Passaic Dignity Home Offers A Place For Homeless Individuals To Receive Mail

PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Having a mailbox is something most people don’t think twice about, but many homeless individuals don’t have a place to get important documents or letters.

The city of Passaic is changing that.

CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis spoke to a man who didn’t want to share his name but shared the hardships faced since losing his job as a handyman nine months ago.

“When you lose your job, you don’t got no money to pay the rent,” he said.

It’s a problem experienced by many in the pandemic. The man says no home and no mailing address means “for a job, especially if you apply for something, you never know they respond, you never know if they accept you.”

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“It came up in a conversation with me that some don’t have access to mail, things that we take for granted every single day. They don’t know how to connect to get their benefits, whether social security, or even if they applied for a job, what address are they gonna put down for correspondence?” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said.

Now, they can put down 276 Broadway — the address for Passaic Dignity House, which now has mailboxes designated to homeless individuals.

“This is not just for someone to come in and say ‘Give me a mailbox’ and we won’t see you for six or seven months. These are people we want to follow because the ultimate goal is to get them off the street,” Lora said.

That can start with a simple letter, which the post office delivers through a slot. Human Services takes care of the rest.

The mail either gets placed in one of 21 mailboxes or it’s held for

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Virginia Contractors Receive Free Digital Licenses for Secure, Contactless Verification

Permitting offices, inspectors, and the public can more safely verify licenses issued by Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and Merit, the interoperable digital credentials ecosystem, have expanded their 2019 partnership to issue free digital versions of contractors’ licenses to thousands of professionals across the Commonwealth.

“We began working with Merit last year to digitize more than 100 license types across more than 40 professions for the first time, which was a meaningful, technology-forward initiative that had immediate value for our department and for our regulants,” said Mary Broz-Vaughan, Director of Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. “But what has really been highlighted during the current COVID-19 pandemic is that a merit or license on a smartphone is touchless. This is a game-changer for the many professions that require regular license checks – including the tens of thousands of contractors across Virginia.”

Overview of the digital license partnership between DPOR and Merit:

  1. Merit’s technology platform integrates directly with DPOR’s systems, ensuring that all license fields are updated on Merit in real-time.

  2. Digital versions of professional licenses, known as merits, are automatically sent to licensees.

  3. When a recipient receives a merit, they can activate it and manage it through any web browser, or on the go through Merit’s secure smartphone app, eliminating the need to carry a paper license.

  4. Local permitting offices, field inspectors, and members of the public can easily and contactlessly verify a digital license using Merit’s built-in sharing tools.

“It is exciting to see a great partner like Virginia’s DPOR offer even more professionals the digital, portable, verified credentials that we’ve been providing to other industries across the commonwealth,” said Merit COO, Jacob Orrin. “Merit is proud to work with Virginia’s contractors.”

“This ongoing collaboration with

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KTGY-Designed Communities Receive Recognition for Best Architectural Design

“Estancia – Plan 6 in Mountain View, California, won the MAME Award for the Best Architectural Design Attached Home – Under 2,000 SF. Lennar is the builder. KTGY Architecture + Planning is the architect.”

OAKLAND, Calif. – KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area has recognized KTGY-designed residential communities and residences at the prestigious 43rd Annual MAME Awards competition presented by the Sales & Marketing Council. The awards honor the industry’s most outstanding builder, sales, marketing and trade professionals who have distinguished themselves by working hard to deliver their best each day for the betterment of the industry. The winners were announced from the list of finalists on October 1, 2020.

KTGY’s winning design was:

Best Architectural Design Attached Home – Under 2,000 SF
Estancia – Plan 6
Location: Mountain View, California
Builder: Lennar
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

This new, distinctive community is situated in the center of the Silicon Valley in proximity to the Bay Area’s technology hub and Google headquarters, appealing to families and young professionals. The three-story townhome’s design incorporates fine craftsman detailing; the front porch serves as the entrance point of the home opening to the first level foyer, with two-bay garage and ground-floor bedroom and private bathroom ideal for hosting out-of-town guests. The stairs lead to the second level that opens to a spacious living and dining area with open kitchen, a powder room is also provided on this level. Two outdoor decks adorn the open layout, located off the great room and kitchen submerging the space in natural light and creating an ideal space for entertaining guests. The third floor contains the master suite and additional bedroom with walk-in closet and two full private bathrooms. Washer and dryer are conveniently located on the

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How To Receive A Contractor’s License

Do you have got any plan to construct your dream house? A skilled enterprise proprietor will hire people who do have strengths in areas the enterprise proprietor has weaknesses. The very best chance for fulfillment in the general contractor enterprise is to achieve experience doing everything. Unfortunately, my experience has shown me that the majority construction contractors pay little consideration to their system of accounting.

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When you are cheated in commerce it costs you money and maybe dented pride. Each roof restore contractor has his own skill and style of repairing the roof that units him aside from the rest. One of these residence improvement work will be accomplished by impartial contractors.

You need an organization that has been in business for years and has worked on and managed many jobs. Do It Yourself – You screw up the job, it’s important to re-do it. There is no such thing as a assure for a do-it-yourselfer and other people typically don’t take out insurance coverage on themselves or the job.

In much less severe circumstances, this could imply that the contractor fails to make wanted repairs after the primary job is finished. Though you might encounter a number of bad apples along the way, nearly all of contractors are fairly concerned about their fame and are not just working for beer money.…

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