Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have accuse

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have accused the government of maintaining a “head-in-the-sand denial” of its failure to protect disabled people’s human rights.The criticism came from a coalition of DPOs from across the UK as they wrote to the prime minister, Theresa May, to question the lack of progress in the six months since the UN delivered a “damning” verdict on her government’s record on disability rights, and to ask for a meeting to discuss their concerns.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (UNCRPD) told the UK government in August in its “concluding observations” that it needed to make more than 80 improvements to the ways its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights.In its review of the UK’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva (pictured) – in which members of the coalition played a significant role – the committee raised concerns and made recommendations on all but three of the 33 treaty articles the UK could have breached.The committee made the highest number of recommendations for improvements it had ever issued for a country undergoing the review process, while the committee member who led the review warned the UK was “going backwards” on independent living.But since the concluding observations were published six months ago, there has been no sign of a response from the UK government, which has also failed to work with DPOs on how it could improve its record.Now the coalition of the country’s leading DPOs has written to the prime minister to express its alarm at this lack of action, and to call for a meeting with her.Among the coalition are the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales, Inclusion London, Black Triangle, People First (Self Advocacy), British Deaf Association, and Disabled People Against Cuts.Among key concerns highlighted by the UN committee, which the government has so far failed to act on, says the coalition, is the need to enshrine the UN convention into domestic law as the UK leaves the European Union.Other concerns include the lack of resources to implement the Equality Act; the need for a “fully resourced action plan” to implement the UN convention across the UK; and work to ensure rights to independent living, employment and an adequate standard of living and social protection.The coalition has told May that the UK had “previously been seen as a leader on disability rights by many countries around the world and therefore has a ‘special obligation’ to set world leading standards on the treatment of disabled people and their inclusion in society”.But the coalition also told May that the UN committee concluded that this “leading position has been lost”.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, a ROFA member, said: “Six months on from the UN disability committee’s damning verdict on this government’s failure to protect and progress disabled people’s rights, things continue to get worse, not better, for disabled people.“The government appears to be maintaining its position of blanket denial that there is anything wrong, dismissing our lived experience, the UN findings and failing to act on any of the recommendations put forward in the committee’s concluding observations.“This state of affairs cannot continue.“Disabled people’s organisations from across the UK are calling on the government to recognise the very serious concerns identified by the UN disability committee and to use the concluding observations as an opportunity to begin working with, not against, disabled people, so we can get our rights, inclusion and equality back on track.”Members of the coalition also contrasted the failure of the UK government to work with disabled people and their organisations with the actions of the devolved Welsh and Scottish governments.Dr Sally Witcher, chief executive of Inclusion Scotland, said: “It is quite astonishing that the UK government should persist in its claim that it remains a global leader on disabled people’s human rights, despite the UN committee’s damning indictment of their record and incontrovertible evidence of the ‘human catastrophe’ austerity cuts have had on disabled people’s lives.“While the Scottish government has taken a much more positive approach, the impact of the UK government’s failure to take seriously our human rights is nonetheless starkly felt by disabled people in Scotland, particularly with regard to disability benefits.“The Scottish government frequently involves disabled people in policy-making and has published a plan for the delivery of our human rights.“Although we do need to see more progress on implementing that plan, it is heartening that the Scottish government has committed to take action.“In contrast, the UK government seems determined to keep its head buried firmly in the sand, refusing even to acknowledge what is blatantly obvious – that they have repeatedly trampled on our human rights and thereby devastated the lives of very many disabled people throughout the UK. This cannot be allowed to continue.”Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said the Welsh government had responded to the concluding observations with “continuing dialogue with disabled people and our organisations” through the ongoing review of the Framework for Action on Independent Living.But she said that “as a devolved nation, it is not possible to entirely mitigate the impact of UK austerity policies, so we join forces with our sister organisations across the UK in calling for urgent action from the prime minister in our quest to safeguard disabled people’s human rights in Wales”.A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said the government’s response to the concluding observations would be published later this year, while Number 10 “will be responding to the letter in due course”.She said in a statement: “The UK is a recognised world leader in disabled rights and equality and as a share of GDP, our public spending on disability and incapacity is higher than all other G7 countries bar Germany*.“Not only do we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before – but we also offer a wide range of tailored and effective support, which this report fails to recognise.“Our focus is on helping disabled people find and stay in work, whilst providing support for those who can’t.”*The other five G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.With little else to report on, journalists have gleefully cranked up the heat ahead of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting that is set to finalise the European manifesto. The draft, which has been drawn up by Jeremy Corbyn’s senior policy adviser Andrew Fisher, will be discussed by members of the ruling body from 11am this morning.As outlined in yesterday’s morning email, there has been much grassroots activity in favour of a pure and simple public vote pledge, organised by groups such as Remain Labour and Another Europe is Possible – all with the encouragement of deputy leader Tom Watson. And some of the trade unions who are represented on the NEC – notably Unison, GMB and TSSA – are also expected to push for the party to back a referendum on any Brexit deal.You’d be forgiven for expecting a dramatic showdown. But speaking to NEC members paints a different picture. One pointed out to me that the meeting is only scheduled to be two hours long (though it could overrun) and there has “never been a majority” for anything other than current policy. “This isn’t a Clause V manifesto meeting,” they said, touching on an argument that has also been made by anti-PV youth rep Lara McNeill. The rulebook states that the NEC “shall decide which items from the programme shall be included” – i.e. it is not a policy-making body, and should not deviate from what was decided at conference.There are also concerns about “grandstanding” just two days away from tough Leave-area-dominant local elections (which everyone seems to have forgotten about, possibly as they aren’t in London). There is a strong feeling that most NEC members will prefer to focus on unity policy issues such as workers’ rights, environmental protections and tackling the far-right.I’m told the public campaigning we’ve seen won’t reflect the more nuanced debate in the room, where “positioning with members” is less salient. Turnout will still be important: one CLP rep I spoke to was concerned about apologies that have already been given, particularly as the emergency meeting was called at short notice and there is no dial in option. But the real crunch moment will be at conference, or just before an early general election if there is one.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Brexit /Labour NEC /Public vote /last_img read more

