019. Study leaders called for urgent action to improve relations with police and expand anti-violence initiatives. A study author says many officers were forced to quarantine last year, and maintaining social distancing kept them from the sort of community outreach needed to help stop violence before it happens.last_img

Booking.com analyzed trends in family accommodation: The most important thing is for the host to find the right balance in relation to the guests

first_imgHowever, for owners and managers of accommodation facilities, not everything is fun. They need to find the right ratio to provide their guests with the best experience, as not all guests are fans of such an intimate relationship.  Hosts in Croatia believe that the most important thing is to ensure the privacy of guests (79%) and ensure that guests are well fed (66%) and comfortable (66%). Booking.com collected data from its website, which led to the top ten places from Croatia with the best rated hosts: Rakovica, Osijek, Bibinje, Korenica, Kaštela, Makarska, Brela, Senj, Trogir, Podstrana. From the helpful bed and breakfast manager who shares local tips with guests to the apartment owner who is proud of every little detail he can provide to guests or the villa manager who serves local dishes to guests, the most special experiences of the stay are most often reflected in the host’s personality. reveals in personal contact or through an offer he has chosen in his accommodation facility. Booking.com research also reveals that more than half (51%) of travelers decided to stay again in the same facility precisely because of its host. This percentage is slightly higher for travelers from Croatia, so as many as 61% decide to return to the same accommodation because of the host.  “As with many other travel-related elements, there is no universally applicable approach when it comes to meeting the different needs of travelers. Our research reveals how important it is for accommodation owners and managers to find a balance to ensure the best stay experience – whether it is staying in a holiday home, apartment, hosted accommodation or some other type of facility. But what is crystal clear is the fact that it doesn’t matter if travelers want to feel at home, experience the local culture, enjoy the peace and quiet or simply escape from everyday life, but that there is nothing like people being able to turn an ordinary stay into an unforgettable experience.”, Commented the results of the research by Olivier Grémillon, vice president at Booking.com. The role of the host is crucial  The world’s leading rental company, Booking.com, reveals the key factors behind the desire to stay in different types of unique accommodation facilities as well as the balance that the host, manager or owner must achieve in order to provide guests with a more personalized stay.  The role of the host will continue to be crucial for travelers who intend to stay in non-hotel accommodation facilities this year, with more than two thirds (69%) of respondents in 2019 planning to stay in a facility that allows them to interact with the facility owner or manager – whether it is someone who is available throughout the day or someone who will give them a warm welcome upon arrival.  To increase their chances of success, accommodation managers can apply those attributes that travelers expect most. A warm smile can be key to positive reviews – three-quarters of global travelers (75%) expect to be greeted by a friendly and cordial person on arrival. If they are offered a personal detail, such as a gift in the form of a local treat, it can also contribute a great deal; supplements such as tea, coffee and sweets help almost half of travelers (45%) to feel welcome in the new environment. Photo: Booking.com Hosts in Croatia believe that the most important thing is to ensure the privacy of guests (79%) and ensure that guests are well fed (66%) and comfortable (66%).  The survey also found that some travelers are satisfied with a simple warm welcome, while others have ‘high expectations’ when it comes to what they expect from their host on the trip. For most global travelers, the main advantage is to feel ‘at home’, which is important for 66% of global passengers and for 70% of passengers from Croatia, while for 62% of global passengers the main advantage is the facilities in which the host is in the foreground. the opportunity to use the knowledge and information available to the host and decide to stay in a facility owned by someone who comes from the region in which it is located. The same goes for 48% of passengers from Croatia. Almost half (45%) of global travelers and more than half (59%) of Croatian travelers consider the knowledge and local information available to the host important for the overall budget because they hope for tips that will help them save, for example, by avoiding tourist traps . For some, the owner of the facility even gives a social note to the trip, with 44% of global travelers and almost as many travelers from Croatia (42%) want to increase the circle of acquaintances and would like the host to invite them to a party. More than half of global travelers (52%) and 40% of travelers from Croatia think that they need to see their host only once during their stay to feel welcome, and more than a third of global travelers (36%) and almost as many passengers from Croatia ( 33%) expect the host to contact them only during check-in and check-out. An even bigger challenge for the hosts is the fact that passengers also expect them to have a sixth sense and know how much personal touch is needed. 