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City of Miami Department of Community Development Seeks Eligible Applicants for its Housing & Commercial Loan Committee (HCLC)
(Posted 09/27/2010)

The City of Miami is seeking applications from persons interested in serving as voting members of the Housing and Commercial Loan Committee (HCLC). Established by City Resolution, the HCLC serves as the City of Miami’s affordable housing advisory committee and was granted the authority to approve or disapprove loan applications for funding of affordable housing projects and commercial projects, and related transactions. Its thirteen (13) members act without compensation and have a professional knowledge of housing-related matters.

The City is seeking individuals with qualifications in one of the following capacities: actively engaged in the residential home building industry; actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry; a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building; actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons; actively engaged as a for-profit housing provider; actively engaged as a not-for-profit housing provider; actively engaged as a real estate professional; a resident of the City of Miami; a person who represents employers within the City of Miami; a person who works in the following trades/industries within the City of Miami – education, health care, law enforcement, fire safety/emergency, and criminal justice system. Preference is given to those candidates who have direct affordable housing experience. All HCLC members should be active residents of the City of Miami, own real property within the City of Miami, and/or work or maintain business within City of Miami limits.

A person is not eligible to serve on the HCLC if that person owns financial interest, is employed by, or is an officer of, any entity that receives or intends to receive funding from the City of Miami.

Application


Public Hearings for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 this October
(Posted 09/21/2010)

The public hearings related to federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 (which runs from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012) will be held this October. All interested members of the public are invited to attend these hearings to voice their concerns and opinions concerning the implementation of these federal funds within each of the City’s five Districts to assist low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Miami. Click here for the full schedule including dates, times, and locations.


City Receives NSP 3 Funding
(Posted 09/09/2010)

The City of Miami was informed earlier this month that it will receive approximately $4.5 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 3 funds. These funds are provided under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act  to communities hit hard by the nation’s foreclosure crisis and are intended to provide targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire, redevelop or demolish foreclosed properties. The City of Miami will implement NSP 3 monies to further stabilize the neighborhoods hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis via the rehabilitation of abandoned properties, demolition of derelict properties, and other efforts so as to reduce blight and bolster neighboring home values. The City of Miami also received approximately $12.06 million in NSP 1 funding.

 

New Substantial Amendment to FY2008-09 Action Plan (2008.3) related to the Use of NSP Funds will be presented to City Commission for Approval on July 8th, 2010
(Posted 06/22/2010)

On July 30, 2008, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was signed into law to address the nation’s severe housing crisis. Title III of the Act appropriates $3.92 billion of grant funds under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) for states and local governments to purchase and redevelop abandoned or foreclosed properties.

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 directed the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to target funding to areas with the greatest needs based on the extent of foreclosures, subprime mortgages, and mortgage delinquencies and defaults. As part of the NSP allocations made to governments throughout the State of Florida, the City of Miami was awarded approximately $12.06 million. All grantees were required to file a Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan with HUD indicating how they planned to use their NSP funding to stabilize their community’s hardest hit neighborhoods, based on the guidelines established for the program.  The City of Miami’s currently approved Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan was updated on December 17, 2009, and April 8, 2010.   To see the final version of the proposed Substantial Amendment to be approved by City Commission on July 8th, 2010, please click here. 

All activities funded by NSP must benefit low- and moderate-income persons whose income does not exceed 120% of area median income.  Please click here, to see a breakdown of 120% area median income for the City of Miami, based on the household size.

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Public hearing to receive citizen input on the City’s Five-Year Public Housing Agency (“PHA”) plan for FY2010-2014 and on the Annual PHA Plan for FY2010-2011
(Posted 05/20/2010)

The City of Miami Department of Community Development will conduct a public hearing to receive citizen input on the City’s Five-Year Public Housing Agency (“PHA”) plan for FY2010-2014 and on the Annual PHA Plan for FY2010-2011 (“Plans”). These Plans describe the PHA’s mission and its long-term goals and objectives in addition to the PHA’s approach to managing the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs. The Plans will be presented to City commission for approval on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (Public Hearing). The meeting site is accessible to the handicapped. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Department of Community Development at 305-416-2080, no later than three (3) business days prior to the public hearing.

