Zen Health and Wellness Center

Zen Health and Wellness Center in Provo provides many classes, including yoga.

Zen Healing and Wellness Center opens in Mayor’s Mansion

Patrons of the new Zen: The Healing and Wellness Center in Provo will enjoy a bit of history as they heal. The center will hold its grand opening from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the first Mayor’s Mansion, 209 North 400 West, Provo.

The Center offers classes in yoga, essential oils, emotional release, other esthetic services and massage therapy.

“We feel honored to be bringing the city of Provo its own exclusive Healing and Wellness Center. With being in the historical Joseph Frisbee home — the first Mayor of Provo — it makes it that much more special and meaningful,” said Merilee Mason, owner and CEO.

Mason said any interested residents are welcome to attend the event, which will include wellness services and activities.

“We would love for the people of Provo City to be able to see what is happening in this great community,” Mason said.

Transworld Business Advisors opens in Lehi

Arthur Warsoff opened Transworld Business Advisors of Utah County in Lehi, bringing together aspiring entrepreneurs and owners looking to sell their business. Warsoff provides business brokerage services that have earned Transworld a nationwide reputation of excellence, appearing on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 ranking for five consecutive years.

Prior to opening his Transworld Business Advisors, Warsoff worked for American Express in a number of positions for over 25 years.

“My clients range from aspiring entrepreneurs to business owners seeking retirement or the next challenge in life,” said Warsoff. “It’s my responsibility to match up experience, knowledge and desire with the right opportunity whether that’s an existing business or a franchise opportunity. On the other side of the equation, I work with business owners who may be ready for the next phase of their lives, such as retirement, building something new or simply capitalizing on the value they have built into their businesses.”

HUD allocates over $4.1 million to Utah Native American communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced $4,158,643 in grant allocations to five Native American tribes in Utah. Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) allocations are distributed each year to eligible Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities.

IHBG funds benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other American Indian and Alaska Native communities. 

“Every family, every community in America, deserves the chance to flourish,” said Julián Castro, HUD secretary. “Tribes use this funding to build new homes, or to solve their most pressing housing issues. Our partnerships with tribal communities and leaders are critical today to help ensure better housing, neighborhoods and economic opportunities for tomorrow.”

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program of the 1937 Housing Act, housing services to eligible families and individuals, housing management services, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems. The block grant approach to housing was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

“The Indian Housing Block Grant program is the single, largest source of affordable housing assistance in Native American communities,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, HUD principal deputy assistant secretary. “Over the life of the program, recipients have been able to build or acquire almost 37,000 affordable homes and have rehabilitated more than 77,000 housing units.”

HUD’s proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Budget seeks $700 million for Native American Housing Block Grants, $50 million above the 2016 enacted level, to address severe overcrowding and substandard housing conditions in Indian Country. An additional $20 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant funding is being requested for projects to improve outcomes for Native youth, such as the construction or renovation of community centers, health clinics, transitional housing, pre-school/Head Start facilities and teacher housing.


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