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HNRI is the State’s membership organization for non-profit agencies that are committed to the development of affordable housing and vital communities across Rhode Island. HNRI is committed to strengthening its affordable housing member organizations and the larger affordable housing and community development sectors.
Homes RI is a united effort of multiple organizations including nonprofits and housing organizations. The goal of Homes RI is to shine a spotlight on the need for increased investments in the production, preservation and maintenance of affordable homes across Rhode Island and the ways we can accomplish this as a state. Homes RI is the external communications platform for the Housing Opportunities Initiative (HOI) and serves the housing sector and the public. HOI is a cross-sector coalition of participants who, using a collective impact approach, are working to increase the supply of safe, healthy and affordable housing throughout Rhode Island over the next decade.
HNRI is seeking a passionate individual to execute key communications activities for Homes RI and to support a resident-centered community engagement strategy for the initiative. This position will build on key recommendations from stakeholders including: 1) educate the public and policymakers related to the benefits of community development and 2) support the communications infrastructure of the Initiative through the Homes RI platform.
Salary: This is a part-time hourly position of 24-30 hours per week, at rate of $22 per hour. Benefits are not included.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 5pm on Friday January 18, 2019 to Ms. Katherine West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
HNRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of an individual’s race, color, country of ancestral origin, religion, disability, familial status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or status as a victim of domestic violence. Whenever practicable, HNRI will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.
January 14, 2019
Fields will continue in her role as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director until her contract expires March 1.
“Barbara Fields has had a decades long commitment to Rhode Island and to the complex housing and homelessness challenges we face,” said Governor Raimondo. “I want to thank Barbara for her four years of service at RIHousing and her commitment to the people of our state. I wish her well in her future endeavors.”
Fields gave the following statement:
“Recently, I was selected by my colleagues from across the country to serve on the Executive Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, a national organization uniquely positioned to address the country’s housing crisis. Since accepting this appointment, I have been presented with a number of opportunities that would allow me to continue championing housing issues on a larger scale. Therefore, I will not continue in my role as Executive Director of RIHousing when my contract expires on March 1.
It has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of RIHousing for the past four years. During my time here, we have accomplished a great deal. We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the Rhode Island economy, financed the development of desperately needed affordable apartments, and helped a record number of Rhode Islanders purchase their first home. I could not be more proud of the amazing team here at RIHousing.
I want to thank the Board and the RIHousing team, a wonderful group of committed public servants who work hard every day to help Rhode Islanders realize the dream of a safe, warm home for themselves and their families. I also want to thank Governor Raimondo for the opportunity to turn RIHousing around, place it on a path where it can achieve its full potential and is now poised to do the enormous amount of work in the area of housing that remains to be done here.”
During her tenure, RIHousing achieved its highest mortgage volume in 20 years. Under her leadership the corporation launched new, innovative financing tools to help more Rhode Islanders have a place to call home including the Ocean State Grad Grant, First Down and a Middle Market rental program. Fields also helped improve the agency’s bond rating while expanding loan servicing operations by 40 percent.
In October of 2018, Fields was selected by colleagues from across the country to serve on the Executive Board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, a national organization uniquely positioned to address the country’s housing crisis. Following her departure, Fields intends to weigh opportunities at the national level.
The RIHousing Board of Commissioner Chairman Nicolas Retsinas and the Executive Office of Commerce will convene a search committee for Fields’ replacement.
RIHousing works to ensure that all people who live in Rhode Island can afford a healthy, attractive home that meets their needs. RIHousing provides loans, grants, education and assistance to help Rhode Islanders find, rent, buy, build and keep a good home. Created by the General Assembly in 1973, RIHousing is a self-sustaining corporation and receives no state funding for operations. For more information regarding RIHousing visit www.RIHousing.com or follow us @RIHousing on Facebook and Twitter.
Providence, RI – RIHousing Executive Director Barbara Fields has been appointed Secretary/Treasurer of the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), the agency announced today. Fields was appointed to serve a one-year term on the NCHSA Executive Board at its annual meeting last week.
“Today, Rhode Island and the nation are facing a housing crisis,” said Fields. “I am honored to be elected to serve on the board of the National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies, and have the opportunity to work with them to create and execute policies that will help address that crisis.”
“The housing finance agencies (HFAs) that make up the NCHSA are a strong and vibrant network that can deliver federal resources and leverage private resources to meet the current crisis and build stronger, healthier communities across America,” Fields added.
Since assuming her current role at RIHousing in 2015, the agency has significantly expanded it initiatives in homeownership, development and mortgage servicing, adding the State of Maine as customer, among others. It has also registered improvements in its bond ratings and greatly expanded its partnerships in the community. Fields previously served on NCSHA’s Board in 2015 and brings nearly three decades of experience in expanding access to housing, building strong communities, and championing economic development efforts to her new role as Secretary/Treasurer.
NCSHA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the nation’s state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) more than 40 years ago. Its mission is to advance, through advocacy and education, the efforts of the nation’s state HFAs and their partners. NCSHA’s members are the HFAs of every state, the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as over 300 affiliate members in the housing finance field. The (Executive) Board is responsible for setting goals and developing strategies to further NCSHA’s initiatives.