69% of them think that the hosts intuitively need to know the right amount of time to spend with their guests, and 73% of passengers from Croatia think the same. For four out of five global travelers (79%) and the same number of passengers from Croatia, this means respecting their need for personal space, which means that privacy is key. Never before have travelers had more choice when planning their trip. The hosts in the family accommodation must therefore make a great effort to make the guests decide on their facility, and not first look at what others have to offer.  A survey conducted by Booking.com among 21.500 passengers shows that almost two thirds (63%) of global travelers and almost as many passengers from Croatia (62%) believe that their stay was better thanks to the engagement of the host who did everything he could to allowed them to stay as good as possible. In addition, catering can be understood differently in different countries. If the results are viewed by nationality, travelers in India (84%), Colombia (80%) and Brazil (80%) consider it crucial that guests are well fed (compared to the global average of 69%), while Thais (74) %) and the Chinese (60%) consider it very important that guests have a good time (compared to the global average of 46%), and 79% of Italian hosts think that the most important thing is to include small gestures to create a welcoming atmosphere , such as a fire in a fireplace or candlelit room (compared to a global average of 68%).last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in Pennsylvania

first_imgKinder Park Redevelopment Ph 3Constitution Ave. & Bullen Ln.Woodlyn, PA 19094Kinder Park HousingRyan Bailey 267-386-8677rbailey@pennrose.com56.$1,172,034 Development NameApplicantTotal UnitsPennHOMES AmountTax Credit Amount SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 14, 2016 North Hills Manor300 Linden AvenueGlenside, PA 19038NHM Housing LPMark Dambly 267-386-8666mdambly@pennrose.com50.$1,198,000 Red Clay ManorSouth Mill RoadKennett Square, PA 19348Delaware Valley Development CompanyGlenn Worgan 302-235-2500gworgan@dvdc.com60.$1,192,193 Oakland Affordable Living2561 Allequippa Street2528-2544 Allequippa StreetPittsburgh, PA 15213Oakland Planning and Development CorporationWanda E. Wilson 412-621-7863wwilson@opdc.org49.$1,184,405 Pleasant Pointe1500 Trout RoadState College, PAPDG IV, LLCAra Kervandjian 814-272-2690arak@pdg-llc.com48$1,007,122$1,197,079 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of $40.3 million in tax credits and $5.9 million in PennHOMES funding for the construction of 39 affordable multifamily housing developments located throughout Pennsylvania. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board.The tax credits awarded to developers will be used to attract more than $407 million of investment funding for building, and rehabilitating, multifamily housing offering affordable rents.“This tax credit program touches many lives by making affordable housing available through a powerful partnership between the public and private sectors,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania communities win because the program makes possible the construction of housing for seniors, veterans and others that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.”When completed, the developments receiving funding today will preserve and create an additional 1,875 rental housing units for Pennsylvania residents.“The funding available through tax credits is in such high demand that every year we are only able to support about a third of the developments that apply,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “This demonstrates not only the demand for more affordable housing but also the strong private sector interest in this program.”One proposal receiving tax credits today was selected by a jury of affordable housing professionals for a funding award under the “Innovation in Design” category. Morning Crossing, located in Pittsburgh, is being developed by a.m. Rodriguez Associates, Inc., and will consist of the historic rehabilitation and new construction of 46 affordable units for seniors at the former Morningside Elementary School.This proposal will provide an inter-generational community development through the co-location of the Morningside Community Center at the site. For the seniors living there, age 62 and over, significant resources and programming will target their physical, mental, social and recreational needs. Additionally, the adaptive re-use of the building will follow Passive House design, plus the energy usage of both the residential and commercial components of the building will be monitored to ensure efficiency.The 39 multifamily housing proposals that are being awarded tax credits can be viewed below.MEDIA CONTACTS:Jeff Sheridan, Governor’s Office, – 717.783.1116Scott Elliott, PHFA – 717.649. 6522, selliott@phfa.org Miller Street Apartments318 Miller StreetPittsburgh, PA 15219Miller Street Apartments318 Miller StreetPittsburgh, PA 15219 Bridging the Gap Development LLCDerrick Tillman 412-583-1447dtillman@btgdevelopment.net36.$999,866 Carlisle Townhomes515 N. College StreetCarlisle, PA 17013PIHRL/Housing Authority of Cumberland CountyKevin Brown 216-453-5775Kbrown@pirhl.com52.