Draft copies of the Plans will be available for public comment and review for a period of no less than 45 days and may be obtained from the Department of Community Development at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami, Fl. 33130 or  Click Here.

The review and comment period commences on Thursday, May 20, 2010, and ends on July 6, 2010. All comments must be submitted, in writing, to the Department of Community Development at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami, FL. 33130; Attn.: Roberto Tazoe and must be received no later than July 6, 2010.


Note: Discussion and proposed resolution approving the 5-Year PHA Plan and the Annual PHA Plan was incorrectly advertised for t
he June 17th Commission meeting. These plans will be presented for approval on July 8th, 2010.   

Neighborhood Stabilization Program NSP for
Multi-family Developers has Closed
.
(Posted 04/14/2010)

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program’s Re-opened Request for Proposals (RFP) for Multi-Family Developer Applicants closed on April 9, 2010.

Housing Assistance Network for Dade (HAND) Program Has Funds Available for Low- Income Persons.
(Posted 04/13/2010)

The City of Miami has funding available now for low-income persons* (50% area median income or below) via the HAND (Housing Assistance Network of Dade) program who are currently homeless, as proven by referral from outreach team or homeless program, or at risk of becoming homeless, proven via a court filed eviction notice from a unit located within City of Miami boundaries. The funding provides provide temporary rental and/or utility assistance to eligible individuals/families so that they can be re-housed and stabilized within the City of Miami. Payments will not be made directly to households, but only to third parties, such as landlords or utility companies. This program is made possible via funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Those interested in applying must call 1-877-994-4357 for referral to the nearest service center, if eligible. Please see the flyers for additional details, requirements, and the maximum incomes allowable for the program.

English Flyer
Spanish Flyer
Creole Flyer

Community Development to Issued Request for Proposals for FY2010-2011.

The City of Miami Department of Community Development issued Requests for Proposals (RFP) for Public Service/Economic Development Activities and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Activities for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 (36th Year) on Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 12 noon. The proposals' submission date was Monday, April 5, 2010 by 3 p.m.

Proposal preparation workshops were held as follows:

Public Service/Economic Development Activities (CDBG):

Monday, March 8, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Simpson Park, 55 SW 17 Rd. 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Grapeland Park, 1550 NW 37 Ave.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 1:30-4 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59 Terrace

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA):

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 1:30-4 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59 Terrace


City of Miami Department of Community Development Seeks Eligible Applicants for its Housing & Commercial Loan Committee (HCLC)
(Posted 02/01/2010)

The City of Miami is seeking applications from persons interested in serving as voting members of the Housing and Commercial Loan Committee (HCLC). Established by City Resolution, the HCLC serves as the City of Miami’s affordable housing advisory committee and was granted the authority to approve or disapprove loan applications for funding of affordable housing projects and commercial projects, and related transactions. Its thirteen (13) members act without compensation and have a professional knowledge of housing-related matters.

The City is seeking individuals with qualifications in one of the following capacities: actively engaged in the residential home building industry; actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry; a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building; actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons; actively engaged as a for-profit housing provider; actively engaged as a not-for-profit housing provider; actively engaged as a real estate professional; a resident of the City of Miami; a person who represents employers within the City of Miami; a person who works in the following trades/industries within the City of Miami – education, health care, law enforcement, fire safety/emergency, and criminal justice system. Preference is given to those candidates who have direct affordable housing experience. All HCLC members should be active residents of the City of Miami, own real property within the City of Miami, and/or work or maintain business within City of Miami limits.

A person is not eligible to serve on the HCLC if that person owns financial interest, is employed by, or is an officer of, any entity that receives or intends to receive funding from the City of Miami.

Application

Community Development to Provide Home Repair Loans to Eligible Homeowners in the City of Miami
(Posted 01/28/2010)

Community Development will make applications for its Single Family Rehabilitation Program available starting Friday, February 12, 2010. The program offers loans of up to $35,000, to qualifying low-income homeowners within City limits seeking to repair their properties. Applications will be available starting Friday, February 12, 2010, at the Department of Community Development, located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor; at any of the City of Miami Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) offices; or via Internet at www.miamigov.com/communitydevelopment/pages/ApplicationsForms/.

