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Around Town: June 22, 2009

It’s been a busy Monday for members of the President’s Cabinet, with members traveling across the country to kick off United We Serve. Here are some highlights of what the Departments did today – check back in a couple days for a full multimedia profile:
  • U.S. Trade Representative Kirk fed the homeless at The Stewpot Second Chance Cafe in Dallas.
  • Secretary of the Interior Salazar traveled today to Shenandoah National Park where he joined volunteer groups to help remove exotic plants that are harmful to the natural environment.
  • Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan was in New Orleans today to help volunteers rebuild a home that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Commerce Secretary Locke went to the La Mesita Homeless Shelter for Families in Arizona to read to children and serve lunch.
  • Secretary of Defense Gates visited our veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center.
  • Ambassador Kirk fed the homeless at The Stewpot Second Chance Cafe in Dallas.
  • The Treasury Department announced $268 million in Recovery Act funds to develop affordable housing units in Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. for families that have been affected by the housing crisis.
  • HUD is joining the USDA to utilize their cutting edge geospatial project. HUD will upload Recovery Act data into the USDA’s web tool to allow Americans to see exactly where HUD is spending money allocated by the Recovery Act.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services announced a funding opportunity which aims to create Aging and Disability Resource Centers in every state. These will serve as a "one-stop-shop" for information, counseling, and access to programs and services that can enable people with disabilities to remain in their own homes.