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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) wants to know how satisfied customers are with the services it provides. The transit authority is inviting community groups to take its eighth, annual online Customer Satisfaction Survey available on the RIPTA website through Sunday, April 15, 2020.
I urge you to visit RIPTA’s website www.ripta.com and click on the Survey Link or you can find the survey directly at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RIPTAABBG.
For the Spanish version, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RIPTA-Esp.
Courtesy of RIPTA
The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP's most prestigious and visible volunteer award. It recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and that inspire others to volunteer. Only one Rhode Island volunteer (or couple performing service together) can receive the Award.
Nominations are now being accepted. The deadline is August 14, 2020.
Here is a link to the AARP Rhode Island web page that contains a link to the eligibility guidelines and the online nomination form:
Courtesy of AARP
The 2020 Criteria Aims for Climate-Resilient, Zero-Emission,
Healthy Affordable Homes
Today we’re pleased to launch the 2020 Green Communities Criteria – building on Enterprise’s enduring commitment to creating healthy, efficient and environmentally responsible affordable homes.
The updated Criteria – first introduced 15 years ago – includes several new and exciting components, including the Path to Zero – a groundbreaking emissions-elimination strategy for multifamily housing across the United States. Because the challenges of our new climate are many, the 2020 Criteria also features provisions to help protect vulnerable communities before, during and after natural disasters.
Courtesy of Enterprise
Access to housing is “essential,” Ruggerio said. “The Senate will work to ensure adequate funding for affordable housing, and to remove barriers to housing development at all levels.”
Raimondo said the vigil focuses priorities in the right place, and one of hers is “making sure everybody has affordable housing, a safe warm place to lie their head on a pillow at night and not be going to school after sleeping in a car the night before.”
To view the complete article, visit Providence Journal
Courtesy of Providence Journal
NEWS, RESEARCH AND POLICY UPDATES ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
JANUARY 22, 2020
For inquiries, please reach out to Today in Housing Managing Editor Ahmad Abu-Khalaf, senior research analyst at Enterprise.
Enterprise Community Partners today launched the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (Criteria), which set the standard for green affordable housing construction nationwide. The Criteria, first launched in 2005 in consultation with leading environmental, public health and green building experts, were the first national green building guidelines specifically for affordable housing. For the first time, the Criteria will offer two levels of certification; Enterprise Green Communities Certification Plus will recognize the most exemplary green developments making the greatest strides along the “Path to Zero.” In addition to the Path to Zero, other major updates to the 2020 Criteria include new Project Priorities Survey to shape project goals with resident input, new approach to healthy and environmentally friendly building materials and amplified approach to stormwater management. Enterprise Green Communities is one of several initiatives under Building Resilient Futures, Enterprise’s core strategy working to expand climate resilience nationwide. Learn more about the 2020 Criteria on the Enterprise website.
The Boston University Initiative on Cities has released its 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors, which explores the views of 119 sitting mayors on issues ranging from infrastructure to climate change. The survey findings show that 30 percent of interviewed mayors cited infrastructure as the issue they would like addressed in the upcoming presidential election, followed by housing affordability (15 percent) and climate change (11 percent). Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of mayors see affordable housing as part of the city’s infrastructure and 27 percent of mayors believe that high housing costs are one of the top two obstacles to achieving social mobility for residents. While mayors want to increase the amount of housing in their cities, their desired increases are relatively modest – half of the mayors indicate that they want less than a 10 percent increase in the number of housing units in their cities over the next 10 years.
BankNewport is pleased to announce that it has been honored with a 2020 Common Good Award, presented by Rhode Island Monthly magazine and the Rhode Island Foundation.
Common Good Awards recognize Rhode Island businesses of all sizes that inspire philanthropy in their employees around the state, not by writing a check to a worthy cause, but by encouraging staff to go into the community and help.
BankNewport was recognized for its community outreach efforts that were part of the bank’s 200th anniversary celebration in 2019, including community events, programming, random acts of kindness and pay-it-forward gestures by employees. Through the bank’s financial education program, employees took their expertise to classrooms and communities to help young people and families strengthen their skills in managing money and planning for the future. Through the Kind Hearts, Warm Soles sock drive, bank staff collected adult and kids socks and delivered them to homeless shelters around the state.
To view the complete article, visit Johnston Sunrise
Courtesy of Johnston Sunrise
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