City report says Uber and Lyft are hoarding vital transit data

first_img 0% Uber and Lyft — whose ride-hailing services bring an estimated 45,000 cars into the city each day — generate trip data every time they pick up or drop off a passenger. This data, say city transit officials, is essential for long-term planning. And yet, as a recent draft report from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority makes clear, mobility tech companies have declined to share vital data with city and county transportation planners. That draft report, “Emerging Mobility Evaluation Report: Evaluating Emerging Mobility Services and Technologies in San Francisco” evaluated mobility companies currently operating in the city against the city’s guiding transportation standards. The problem is the lack of data: Fully 85 percent of all possible “outcome metrics” were not reported by any company, Uber and Lyft included. And that’s no mere oversight. In a 2012 filing to the California Public Utilities Commission, Lyft argued that trip data was a “closely guarded trade secret” that guaranteed Lyft’s ability to raise capital investment and compete in a market dominated by Uber, which Lyft characterized as “ruthless.” The CPUC agreed. In May of 2017, CPUC attorneys refused to share ride-hailing data with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. This is an egregious mistake, according to both Jason Henderson, professor of geography and environment at San Francisco State, and Andy Thornley, senior analyst in the Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Henderson and Thornley agree that while newer additions to mobility — standing scooters, mopeds and e-Bikes — need to fit into long-term plans, the lasting changes that will lower emissions and decongest city streets that will only come by regulating the number of cars on the streets. Both men agree that, without the raw data from the ride-hailing giants that’s embargoed by the CPUC, efforts to plan for the future of transportation in San Francisco will be fruitless.   According to Henderson, the CPUC has agreed to allow the data to remain secret because of political pressure from the tech sector. “They have political operatives who say ‘no, we don’t have to share data. We’re a private company.’” Henderson noted that Uber hired Obama-administration alums to lobby state officials. “As a result, we have no policy.” The trove of data kept under wraps is the stuff of dreams for a transit planner. A passenger disembarks from an Uber. Photo by Emma Neiman.In a 2017 comment filed with the CPUC, Lyft detailed the type of information it collects: trips completed, time and location of pick-ups and drop-offs, miles and hours traveled by drivers, all of which would shed light on the exact number of ride-hailing drivers entering and exiting the city and their patterns of travel within city limits. This data, Henderson says, would allow city transportation planners to do their jobs. “Uber and Lyft are using the public right-of-way. They need to be telling us where they’re parking, where they’re picking people up and dropping them off, where they live, where they idle, and what their [vehicle miles traveled] is.”Thornley agrees. “We have no way of knowing how many of them are out there, how often they’re running fares, or where the fares are going,” he said. “We don’t know their business. And therefore, we have a big blind spot about what’s happening on our streets.” The city knows how many taxis are on the streets, however. The medallion system the city uses to cap the number of taxis is currently at 1,705, according to the most recent SFMTA report. In contrast, there are no caps on the number of ride-hailing vehicles in San Francisco, a perennial sore point with San Francisco taxi drivers — and a problem for planners, who need to meet lowered emissions goals by 2030. (It also warrants mentioning that the estimated number of Ubers and Lyfts on San Francisco streets exceeds the city’s agreed-upon maximum for taxis by a factor of 20. That’s a lot of cars. That’s a lot of data.). The city’s goals are clear: By 2030, San Francisco transit agencies want 80 percent of all trips within city limits to be taken on foot, bike or using high-occupancy mass transit, such as BART or Muni. This will allow the city to lower emissions below 1990 levels by 2050. California’s official goal, as expressed in AB 32, is even tougher. The state wants a return to 1990 levels by 2020.Henderson says we’re not going to succeed. “We’re not on track to make that goal. Lowering emissions will be impossible without purging the car out of the city.”This is clearly at odds with Uber and Lyft’s business model, which both companies claim reduces car ownership. But both Henderson and Thornely say that car ownership is a red herring: Rather, it’s all about car usage. As planners wait for data from Lyft and Uber, permits are being issued for e-bikes and stand-up scooters. Thornely noted that the pilot programs will capture user data, including location, charge level for e-bikes and stand-up scooters, collisions, and total trip distance.The draft report is due to be re-submitted to the Transportation Authority later in the summer. How much will change before that happens is anyone’s guess. Probably not a whole lot.“You know — we’re curious about stand-up scooters,” says Thornley. “And we want to know about mopeds and bikes.” But without access to information about Uber and Lyft trips, Thorney says, longterm planning will be difficult. “We really want to know about the tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft trips. We really need that basic operational data. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Address Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons could only express his disappointmen

