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By Margo Sullivan, Patch Staff | Mar 24, 2018 7:12 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2018 7:26 pm ET
PORTSMOUTH, RI—Newport County is the priciest places to live in Rhode Island, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The organization recently released its 2018 family budget calculator that estimates how costly it is to live in each of America's 3,142 counties and 611 metro areas.
The group estimates a family of two adults and two children in Portsmouth would need to earn a combined $92,949 per year — or $7,746 a month — to live comfortably.
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NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is receiving a grant of $258,000.
By News Desk, News Partner | Apr 18, 2018 3:26 pm ET
From the Office of U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline:
U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) announced that Rhode Island community organizations are receiving nearly $450,000 through NeighborWorks America to support affordable housing and revitalizing local communities. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is receiving a grant of $258,000, while the West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. is receiving $188,000 in new funds.
"Quality affordable housing is the bedrock of the middle class, and this investment will give more Rhode Island families the opportunity to find a new home," said Cicilline who advocated for a $35 million increase in annual federal support for NeighborWorks America. "Benefitting families in West Elmwood and across the Blackstone Valley, these resources will open the door to a new life for so many Rhode Islanders. It's vital that we continue to ramp up support for effective programs like these that have a proven record of delivering results for Rhode Island."
"Too many families lack access to the safe and affordable housing that is vital for financial stability and economic security," said Langevin. "I am pleased this grant funding will provide needed investments to revitalize our neighborhoods and help Rhode Island families find a place to call home. Woonsocket and Providence will use these additional resources to fund community development and support counselling services for families in need."
To view the complete article, visit Woonsocket Patch
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December 20, 2018
What does it cost to live and raise a family in Rhode Island and how do work supports help families meet basic needs?
Rhode Island is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Our culinary and arts communities, scenic beaches and other recreational opportunities offer much about which to be proud. But not all Rhode Islanders are able to enjoy these pleasures and instead struggle just to feed and clothe their children and keep a roof over their heads. Many Rhode Islanders work at jobs that pay wages that are too low to meet basic living costs. Fortunately, work support programs can help close the gap between earnings and expenses.
The Economic Progress Institute publishes the Rhode Island Standard of Need (RISN) to answer two fundamental questions:
The RISN calculates a household budget for families with two young children, and for single adults. The no-frills budget includes the costs of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care and other necessities including clothing, toiletries and telephone service. The RISN also demonstrates how work supports like food assistance, tax credits, and child care and health care subsidies help close the gap between income and basic need expenses. By taking all of these factors into account, the RISN provides a more realistic measure of the economic security of Rhode Islanders than the federal poverty level.
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By: KENDRA GRAVELLE | Feb. 16, 2018
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—The town council voted during its meeting Monday to use a portion of the money in its affordable housing trust fund for consulting services to make amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance to better address the need for affordable housing.
The town council voted as part of its capital improvement plan last year to allocate $100,000 to an affordable housing trust fund to be used partially to “permit the engagement of consulting services to conduct a comprehensive analysis of affordable housing needs in the community,” in order to “outline potential policy and programmatic directions to consider that may better align our efforts concerning affordable housing in South Kingstown.”
But after a request for proposals (RFP) sent out last fall yielded no responses, Barbara Fields, executive director of Rhode Island Housing, visited the town to discuss the need for an additional housing supply to meet an imminent demand.
To view the complete article, visit The Narragansett Times
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Bill Bentley is helping people, and he is helping the town.
The administrator the Spencer Trust has, for the last seven months, been helping people locate the services and finances to improve their lives. For some people, it’s a no-interest loan for home improvements. For others, it’s a grant to build a new walkway in their yard.
Mr. Bentley has also accessed some of the $400,000 allocated from the Spencer Trust account to the town’s housing board. The money is dedicated to creating more affordable houses in Barrington through a renovation program – the town will help improve a resident’s home in exchange for the resident deed-restricting the property “affordable.”
“They like the idea – they almost feel like they’re contributing to the town, because “I’m making my house affordable so someone else can live in town,’” said Mr. Bentley. “It’s very interesting to see that loyalty to the town.”
To view the complete article, visit Barrington Times
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For immediate release: September 18, 2018
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Campaign calls on state leaders to invest in more affordable housing funding stream
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 18, 2018) – The “Homes RI” campaign was launched today to shine a spotlight on the increased need for Rhode Island to invest in building more affordable homes in cities and towns across the state, and to call on elected officials to pledge their support for more affordable homes.
Home buyers and renters, including low- and middle-income Rhode Islanders, are facing a housing market that simply cannot meet their needs. Soaring costs for homeownership and rent has resulted in both buyers and renters struggling to find any homes that are affordable statewide.
According to HousingWorks RI, in addition to a lack of existing affordable homes, new inventory is not being built to meet the state’s needs. Just 1,226 building permits were issued in Rhode Island in 2016, with only 25% of those for multi-family units.
The “Homes RI” campaign is a joint effort of United Way of Rhode Island and housing and non-profit organizations, including: Housing Network of Rhode Island, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island, HousingWorks RI, Neighbors 4 Revitalization at the CYC, Rhode Island Community Action Association, R.I. Center for Justice, R.I. Homeless Advocacy Project, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition, and Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
“A safe and affordable home is one of the most basic needs we have, and it’s evident that too many Rhode Islanders are struggling to find one. So far in 2018, our 2-1-1 call center has received nearly 100,000 requests for housing-related help.” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island. “The demand for homes that are affordable in Rhode Island has never been more clear. We must take action.”
In 2016, the Question 7 ‘Housing Opportunity’ bond was passed by voters to provide $50 million for the construction and rehabilitation of more than 800 affordable homeownership and rental housing units across Rhode Island, and to help cities and towns revitalize blighted and foreclosed properties. The bond was estimated to create 1,700 good paying jobs for the state’s building and construction workers, to help local employers attract and retain a strong workforce, and to leverage $160 million in federal and private investment in local communities.
Even with this progress, Rhode Island falls short in comparison to its neighbors, with Massachusetts investing $100 per capita in affordable housing and Connecticut investing $85 per capital in FY2017. Without a consistent funding stream, Rhode Island only invests $5 per capita toward housing. The Homes RI campaign urges greater investment in housing at the state level — an investment that is urgent for Rhode Island families and for a healthy economy.
“Housing that is affordable and safe is critical for all Rhode Islanders. Without it, our children’s education, our seniors’ health, and maintaining our workforce are all at risk,” said Brenda Clement, Director of HousingWorks RI. “The path to economic opportunity begins at your front door.”
The Homes RI campaign will highlight case studies of affordable housing in communities across the state, and will work to build support for greater investment in housing.
For more information on the ‘Homes RI’ campaign, visit www.homesri.org
Published: January 7, 2018, 2:04 pm Updated: January 8, 2018, 7:31 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Blankets collected at the coldest football game ever played in Foxboro are now in the hands of some of Rhode Island’s neediest people.
Sunday morning, representatives from the New England Patriots were at Crossroads in Providence dropping off some of the 1,200 blankets that were collected at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Eve. Half the blankets were given to a homeless shelter in Boston, while the other 600 were set to be distributed to other shelters throughout New England.
Crossroads is Rhode Island’s largest homeless services organization and their Providence shetler serves more than 3,000 people a year. Given the recent spell of dangerously cold temperatures, the shelter has been extremely busy.
To view the complete article, visit WPRI 12
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