Community Development to Issue Request for Proposals on March 2, 2010
(Posted 01/28/2010)

The City of Miami Department of Community Development will be issuing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 (36th Year) on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, for non-profit agencies seeking federal funding in the categories of Public Service/Economic Development/ESG Activities and/or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

RFP Flyer

Updates Have Been Made to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program NSP for Multi-family Developers RFP
(Posted 01/26/2010)

The New Areas of Greatest Needs have been updated and are available, please Click here to access the new information.

New Substantial Amendment to FY2008-09 Action Plan (2008.2) related to the Use of NSP Funds will be presented to City Commission for Approval on April 8th, 2010
(Posted 01/26/2010)

On July 30, 2008, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was signed into law to address the nation’s severe housing crisis. Title III of the Act appropriates $3.92 billion of grant funds under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) for states and local governments to purchase and redevelop abandoned or foreclosed properties.

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 directed the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to target funding to areas with the greatest needs based on the extent of foreclosures, subprime mortgages, and mortgage delinquencies and defaults. As part of the NSP allocations made to governments throughout the State of Florida, the City of Miami was awarded approximately $12.06 million. All grantees were required to file a Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan with HUD indicating how they planned to use their NSP funding to stabilize their community’s hardest hit neighborhoods, based on the guidelines established for the program.  The City of Miami’s currently approved Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan was updated on December 17, 2009.   To see the final version of the proposed Substantial Amendment to be approved by City Commission on April 8th, 2010, please click here. 

All activities funded by NSP must benefit low- and moderate-income persons whose income does not exceed 120% of area median income.  Please click here, to see a breakdown of 120% area median income for the City of Miami, based on the household size.

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District Public Hearings Conducted by City of Miami Commission to Discuss District Priorities for the 2010-2011 Annual Action Plan.
(Posted 1/11/2010)

City of Miami residents are encouraged to participate in District Public Hearings to be held by the City of Miami Commissioner representing each District. The purpose of the Public Hearings is to discuss community needs and the distribution of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Funds for the fiscal year of 2010-2011, which runs from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. These public hearings are designed to identify the needs of residents and establish priorities for federally funded activities. The dates, times and locations of these public hearings are as follows:

District 1:      Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6 p.m.
                       Allapattah Community Action, Inc. 
                       2257 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33125


District 2:      
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff        
                       Monday, January 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

                      
Miami City Hall, Commission Chambers
                       3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133                                   


District 3:     
Commissioner Frank Carollo       
                      Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
                      Jose Marti Park Gymnasium, Second Floor
                      434 SW 3 Ave., Miami, FL 33130

District 4:     Commissioner Francis Suarez     
                      Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 6 p.m.
                      Our Lady of Lebanon Church
                      2055 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33128

 District 5:     Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6 p.m.
                      Little Haiti Cultural Complex
                      260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

 HOPWA:        Central Dade
                       Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 5 p.m.
                       The Joseph Caleb Center – Room 110
                       5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142

 HOPWA:       South Dade
                      Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 5 p.m.

                      Florida City Neighborhood Center
                      1600 NW 6th Court, Florida City, FL 33034

Interested individuals are encouraged to attend these Public Hearings where comments from the public will be heard and recorded. The meeting sites are accessible to the handicapped. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Department of Community Development at (305) 416-2080 no less than three (3) business days prior to the Public Hearing date. For more information about the hearings contact Robert Tazoe at (305) 416-1984.

Substantial Amendment to FY2008-09 Action Plan Related to Use of NSP Funds
(Posted 11/23/2009)

Federal regulations governing the City of Miami 2004-2009 Consolidated Plan require that citizens be provided reasonable notice of and an opportunity to comment on any substantial amendment to the plan per 24CFR 91.105/115. The City of Miami was awarded $12,063,702, as a result of the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA), and proposes the following amendments to the FY-2008-2009 Action Plan in relation to NSP activities to be undertaken to benefit low-, moderate- and middle income residents.

Activity/ Strategy

1.   Expansion of Areas of Greatest Need (“AGN”);

2.   Change in dollar and unit allocations as follows: (i) Reduce Strategy C to $851,000 (ii) Increase Strategy B to $5,500,000;

3.    Allowing the provision of pass-through financing to the homebuyers under Strategy B;

4.   Changing of the foreclosed property purchase price from a mandatory discount of at least 15% of appraised “as is” value to a mandatory discount purchase price of at least 1% of appraised “as is” value.