first_imgROYCE Simmons could only express his disappointment after Saints snatched a late point at Hull KR.Jamie Foster’s 80th minute penalty from 30 yards out grabbed a draw from the jaws of defeat at Craven Park and maintained the Club’s 100 per cent start to the season.But Simmons was far from happy with the performance.“I am disappointed really,” he said. “We let in 36 points against a side I knew would be very game and very hard but who are without their two starting halves. To leak 36 points when they are missing those ball players; that’s disappointing. I knew we were in for a really tough battle and knew their forwards would carry the ball hard.“Our problem was at 14-0 we thought it would be too easy. All week there has been talk about us coming up here, players missing and I think up to that point we thought we were going to run away with it. But I pointed out through the week how aggressive Hull KR would be and how well Lovegrove and Murrell have been playing in the halves.“Therefore I don’t think our attitude for the 80 minutes was quite what it should have been.“Take nothing from Hull though, they could have said we are 14 down, have injuries and use them as excuses but they didn’t. Their coach has done a great job and made them competitive and at the end of the day they were the better side.”Saints welcomed back Paul Wellens, Jamie Foster and Michael Shenton and all three popped up with points.“Was it our strongest side? Well that’s debatable. I’ll decide on that when I look at the video. Paul Clough, Tommy Makinson, Shaun Magennis didn’t play and we had the luxury of leaving a couple out, but yes it was a good side.“A point gained or lost? At the end of the day we let in 36 points so I don’t care too much about the one point really. I want to fix the 36 points up.”last_img read more

