Another House is Completed Through WV Rise Flood Relief
West Virginia RISE has now officially completed 21 houses! The active project list has added more homes to be worked on has reached a number of 427 where 166 of these cases require total reconstruction, 159 require rehabilitation of some sort, and 102 need unit replacement.
At this rate, approximately $311,114 is used monthly to help regain proper functionality and we are proud to continue to use our money effectively.
HUD has listed hotlines for those in need of home repair assistance: 304-220-2570 and for anyone needing to report fraud regarding Home Reconstruction at 1-866-WVWATCH (1-866-989-2824).
General Patrick Morrisey Creates New Opportunities for the Elderly
The plan is to open up a collaboration between his office and the Bi-County Nutrition Program that will allow the elderly to receive food deliveries straight to their home in Harrison and Doddridge Counties.
In recent years, WV communities have noticed how lives have been affected by seniors’ vulnerability and are taking efforts to keep them from becoming victims. On top of food, they will be provided information on dangers such as targeting scams, abuse, and exploitation. Our community will always continue to strive to keep all members of society feeling safe and welcome.
West Virginia’s OLWEUS Program has effectively been reducing bullying in the school districts for seven years.
This year’s program kick-off took place in War Memorial Park with all students from pre-K through high school, district staff, family, and community members in attendance.
The goals of this program include bully prevention, school climate improvement, and peer to peer relationships. Students are taught to “consider their words and actions, and what to do if they or someone else is being bullied.” Annual anonymous survey results show the decline in bullying from cyber to verbal and everything in between.
There are many ways bullying can be reported, including this online site, www.berkeleycountyschools.org. Spread this link along to members of our school district to continue the declining rate in bullying statistics.
West Virginians Urged to Help Protect the Environment.
A public poll was sent to residents asking whether communities should protect the environment at all costs or if we have gone too far with our efforts to sustain it. Results show improvement since 2014 with the same question asked at the same location. 67% of all 55 counties in WV responded we should do whatever it takes this year.
This is a significant increase compared to 2014’s results of 51%. This year, 84% of Democrats support “doing whatever it takes” while 52% of Republicans voted so.
A related question on the survey asks if stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the expenditure, or if they cost too many jobs and hurt our economy. This question resulted in 50% both ways, representing an increase to the prior year which indicated a 60% siding with “stricter environmental laws hurt the economy.”
These questions continue to affect communities all over and are one immediate way to get an overview of the public’s vision for our regulations. Five major natural gas projects are in effect across West Virginia, including the Affordable Clean Power Plan, a Rockwell Industrial Plant, and the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Our efforts will continue to achieve the greatest amount of good that represents our state’s willingness for improvement.
We’re doing great, West Virginia! Let’s keep it up.