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Providence — The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) held a press event to celebrate its Jobs Plus Program (JPP) on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:30am. The event took place at 50 Laurel Hill Avenue.
The PHA is one of twenty four public housing authorities in the country selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in Jobs Plus - a federally-funded initiative to assist public housing residents entering the workforce. The PHA launched the Jobs Plus Providence (JPP) Program in April 2017 for the residents of Hartford Park and Manton Heights.
The site-based JPP Program aims to increase residents’ earned income through employment by effectively integrating JPP’s three main components: (1) Employment-related Services; (2) Financial Incentives (JP Earned Income Disregard); and (3) Community Supports for Work.
To view the complete article, visit The Providence American
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By Christine Dunn
Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than 200 residents of the Hartford Parks and Manton Heights public housing developments have enrolled in Jobs Plus, a grant-funded program run by the Providence Housing Authority.
Staffers from the PHA, local officials and partners, and Jobs Plus participants met Thursday morning to mark the progress of the program, which launched in April.
The PHA received a four-year, $2.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to run the Jobs Plus program. The PHA was one of 24 public housing authorities in the country selected for the competitive grant program.
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PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to provide essential housing and support for homeless veterans, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that the Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket, Tiverton, Bristol, and West Warwick Housing Authorities will receive a total of $152,775 in federal funding to assist homeless veterans through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. While the Providence and North Providence Housing Authorities have previously received HUD-VASH vouchers, the Pawtucket, Tiverton, Bristol and West Warwick Housing Authorities are all new recipients of the funding.
HUD-VASH is a collaborative program that combines HUD rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and supportive services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans accepted in the HUD-VASH program receive assistance in vouchers to rent privately-owned housing. The housing vouchers allow veterans and their families to live in market-rate rental units while the VA simultaneously provides them with case management and other services -- including health care, mental health treatment, employment assistance and substance-use counseling -- that help them stay housed.
To view the complete article, visit Providence American
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
Clients who are homeless or housing insecure can come, take a 15-minute shower and access any of the other services the staff provides, including basic medical care and case management, said Laura Jaworski, executive director of House of Hope.
People use the service to take a shower and get a haircut before a job interview, clean up after sleeping on the street or enjoy a much-needed moment of peace and privacy, she said.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Journal
By Christine Dunn
Journal Staff Writer
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at 12:41 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Standing outside in the cold drizzle Tuesday morning, Mayor Jorge Elorza announced new housing assistance for residents in the form of down-payment/closing-cost loans for home buyers, and loans for home repairs.
The city has made $200,000 available for down-payment help, which will be available starting Jan. 15, and another $200,000 for home repairs. Both programs are being financed through the city’s community development block grant money. The City Council is also considering adding another $200,000 to the home-repair loan program, for which funds are available now.
All the assistance is in the form of a zero-percent interest, deferred-payment loans for up to $25,000. Payment is due upon sale, change of primary residence, refinancing with cash out, debt consolidation or transfer of the property title.
Tuesday’s announcement was made in front of a home at 160 Langdon St., purchased last year for $130,000 by Magda Berroa with down-payment assistance from the city. Berroa is the mother of a son with special needs.
City Councilman Nicholas Narducci (Ward 4) said he lives about 10 houses down from Berroa’s home, and he remembers that the house was vacant for a long time, and had started to become a neighborhood trouble spot. Acting Council President Sabina Matos and Councilman David Salvatore were also at the announcement.
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Published/Posted By: The Providence American
Posted: April 22, 2018
PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Governor Gina M. Raimondo joined RIHousing in announcing a new $4.7 million federal grant that will help RIHousing create and preserve over 550 apartments and homes for families across the state and attract additional private investment to help create and support hundreds of jobs.
Senator Reed led the effort to create the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) in 2008 to support community development financial institutions and non-profit housing developers that increase investment in affordable housing and economic development activities or community service facilities, such as daycare centers or workforce development centers. Today, Reed commended the State and RIHousing for winning this highly competitive $4.7 million Capital Magnet Fund grant from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. RIHousing was one of 40 organizations and non-profit housing developers nationwide to be selected by Treasury, which is awarding a total of $120 million this week through the program.
“Housing is an essential component of strong communities – it serves as the foundation of economic wellbeing for Rhode Island families,” said Governor Raimondo. “The resources from the Capital Magnet Fund will help our continued efforts to ensure that Rhode Islanders are not burdened by unsustainable housing costs and will allow us to continue creating an environment that incentivizes residents and businesses to choose Rhode Island and help us further strengthen our economy.”
“Jobs and housing matter. Too often, there’s not enough federal help with either. That’s why I created the Capital Magnet Fund. It means Rhode Island will now have $4.7 million more to help people create jobs and find affordable housing. The Governor and RIHousing worked hard to put together a successful application for this highly-competitive grant. This is a smart investment that should put folks to work and put more working families in homes they can afford,” said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Banking Committee, which oversees federal housing policy, and the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee, which oversees federal spending for community development and housing programs.
The Capital Magnet Fund requires recipients to leverage $10 of housing and economic development investments for every $1 of federal funds. RIHousing plans to exceed that goal and estimates that this federal award will help attract over $110 million in additional investment.
“RIHousing is excited and deeply honored to receive this highly competitive award. The Capital Magnet Fund infusion comes at a time when resources are scarce and we are working to stretch every dollar. The $4.7 million investment from the federal government, combined with existing RIHousing resources, will allow the corporation to invest in the development of more apartments and homes for Rhode Island families, create and support more jobs, and generate more economic activity throughout the state. Thank you to Senator Reed for his leadership in creating the Capital Magnet Fund and his continued support for the work we do. RIHousing is excited to deploy this resource and to help as many Rhode Island families as possible,” said Barbara Fields, Executive Director of RIHousing.
RIHousing will combine the $4.7 million grant with other existing resources to help bridge the funding gap in projects that are “ready to proceed” but needed additional support in order to get underway. The developments will provide homes for families at a range of income levels and include families that earn $19,500 a year to those that earn $51,950.
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