US-China phase one trade deal won’t lead to ‘economic nirvana,’ Larry Summers says

CNBC | November 06, 2019

The so-called phase one trade deal that the U.S. and China are expected to sign won’t solve all the problems the global economy faces right now, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump said both countries were looking for a location to sign the partial deal — which according to Reuters, could take place this month. That development has fueled recent optimism in financial markets.

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The 2015-2019 City of Columbus, Ohio Consolidated Plan is the result of a collaborative process to identify housing and community development needs and to establish goals, priorities, and strategies to address those needs, especially for low and moderate income households. The process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to better focus funding from HUD formula block grant programs to meet local needs. The City of Columbus is an entitlement jurisdiction that receives federal funds from HUD to support local community development and affordable housing activities. The federal block grant programs that provide these resources include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Grant (HOPWA). As a condition of receiving these funds, the City of Columbus is required to submit a 5-Year Consolidated Plan, which outlines the city’s housing and community development needs and priorities, and the First Year Annual Action Plan (budget) that identifies how the city plans to allocate its HUD funding to address those priority needs. In turn, the Consolidated Plan serves as the document that guides the priorities and expenditure of CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA funds received by the city. Additional information on each of these programs is provided following the summary of the Consolidated Plan’s sections.

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The 2015-2019 City of Columbus, Ohio Consolidated Plan is the result of a collaborative process to identify housing and community development needs and to establish goals, priorities, and strategies to address those needs, especially for low and moderate income households. The process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to better focus funding from HUD formula block grant programs to meet local needs. The City of Columbus is an entitlement jurisdiction that receives federal funds from HUD to support local community development and affordable housing activities. The federal block grant programs that provide these resources include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Grant (HOPWA). As a condition of receiving these funds, the City of Columbus is required to submit a 5-Year Consolidated Plan, which outlines the city’s housing and community development needs and priorities, and the First Year Annual Action Plan (budget) that identifies how the city plans to allocate its HUD funding to address those priority needs. In turn, the Consolidated Plan serves as the document that guides the priorities and expenditure of CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA funds received by the city. Additional information on each of these programs is provided following the summary of the Consolidated Plan’s sections.

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