CONTINUING the countdown to our Academy Tour of Au

first_imgCONTINUING the countdown to our Academy Tour of Australia, today Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw takes a look at the 2006 Tour.The first thing to say about 2006 is we were ambitious; 30 players and an increase from three games to five!First up was a trip to Newcastle to play a Knights side in a curtainraiser to Great Britain’s warm up game and what an introduction that was. We played against a very physical and well organised side who had obviously known about our exploits on the previous trip. To say they were lying in wait would be an understatement.Needless to say we were better prepared for the previous experience and trained that squad in preparation harder than any other Academy side we’d had.We started fast and opened the scoring when Jamie Ellis sliced through from close range, then capitalised to go ahead 22-4 at the break.In the second half the charge came at us and we defended for our lives. In attack we had little energy and struggled to get any real field position. Despite the comeback we held on for a 22-16 victory.The following game against Wests was the most comprehensive victory – by 14-0 – and that followed a tense draw against a physical Balmain side… although we had a winning Andrew Dixon try ruled out for a debatable forward pass!After these first three victories we then had Cronulla cancel on us, and we’d like to think it was through fear!In the final encounter we came up against a Penrith side eager for revenge and yet again we contested a thriller that went right to the death.Willie Isa opened the scoring for Penrith early in the first half, and after that the game went end to end, but both defences held firm.With minutes to go Karl Ashall jumped out of dummy half, pierced the Panthers defence and found the supporting Warren Thompson to go in under the posts to steal victory.The 2006 Tour really was a bruising affair and we were very proud to maintain our unbeaten record as an Academy touring club. With the increased numbers we also had an increased level of staff and Matt Daniels (now Head Strength and Conditioner) and Nathan Mill (now Head Physio) were staff members on that trip too.“My memories of the tour began with a member of staff wearing the stomach contents of a drunken passenger half an hour into a 24 hour plane journey – it must have been a lonely journey for Glynn with everyone keeping their distance from him for obvious reasons!” Matt said. “The trip itself started in earnest with an endurance test on day one. With a deliberate attempt to readjust body clocks and avoid jet lag we marched around Sydney with the lads power napping at any given opportunity.“The bus trips in and out of Sydney became a great opportunity for the lyrically blessed amongst us to start a good old sing song-much to the dismay of some of the staff. One particular favourite amongst the lads, ‘a cow kicked nelly in the belly in barn’ earned rave reviews from Eric Chisnall!“Sleeping arrangements are quite cosy and we had six members of staff in bunk beds in our room. One particular staff member insisted on getting dressed for bed and then turning the light on when he left the room for a toilet run in the middle of the night. This same staff member also had subway Penrith on his friends and family call list.“Other highlights of the trip for me were watching Great Britain beat Australia closely followed by Derick Traynor leaping out of a raft mid-way down the rapids with cramp.“An obvious high of the tour were the performances of the players themselves – not only in returning undefeated, but the high standards of performance and professionalism displayed throughout.“I have too many fond memories to put into words but the players and staff on the tour all contribute to making it a true trip of a lifetime.“Through the fundraising and training pre tour to the matches, activities and visits it is rewarding to see the group bonding and strong relationships formed, as well as young players develop and establish a level of responsibility and independence.“It will always be something I look back on with great pride and the players and staff involved will be lifelong friends.”Tourists:1. Thomas Armstrong2. Karl Ashall3. Matthew Ashurst4. Philip Baines5. Jack Bradbury6. Matthew Clarke7. Scott Clarke8. Tom Colborn9. Tom Connick10. Jamie Dickinson11. Andrew Dixon12. Jamie Ellis13. Jamie Foster14. Gareth Frodsham15. Lee Gaskell16. Daniel Leach17. Owen Livesey18. Jonny Lomax19. Steven Lucas20. Shaun Magennis21. Joseph Molyneux22. Robert Murphy23. Steven Nield24. Dave Sutton25. Warren Thompson 26. Barry Walsh27. Martin Waring28. Mike Welsby29. Gary Wheeler30. Andy YatesResults:St Helens 22 v 16 Newcastle KnightsSt Helens 14 v 0 West MagpiesSt Helens 16 v 16 Balmain TigersSt Helens 6 v 4 Penrith PanthersThe Tourist’s View:Andy Yates: “I had a great experience. It was the first time I trained in a full time environment and been away from home so I learnt how to become more professional towards rugby. We had the right balance of training and playing games but also fitting in activities such as white-water rafting, the Sydney Bridge climb and trips out around Australia.“We were lucky enough to win every game too. They were really competitive so my game definitely improved by playing over there. Not every person gets to go to Australia yet alone play rugby so for anyone wanting to go I 100 per cent recommend it.”Tom Connick: “I have nothing but fantastic experience and memories! I am planning on travelling around Australia and this all stemmed from being on the Saints tour. The tour gave me the foundations and mindset of what was needed to continue along a professional pathway in rugby league.“This has led me to playing semi-professional for seven years.”Steven Lucas: “The tour of Australia allows players to challenge themselves against their counterparts in the NRL. It was a massively rewarding experience for player development and offered a real challenge to develop our skills as young players.“There are so many once in a lifetime experiences that allow young players to grow as a player and as a person. I can honestly say the tour of Australia offers not only a chance to challenge yourself and grow as a player, but also teaches determination and independence.“Good luck to the lads going on tour this year. Make the most of it. You will never forget it.”On the high wire.Tom Connick.Celebrating a win.Andy Yates.Gary Wheeler with Jamie Foster.Staff!last_img read more

