(iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)In the first week of February, 79.2 percent of renters in 11.6 million market-rate units paid all or some rent.That’s a slight uptick from last month, when 76.6 percent of renters made a payment by the first week of the month. It’s also an improvement from December, when landlords reported the lowest rent collection levels since the start of the pandemic.But compared to the same period last year, 216,479 fewer households paid rent — a 1.9 percentage point decrease.The National Multifamily Housing Council has published its findings each month since April 2020, providing a snapshot of the health of the multifamily market. The survey does not include student or military housing, subsidized affordable apartments, public housing or rent-regulated units.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreNew York lawmakers get some answers on rent reliefThe nitty gritty on federal rent relief Message* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Share via Shortlink “As we approach almost a full year of navigating the pandemic and the resulting financial distress, we remain encouraged by the Covid relief package passed at the end of 2020 that included critical support for apartment residents and the nation’s rental housing industry such as $25 billion in rental assistance, extended unemployment benefits and direct payments,” said NMHC president Doug Bibby.The slight uptick from January comes after Congress passed a relief bill in December that included $600 payments to households and $25 billion in rent relief, which is distributed to states and large localities according to population.New York will receive $1.3 billion of that federal aid for rent relief despite having a disproportionately large share of the nation’s renters. And New York City will receive only 19 percent of that $1.3 billion, despite having 63 percent of the state’s renters, according to an analysis by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development.Democrats, who now control both houses of Congress, have pledged to send additional direct payments to low-income households, in addition to providing federal funding for state-administered rent relief, as part of a $1.9 trillion relief package.Contact Georgia Kromrei Email Address* Multifamily Marketrental apartmentsRental Market
More than 150 teens from U.S. military families will gather in the north Georgia mountains this July for a week of summer camp at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Ga.The event, set for July 10-15, will be hosted by Georgia 4-H and Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base. “Georgia 4-H offers summer camps and weekend family camps for Georgia military families,” said Casey Mull, Georgia 4-H military program liaison. “To my knowledge, this will be the first camp that brings together reserve-component military teens from all branches of service and from all states across the nation.”4-H has offered camps for military kids for seven years, but this is the first that focuses on building leadership skills among reserve-component teens from a national audience.Barring any state or national disasters, National Guard and Reservists in the past have spent one weekend a month and two training weeks each summer away from their families. But, in recent years, that time away has gotten longer.”With Operation Enduring Freedom and the Overseas Contingency Operations, our country is relying more and more on guard members and reservists,” Mull said. “When a parent leaves for duty, it impacts the entire family. These summer camps are designed to help teens build their resiliency as well as inform themselves of programs available in their communities specifically for them.”This summer’s camp will help the students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities and learn ways to connect with other military teens, he said. Each day of camp will focus on a different branch of service: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.Like most summer camps, there will be traditional camping activities like hiking, rappelling, high-ropes challenges and white-water rafting.Each year, more than 700 military families and youth participate in Georgia 4-H camping programs specifically designed for military families.To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s military programs, visit www.georgia4h.org. For information on the national Extension-Military High Adventure Camp initiative, visit www.extension.purdue.edu/Adventure_camps.
Legionnaires’ Disease Closes Cortina InnThe Cortina Inn in Killington was closed late on Thursday, April 3 at the direction of the Vermont Department of Health. This came after laboratory tests of water samples taken on March 29 from several locations within the Inn confirmed the presence of the bacteria Legionella pneumophila in its water system.The Health Department was notified on March 28 about a case of Legionella pneumonia, known as Legionnaires disease. This was the third confirmed case over the past six months, but the first to be strongly linked to exposure at the Inn. Legionnaires disease is treatable with antibiotics, and all three people have since recovered.This is a problem that can be fixed. The Cortina Inn is working closely and cooperatively with the Health Department to take the actions needed to assure the safety of their guests and employees, said State Epidemiologist Cort Lohff, MD. The first step was closing the Inn for however long it takes to treat and disinfect the water system and put in place engineering and monitoring measures to prevent this from happening again.Employees and current guests were advised of the situation yesterday. The Health Department is also working with the Inn to notify any guests who have stayed there since mid-March.People can develop Legionnaires disease after they breathe in aerosolized water containing the Legionella bacteria sprayed through faucets, showers, whirlpool spas, pools, cooling towers, etc. Most people who are exposed to the the bacteria will not develop illness.Legionnaires disease is not spread from person to person, and you cant get it by drinking coffee, driving by or simply walking through a building, said Dr. Lohff. For people who are directly exposed, those most likely to develop serious illness are the elderly, smokers, people with chronic lung disease or compromised immune systems.The disease has two distinct forms: Legionnaires disease, the more severe form of infection, which includes pneumonia and Pontiac fever, a milder illness.An estimated 8,000 to 18,000 people get Legionnaires disease in the United States each year. Symptoms usually include fever, chills, and a cough. Some patients also have muscle aches, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite and, occasionally, diarrhea. Chest X-rays often show pneumonia but specific tests are needed to diagnose legionella pneumonia.