Copies of the NSP Substantial Amendment to the FY-2008-2009 Action Plan are currently available for review at the Department of Community Development, 444 SW 2 Avenue, 2 Floor, Miami, FL  33130.  The review and comment period commences on November 17, 2009 and ends on December 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM. Comments must be submitted in writing to: 444 SW 2 Avenue, 2 Floor, Miami, FL 33130 Attn. Roberto Tazoe and must be received no later than December 16, 2009.

NSP Substantial Amendment (English) 
       

Neighborhood Stabilization Program NSP for
Multi-family Developers Reopens
(Posted 10/05/2009)

The NSP Miami program has reopened its Request for Proposals (RFP) for multi-family developer applicants. This RFP does incorporate several modifications in comparison to the previously issued NSP Multi-family RFP. As such, all applicants are encouraged to read through this new RFP in its entirety. This RFP is for the implementation of a program to acquire, rehabilitate, own, and manage foreclosed multi-family rental properties, to be utilized as affordable rental housing, benefitting families making less than 50% for the Area Median Income (AMI), as adjusted for family size.  Properties under the RFP must be located in the City of Miami’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program’s Areas of Greatest Need (AGN). Please see the complete RFP for all details and requirements. Click here for the full RFP. For any questions concerning the RFP, please e-mail nspmultifamily@miamigov.com.  This is an open-ended application period, and funds (up to $40,000 per unit) will be allocated on a first-come, first-ready, first-served basis, until all funds available for the implementation of the program are expended. As of October 5, 2009, the total amount of funds available towards this RFP is $2,720,000.

 

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Homebuyer Applications Available October 1, 2009
(Posted 10/01/2009)

The NSP homebuyer program provides up to $70,000 in assistance to income-eligible persons towards the purchase of a foreclosed and vacant home as their primary residence within specific areas identified as the Areas of Greatest Need (AGN) in the City of Miami. Please see maps for those areas. Applications and guidelines for the NSP homebuyer program will be available on-line starting October 1, 2009. Applicants must work with their lender to submit all documents required by the City as part of the application package. The City will process applications on a first-come, first-ready, first-served basis. For a full list of requirements, please see the guidelines. For additional information, please call 311 or 305-416-2599.

Revolving Loan Pilot Program for Economic Development is now available to eligible, for-profit businesses in District 1, 3 or District 4.
(Posted 07/23/2009)

The program provides eligible businesses with up to $10,000 in assistance if they create and/or retain one full-time, permanent position for a low- to moderate-income* person.

Monies are awarded as a loan, with 0% interest and the full assistance amount is forgivable if the job position is created and/or retained. Eligible uses of the funds include: purchase and installation of machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures; technology infrastructure; renovation, improvement and expansion including leasehold improvements; inventory; construction (renovation, improvement, expansion), in compliance with Davis Bacon Wage Rates.

This program is federally funded and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-ready, first-served basis, while funding is available. For additional information on this program, please see the complete application or call 305-416-2080. 

Click here for Application

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2)
(Posted 07/03/2009)

Federal regulations governing the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 require that citizens be provided reasonable notice of and opportunity to comment on the proposed uses of NSP2 funding.  The City of Miami is requesting $38,500,000 of funds to be allocated under ARRA through a competitive bid, and proposes the following NSP2 activities to be undertaken to benefit low- moderate- and middle- income residents throughout neighborhoods in the City of Miami.