Saints skipper has been a stalwart of these tough

first_imgSaints’ skipper has been a stalwart of these tough clashes and says it is a game all the players look forward to.“In my first derby I got beaten up by Terry Newton so it has been pretty easy since then!” he said. “This game is bigger, more physical and aggressive than any other you play in.“I am still as excited as when I took to the field in that first one. As a Saints player it is a best game of the year.“Wigan showed what they are all about in the Cup Final. They kept in there because they are dogged and competitive. There’s no doubt in my mind every one of their players will turn up ready to play.“It’s a huge game because both team’s play-off ambitions ride on it.“It isn’t the end if either team loses but it would certainly become difficult to make the four.”Ben Barba will make his debut for the Saints on Friday and Wilkin reckons his introduction is a real coup for the club.“Ben’s attitude has been sensational since he got here,” he said. “He is a naturally talented player with a real depth of understanding.“We’re all excited to see him play, especially when we have Jonny Lomax and Matty Smith in the halves. It brings its own challenges in terms of continuity and combinations but to bring a player of that calibre of player in at this time of year is an incredible piece of recruitment by the club.“That said, the challenge for us this week is unlocking Wigan because they are a great defensive side. We need to get our attack and defence right – but the intensity of our game has to come through our defence.“Despite the last two results, if you look at how well we defended we were exceptional. But the more defence we have to do the less energy we have to attack.“Our defence has been a stand out feature, but bringing Ben Barba in a team with Jonny, Matty Smith, James Roby and Mark Percival makes us a threat.”Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The Giants have only taken a point from their last

first_imgThe Giants have only taken a point from their last six games but that was against Leeds and was one they should have won.“Huddersfield have been a little up and down recently but they have a new coach and were unlucky not to beat Leeds a couple of weeks back,” Holbrook said. “They are hard to predict and that makes the game a hard one.“We have to prepare for them at their best. If we don’t play well then we will get beat. That’s the good thing about this group. They know that.”Saints will be without a multitude of players for the clash including Zeb Taia, Mark Percival and James Roby.Holbrook though, says it is very much a team effort as they look to get back to winning ways.“Zeb misses out with concussion and we’re hoping this will be the only game James Roby misses”, he added. “He is going well but we will have to see if he is ready for next week.“He is a massive miss but the fact he didn’t play didn’t have a bearing on winning or losing on Sunday. I thought Matty (Smith) and Theo (Fages) did a great job at Wakefield but of course you don’t replace James Roby.“I said that when Alex Walmsley got injured too as he is the best front row in the comp.“But the minute you rely on one player in a team then you’re in trouble. What doesn’t help is the fact we didn’t win; that highlights the fact a player didn’t play.“The players took the defeat at Wakefield hard and I expected that. When you watch it back we weren’t that bad apart from that 15 to 18 minute period. Outside of that they only scored a penalty goal.“We didn’t deserve to win and are looking forward to bouncing back.”Tickets for Friday’s game with Huddersfield remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.The game gets underway at the Totally Wicked Stadium from 8pm.last_img read more

Snow chance for parts of our area Wednesday Winter Weather Advisory issued

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Bladen and inland Pender counties ahead of potential winter weather in the Cape Fear Wednesday.Given the expected limited snow amounts and warmer ground conditions across our area we don’t expect travel impacts to be as bad as the last winter weather event.- Advertisement – TIMINGFAR INLAND AREAS: Wintry mix will begin in the morning for inland areas then change to snow by mid to late morning. Precipitation ending in the late afternoon/early evening.COASTAL AREAS: Rain will begin in the afternoon, then changeover to snow late afternoon/early evening. Precipitation evening during late evening.HOW MUCH?Snow accumulations are currently expected to be about 1-2″ across the northern areas (Bladen and Pender counties) to a dusting or just rain with a few flakes farther south. It’s possible for many areas to see no accumulation.TRAVEL IMPACTSThis doesn’t appear to be a high impact event although there could some slick spots on bridges, overpass, and other elevated road surfaces.Related Article: Dry, hot conditions continue to keep Pender County farmers on edgeNo icing impacts from freezing rain or sleet are expected.Thursday morning lows will be around 20 inland to the lower 20s near the coast which may create some black ice, especially in those areas that receive accumulating snow. Wind chill values are expected to be in the low teens late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.last_img read more