$1,182,315 WPRE IVScattered SitesPhiladelphia, PA 19104WPRE IV, LLCGeorge Bantel 215-222-8110gbantel@wpre.com60.$1,183,778 LaSalle Blueprint NeighborhoodScattered SitesBorough of Berwick, PAColumbia County Housing CorporationRich Kisner 570-784-9373rkisner@columbiacountyhousing.com24$2,044,530$763,461 Lehigh Coal and NavigationOne BroadwayJim Thorpe, PA 18229-2025United Neighborhood Community Development Corp.Michael Hanley 570-346-0759mhanley@uncnepa.org27.$423,916 Academy II200 Academy StreetMoscow, PA 18444PPS Management LLCMark Paradise 570-383-0259mark.scandale@comcast.net48$750,000$1,072,795 Totals–1,875$5,922,960$40,307,295 The HUB Veterans HousingMuench and Fulton StreetsHarrisburg, PATLC Work-Based Training Programs, Inc. /Christian Recovery Aftercare MinistriesTarik Casteel 717-565-9343trcasteel38@gmail.com20.$473,378 Neshannock Woods601 Cambridge StreetNew Castle, PA 16105National Church ResidencesEric Walker 614-273-3734Ewalker@nationalchurchresidences.org81.$776,021 Roxbury Place1303 Franklin StreetJohnstown, PA 15905Buckeye Community Hope FoundationDavid Petroni 614-508-6495dpetroni@buckeyehope.org43.$1,048,699 Retirement Residence of Glassport219 Ohio AvenueGlassport, PA 15045a.m. Rodriguez Associates, Inc.Victor Rodriguez 412-231-3621v.rodriguez@cmshousing.com55.$1,200,000 Forest Hills Veterans Housing1844 Ardmore BoulevardForest Hills, PA 15221ACTION-Housing, Inc.Lena Andrews 412-281-2102landrews@actionhousing.org41.$1,181,480 The ElmsElmwood AvenueLandisville, PA 17538MBI Development Company, Inc.John Randolph 302-547-4656jrandolph@ingerman.com60.$1,196,677 Mt. Lebanon Senior Housing2904 Castlegate AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15243Three Rivers Communities, Inc.Frank Aggazio 412-355-8940franka@achsng.com60.$1,193,199 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in Pennsylvaniacenter_img Parade Street Commons East19th and 20th StreetsErie, PA 16504GMA Development Group, LLCDonald Crenshaw 814-898-4032dcrenshaw@zacassociates.org40.$1,128,020 River Run Meadows Apts.4289 Main StreetBirdsboro, PA 19508-8355HDC Mid-AtlanticIan Rawhauser 717-291-1911irawhauser@hdcweb.com58.$1,133,350 Morningside Crossing1802 Jancey StreetPittsburgh, PA 15206a.m. Rodriguez Associates, Inc.Victor Rodriguez 412-231-3621v.rodriguez@cmshousing.com46.$1,195,048 Edison 64 Veterans Community700 W. Somerset StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19133Orens Brothers, Inc.Scott Orens 215-222-4412scott@orensbrothers.com66.$1,152,609 Haddington III Preservation InitiativeScattered SitesPhiladelphia, PAMission First Housing Development CorporationChip Darling 215-557-8414cdarling@missionfirsthousing.org48.$995,711 Witherspoon Senior Apartments2050 S. 58th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19143Philadelphia Presbyterian Homes & Services for the AgingVidhi Anderson 610-260-1101vidhi.anderson@presbyinspiredlife.org60.$1,200,000 White Swan Apartments117 West Main StreetUniontown, PA 15401-3340White SwanJennifer Hodge 724-434-2105jhodge@faycha.org47.$1,199,782 CrossroadsRoute 100 & MoyerPottstown, PA 19464Delaware Valley Development CompanyGlenn Worgan 302-235-2500gworgan@dvdc.com49.$1,200,000 APM PreservationScattered SitesPhiladelphia, PA 19122Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha, Inc.Rose Gray 267-296-7305rose.gray@apmphila.org80.$1,200,000 SteelTown Village730 Wheatland StreetPhoenixville, PA 19460Petra Community HousingSteve Kambic 484-933-4953Steve.kambic@petrach.org48.$1,000,962 Montgomery Park Senior Ph 11301 Powell StreetNorristown, PA 19401Elon Group, Ltd.Francis Vargas 215-884-0500Fvargas@altmanco.com50$750,000$1,194,633 Anthony Wayne Senior Phase II1701 S. 28th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19145Elon Group, Ltd.Francis Vargas 215-884-0500fvargas@altmanco.com45.$1,185,889 Strawberry Mansion ApartmentsScattered SitesPhiladelphia, PA 19121Philadelphia Housing AuthorityMichael Johns 215-684-4147Michael.Johns@pha.phila.gov55.$1,183,694 Westminster Place at WindyHill Village II245 Dogwood DrivePhillipsburg, PA 16866Presbyterian Senior LivingBill Koons 717-502-8878wkoons@psl.org48.$759,404 Cantrell PlaceScattered SitesPhiladelphia, PAPhiladelphia Presbyterian Homes & Services for the AgingVidhi Anderson 610-260-1101vidhi.anderson@presbyinspiredlife.org61.$1,200,000 Washington Trust Apartments30 East Beau StreetWashington, PA 15301Trek Development Group, Inc.Trey Barbour 412-688-7200tbarbour@trekdevelopment.com24.$689,232 Squirrel Hill Gateway Apartments2607 Murray AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15217ACTION-Housing, Inc.Lena Andrews 412-281-2102landrews@actionhousing.org33.$1,117,171 Villa Maria 2825 West 8th StreetErie, PA 16502-1281Villa Maria 2 Preservation, LPCharles Scalise 814-453-3333cscalise@hands-erie.org30.$336,411 Cherry Street Commons26 S. Mahanoy Street and26 East Frack StreetFrackville, PA 17931Par King, Inc.Michael O’Connor 570-874-3300michaelj@oconnorlaw.com17$921,308$387,383 Muncy Greene500 John Brady Blvd.Muncy, PA 17756The Woda GroupAndrew Cohen 614-396-0009acohen@wodagroup.com60.$1,197,565 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Evans SquareLine and North 5th StreetsConneaut Lake, PA 16316Hudson Asset Advisors, LPTyler M. Hudson 724-981-1204thudson@hudsoncompanies.net40$450,000$1,011,135last_img read more