RIHousing works to ensure that all people who live in Rhode Island can afford a healthy, attractive home that meets their needs. RIHousing provides loans, grants, education and assistance to help Rhode Islanders find, rent, buy, build and keep a good home. Created by the General Assembly in 1973, RIHousing is a self-sustaining corporation and receives no state funding for operations.
Application Deadline: 3 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019
The Housing Resources Commission is pleased to announce the opening of a competitive funding round for Building Homes Rhode Island (BHRI), a State-funded initiative of the Housing Resources Commission. At this time, the Housing Resources Commission will be making an estimated $12 million available for the development and preservation of affordable housing.
While the BHRI RFP is using the same/similar forms as other initiatives administered by Rhode Island Housing such as the HOME, HTC programs, please note the program requirements, priorities and application process are distinct and may differ.
The BHRI 3 (Round 3) RFP, however, is also soliciting interest relative to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The NSP is designed primarily to acquire and rehabilitate abandoned and foreclosed properties in neighborhoods highly impacted by the foreclosure crisis. An Appendix requesting information for those projects which would qualify for NSP consideration, has been attached to the application. Projects meeting NSP program requirements should complete these Appendix questions. Support of such proposals will be considered from both funding sources (BHRI and/or NSP). Failure to complete the appendix questions could negatively impact consideration of your project.
Please note that projects targeting Special Needs populations, broadly defined to include the homeless, disabled, elderly or any other population requiring special services/accommodations - will be highly prioritized in this funding round.
Projects which fall within identified Opportunity Zones, should detail such the application narrative. Opportunity zones are a community investment tool intended to encourage long term investment in key areas. It is a priority objective that State investments be coordinated in such areas.
ELIGIBLE APPLICAN TS:
Nonprofit housing developers, for-profit developers, public housing authorities, municipalities, faith-based organizations, community housing development organizations, recognized tribes, state departments or agencies and redevelopment corporations.
Threshold criteria will be utilized to determine which applications will conform to the requirements of the funding round. Any application determined to be non-compliant with the stated threshold criteria will be eliminated from consideration:
DISTRIBUTION PLAN AND SCORING:
The BHRI Distribution Plan, including funding priorities and scoring criteria, are attached and can be found on the State's website at http://www.ohcd.ri.gov
Applications are due by 3:00p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Two hard copies and one electronic version of the full application on CD or thumb drive must be submitted to Raymond Neirinckx, Office of Housing and Community Development/Housing Resources Commission, One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, R.I. 02908-5873.
If you have questions about the BHRI program, please contact Raymond Neirinckx, Housing Commission Coordinator, at 222-4893 or Raymond.Neirinckx@doa.ri.gov .
Contact: Kristina Contreras Fox
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 June 2019 (PAWTUCKET, RI) -- By removing $500,000 for a social impact bond project (also known as Pay for Success), the General Assembly is leaving nearly $3 million dollars on the table in federal funding to help chronically homeless Rhode Islanders.
“Pay for Success would bring a potential $2.7M into the state help house people with significant challenges: our neighbors who keep going in and out of emergency rooms, the correctional system, emergency shelters. Rhode Island spends anywhere from $5.5M to $7.5M through these expensive and often ineffective systems, when housing people is much more effective and cheaper. Right now we spend so much with little success,” explained Caitlin Frumerie, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
Pay for Success is a public-private partnership which funds effective social services through a performance-based contract. If, following an independent evaluation, the program achieves predetermined outcomes that benefit society and generate value for government, then government will make outcomes payments to investors. However, the government pays only at the level of outcomes achieved.
“Pay for Success would bring 125 vouchers for Permanent Supportive Housing, which pairs affordable housing with support services to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.. According to the feasibility study we conducted, Pay for Success would save Rhode Island from $1.8M to $2.6M a year, in addition to the federal matching funds. Other states, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, have implemented Pay for Success projects with positive outcomes that realized significant savings for their state governments.”
Governor Raimondo included $500,000 for Pay for Success in her original budget, as a line item in Commerce Corps. It was removed from the budget in the House Finance Committee’s hearing this past Friday.
“Passing that $500K will immediately unlock nearly $1million in federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Department of Justice,” said Frumerie. “Furthermore, we applied for additional $1.725M from the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) fund, essentially a national Pay for Success fund run by the US Treasury. Yet the feds need to see that RI wants to be a partner in this work with a project on the ground. They want to know that we’re committed to building a better system that delivers results and is fiscally responsible. Removing this funding sends the opposite message, and we will be cut off from receiving millions of dollars as a result.”
“It’s another 125 vouchers for Permanent Supportive Housing. On any given night in RI, 198 of our neighbors are experiencing chronic homelessness. Through Pay for Success, we have the best possible path to helping those Rhode Islanders in need. Through our hard work, we secured millions of dollars that does not come from RI taxpayer funds for this project. We assembled a comprehensive working group of stakeholders who meet regularly to move this forward. All that progress goes out the window with this budget cut. We urge the General Assembly to restore the original $500,000 for Pay for Success.”
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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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.
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