Activity/ Strategy

Estimated Amount

Estimated Units

A.  Establish financing mechanisms for purchase & redevelopment of foreclosed upon homes and residential properties.

1.     Equity sharing program

2.     Down payment assistance program

$9,500,000

135

B.  Purchase and rehabilitate homes and residential properties that have been abandoned or foreclosed upon, in order to sell, rent, or redevelop such homes and properties

$12,000,000

240

C.  Establish land banks for homes that have been foreclosed upon

$2,500,000

33

D.  Demolish blighted structures.

$2,000,000

Included under C

E.  Redevelopment of demolished or vacant properties

$9,000,000

65

F.  Planning and Administration

$3,500,000

-

Copies of the NSP2 application elements are currently available for review Click here for NSP2 Draft Application  Maps of NSP2 Areas or you can pick up a copy from the Department of Community Development, 444 SW 2 Avenue, 2 Floor, Miami, FL  33130. The review and comment period commences on July 4, 2009 and ends on July 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM. Comments must be submitted either by e-mail to NSP2@miamigov.com or  in writing to: 444 SW 2 Avenue, 2 Floor, Miami, FL 33130 Attn. Ann Kashmer and must be received no later than July, 12, 2009

Final NSP2 Application
Comments and Responses  

CDBG-R Substantial Amendment to 2008 Action Plan
(Posted 05/19/2009)

The City of Miami was awarded $2,218,946 in Community Development Block Grant – Recovery Act (CDBG-R) funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of the CDBG-R is to stimulate the economy through measures that modernize the Nation’s infrastructure and improve energy efficiency among other things. The City is required to submit a substantial amendment to its 2008 Action Plan by June 5, 2009.

Interested individuals are invited to review the City’s CDBG-R draft of the substantial amendment to the 2008 Action Plan and provide written comments in relation to this draft. The review period will be from May 20, 2009, through May 27, 2009.   All public comments must be submitted in writing, during the 7-day comment period, and directed to the Department of Community Development, Attention: Roberto Tazoe, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33130.  In addition, citizens wishing to provide public input are invited to attend the City Commission session on May 28, 2009 where the City Commission will be voting on the approval of the substantial amendment.

CDBG-R
Amendment to Action Plan.
You may also pick up a copy of this amendment at

444 SW 2 Avenue
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33130

HPRP Substantial Amendment to 2008 Action Plan
(Posted 04/29/2009)

The City of Miami was awarded $3,392,918, as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (“HPRP”). The purpose of the HPRP is to provide homelessness prevention assistance to individuals and households who would otherwise become homeless and to provide assistance to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless as defined by section 103 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302). The program aims to assist extremely and very low income persons (earning 50% or less of the Area Median Income). The City of Miami is required to submit a substantial amendment to its 2008 Action Plan.

Interested individuals are invited to review the City’s HPRP draft of the substantial amendment to the 2008 Action Plan and provide written comments in relation to this draft. The review period will be from April 29, 2009, through May 13, 2009. Click Here for Amendment to Action Plan All public comments must be submitted in writing, during the 15-day comment period, and directed to the Department of Community Development, Attention: Roberto Tazoe, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33130.

In addition, a public hearing will be held Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, Commission Chambers, 3500 Pan American Drive, for all persons interested in providing verbal comments in relation to the City of Miami’s proposed uses of HPRP funds.  The meeting site is accessible to the handicapped. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Dept. of Community Development at (305) 416-2080 no less than two (2) business days prior to the Public Hearing date.

Applications Available for Foreclosure Prevention Program
(Posted 02/13/2009)

The City of Miami’s Foreclosure Prevention Program provides assistance of up to $7,500 to low-income homeowners within City limits who are facing foreclosure. Applications for the program will be available starting Friday, February 13, 2009, and will be accepted starting Monday, March 16, 2009. Applications will be available online or at the Department of Community Development, 444 SW 2nd Ave., 2nd Floor, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications must be submitted to: Foreclosure Prevention Program, Dept. of Community Development, 444 SW 2nd Ave., 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33130.  All applicants will be required to undergo foreclosure counseling. Please read application in its entirety for complete guidelines and eligibility requirements. Applications will be funded on a first ready, first served basis, subject to the availability of funds.

Application: English   Spanish

About Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Funds
(Posted 12/2/2008)

The City of Miami was awarded $12,063,702 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars to implement the federal government’s new Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), authorized under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The NSP was created to provide emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within the community. The NSP is providing grant dollars to municipalities, including the City of Miami, to purchase foreclosed upon or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, redevelop and resell these in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of neighboring home values. 

Proposed
    NSP Substantial Amendment (English) 
    Spanish Version
    Creole Version

   
    NSP Application (SF 424) and Certifications 

Finalized
    NSP Substantial Amendment (English) 

 

 

 


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