Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Stewart B. McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Th Steward B. McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistant Act is a public law that authorizes use of unutilized and underutilized public building and real property to assist the homeless and to make surplus personal property available to nonprofit agencies. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers five individual homeless assistance programs in accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (Public Law 100-77) (42 USC 11411 and 11412). The features of Title V program are outlined below.
Title V -- Surplus Federal Property for Use to Assist the Homeless
This program seeks to identify suitable federal properties categorized as unutilized, under-utilized, excess, or surplus, and to make these properties available to states, units of local government, and nonprofit organizations for use to assist homeless individuals.
The Title V Program provides nonprofit organizations, states and local governments the opportunity to assist the homeless through the use of unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus Federal real properties. If determined (by HUD) to be "suitable," these properties may be used as a facility to assist homeless persons.
HUD makes the suitability determination HUD publishes a weekly (every Friday) notice in the Federal Register listing the real property, whether HUD has found it suitable to assist the homeless, and whether it is available for such use. Program regulations are at 24 CFR 581. Depending on the availability of the property, and subject to HHS approval, the nonprofit organization may receive a deed or lease of the property.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) handles applicants
Applicant means any representative of the homeless and the application portion of the program.
Interested providers should notify HHS of their intention to apply for a property within 60 days of the Federal Register notice, but they can apply later if the property is still available.
Applicants have 90 days after an expression of interest is received by HHS to submit an application. Once an application is complete, HHS acts on it within 25 days.
The property is subject to a reversion, or in the case of a leasehold interest, termination, if the property ceases to be used to assist the homeless.
The "McKinney Clearance Checklist" (also called "Title V Property Survey / Federal Property Information Checklist") can be downloaded here.
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Be sure to submit the completed checklist to:
Office of Acquisition and Property Management, Attn: Michael Wright Department of the Interior, MIB, MS-2607 1849 C. Street, NW Washington, DC 20240