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Five months after Maui fires, housing remains Lahaina’s biggest challenge in rebuilding efforts

Five months since the deadly wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, providing housing for displaced residents continues...

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What happens after the fire

NPR's Pien Huang speaks to Jennifer Gray Thompson, founder and CEO of After the Fire USA, about what to expect from long-term recovery after a wildfire.

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In Hawaii, concerns over ‘climate gentrification’ rise after devastating Maui fires

In Hawaii, concerns over ‘climate gentrification’ rise after devastating Maui fires...

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Hawaii Gov. Green Announces $150M fund for fire victims

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Gentrification by Fire

Gentrification by Fire The West’s new climate is exacerbating housing inequality in the quintessentially blue state of California

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Greenville rising from the ashes 2 years after Dixie Fire

Greenville rising from the ashes 2 years after Dixie Fire. The Dixie Fire tore through Greenville in 2021 and incinerated most of downtown.

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Sonoma Group Forged in Tubbs Fire Helping Other Wildfire Victims Cope

Amid the crumpled, twisted remains of the Plumas County town of Greenville, few people stirred, ...

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Amid the crumpled, twisted remains of the Plumas County town of Greenville, few people stirred, ...

Sonoma Valley resident, After the Fire CEO joining Rep. Mike Thompson at Biden’s State of the Union address

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HR 5863 scheduled for Floor Debate and possible vote afterwards. Tuesday, 5:15pm EST so 2:15pm PSTWe will post links to watch Floor live.Congressman Mike Thompson Rep. Doug LaMalfa Jennifer Gray Thompson ... See MoreSee Less
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Disaster Tax Bill Update5.17.2024Edited to add: House Floor Debate will be this Tuesday at 5:15pm with possible floor vote right after.HR 5863 will advance to the House Floor for a vote next week! 👏👏👏Please see link below if you wish to access the PDF of HR 5863, as amended.Yes, the Ways and Means amendments are included.This is a huge deal. We aren't done yet, but this is another DC Miracle and like a lot of miracles, has been the result of countless hours of work from fire survivors, delegates from After The Fire USA, and (importantly) BIPARTISAN leadership from Congressman Mike Thompson and Rep. Doug LaMalfa. 🇺🇲🤝💪We are stronger together.Jennifer Gray Thompson will be in DC next week and reporting back to you.#megafire #wildfire #hr5863 #SupportSurvivors #leanin Link to Bill:docs.house.gov/floor/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We love a Community Land Trust and applaud the work of the Lahaina Community Land Trust to ensure keeping the land locally owned.CLTs can be a game changer for equitable rebuilds while also providing land and culture resiliency for generations. Fannie Mae is wonderful support for CLTs as they've innovated for disaster communities and leaned into megafire recovery since our fires in 2017. One innovation here is creating a mortgage that allows nonprofits, including CLTs, to provide shares to community at the same rate as single family dwellings and avoiding the predatory lending issues seen in MHPs.Innovating post disaster is necessary and can be very hard. Having the vision is key. Lahaina and all of Maui deserve our respect and donor dollars to succeed. One place to begin is with the Lahaina Community Land Trust! Donate if you can.A big Mahalo to our Lahaina Community Land Trust Advisory Board members, for accepting the kuleana to help steer our activities and keep us true to our mission to keep Lahaina lands in Lahaina hands . The members of the inaugural LCLT Advisory Board are: Ginger Prince, Kanoe Steward, Kalamaʻehu Takahashi, Audrey Cabrera, Tonata Lolesio, Kai Keahi, Tamara Paltin, and Kaipo Kekona. Also pictured are Board of Directors Mikey Burke, Carolyn Wong Auweloa, and Kapali Keahi. LCLT Advisory Board consists of community members who resonate with the values and mission of the organization, aiming to safeguard the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Lahaina for generations to come. These individuals represent the diverse tapestry of our community, bringing a wealth of experience, perspectives, and insights to the table.“Our Advisory Board members are trusted leaders in various spheres of the Lahaina community, each possessing a unique understanding of our town’s rich history, culture, and aspirations,” said Mikey Burke, President of the Lahaina Community Land Trust Board of Directors. “Their role is pivotal in fostering open dialogue and ensuring that the voices of Lahaina residents are heard and respected in the decision-making process.”The primary responsibilities of the Advisory Board include:-Providing input on key decisions regarding LCLT priorities, land use, and management strategies.-Facilitating two-way communication between the interests of the community and the LCLT Board of Directors.-Offering valuable perspectives on how land-related decisions impact the diverse communities that comprise Lahaina.“LCLT is committed to the development of a community real estate ownership model that truly puts the values and needs of Lahaina first, and that fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment in the community over lands held by the trust” said Carolyn Wong-Auweloa, Board of Directors Vice President. “We will continue to develop a collective governance system, rooted in the ʻike of our ancestors and inclusive of our diverse community as we grow. This is just the first step.” ... See MoreSee Less
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