OlaStrong Judge Lewis says cancer treatments prayers working

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some encouraging news about a Brunswick County judge’s fight against cancer.We told you back in December that Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is spending several months at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for liver cancer treatment.- Advertisement – Friends and colleagues at the Brunswick County Government Center have held prayer rallies for her. Many have even traveled to see her in Minnesota.“C(ancer) is shrinking!” Judge Lewis wrote in a text to WWAY this morning. “Round 4 of chemo next week! C(ancer) numbers went from 202 to 37! Praise God!“My doctor says the many prayers are working so please continue to pray for me and the team @ Mayo! I will continue my daily prayers for all those supporting me in this fight! By His Grace I am #OlaStrong!”last_img read more

FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance available to storm victims

first_imgWas unreachable for an inspection after three attempts. Not be linked with another valid registration for disaster assistance. TSA is currently available to eligible survivors whose pre-disaster primary residence is in one of the following eight counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender or Robeson. Survivors who do not have the option to return home and are unable to have their housing needs met through insurance, congregate shelters, or rental assistance provided by FEMA or another agency (federal, state or voluntary) may be eligible for TSA. How will survivors be notified of their eligibility? Chose not to accept offer of direct housing assistance. To locate participating hotels, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, scroll down to the Quick Links section, and click on “Transitional Sheltering Assistance Hotel Locator.” You can also call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA or TTY 800-462-7585. Pass occupancy verification. FEMA provides rental assistance, home repair assistance and other forms of housing to help eligible survivors transition from TSA to a short or long-term housing option. Disaster Specific Implementation: FEMA provides rental assistance, home repair assistance. Other forms of housing solutions may be provided, based upon eligibility. Residents check out the flooding in a Leland neighborhood after Hurricane Florence on Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) Fact SheetTransitional Sheltering Assistance Has repairs completed in an emergency temporary repair program. FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) an emergency sheltering option to help reduce the complexity of survivors’ post-disaster experience. Prior to consideration of TSA as a sheltering option, FEMA evaluated North Carolina’s availability of rental resources and understanding trends in mass care resources, and: Does not comply with TSA Terms and Conditions. Leased into a direct housing unit. Have a primary residence located in an area designated for TSA. Pass identity verification. FEMA encourages states approved for TSA to also request disaster case management so case workers can work one on one with households to address their unmet needs. Received rental assistance. Voluntarily withdraws from FEMA’s disaster assistance. Is not referred to FEMA for housing assistance. Is determined to be ineligible for IHP Housing Assistance. Report damage that occurred within the incident period for Hurricane Florence. Has insurance that provides coverage for living expenses for the damage caused by the disaster.center_img Will hotels provide any notifications to survivors? Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) is a sheltering option using participating hotels/motels to help fill a gap until survivors identify short or long-term housing solutions. Is residing with a household member. To be considered for TSA, applicants must: Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and are eligible for TSA will be notified of their eligibility beginning today. A delayed implementation of TSA allows for opportunity for whole community partners to work with survivors on housing solutions to meet their short/long term housing needs. Survivors who do not have the option to return home and are unable to have their needs met through insurance, congregate shelters, or rental assistance provided by FEMA or another agency (federal, state or voluntary) may be eligible for TSA. When and how will survivors be notified when their eligibility expires? Survivors will be notified seven days before their eligibility for TSA expires through phone call, email, and/or text message depending upon the method of communication they selected at the time of application for disaster assistance. Applicant eligibility for TSA will end when the applicant: Eligible survivors will be notified of their eligibility through an automated phone call, text message, and/or email depending upon the method of communication they selected at the time of application for disaster assistance. Pre-disaster primary residence is safe to occupy based on inspection. Report a cause of damage that corresponds with impacts associated with Hurricane Florence. Confirmed a lack of rental resources preventing disaster survivors from meeting their housing needs in a reasonable timeframe. Confirmed emergency shelter population exists and assessed the anticipated length disaster survivors will be displaced from their pre-disaster dwellings. Not willing to relocate from residence while repairs are being made based on inspection information. Survivors will be notified of their eligibility through an automated phone call, text message, and/or email depending upon the method of communication they selected when they registered for assistance. When survivors check in to hotels, they will sign a Terms and Conditions document acknowledging they understand the rules and requirements of the program. FEMA provides notification of any change to an applicant’s TSA eligibility. Continued eligibility is determined on an individual basis based on continued and demonstrated need. When eligibility for a particular household ends, those survivors will be notified seven days prior to their checkout date. Frequently Asked Questions:What does it mean for survivors? Apply for disaster assistance, and be referred to FEMA for Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance. Background Indicate home damage during registration due to Hurricane Florence. What is FEMA doing to help survivors transition from TSA to a short or long term housing solution?last_img read more