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by Alex Nunes,Ana Gonzalez
GONZÁLEZ: Hey, everybody. I’m Ana.
NUNES: I’m Alex. And you’re listening to Mosaic.
GONZÁLEZ: For generations, the story of the New England triple decker home was pretty simple.
NUNES: You come to this country as an immigrant, rent one unit of a three decker apartment, save up your money and buy your own triple decker. Then, when the time is right, you pass on the home and that generational wealth to your kids.
GONZÁLEZ: But today, the triple decker narrative is a lot more complicated.
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GONZÁLEZ: Alright. So if you say the words “New England triple decker” to someone in California or Tennessee, they’re probably going to think you’re talking about a specialty sandwich.
NUNES: But for people in our neck of the woods, there is no confusion. A triple decker is this iconically New England building: One house, three stories for three families, and, traditionally, a porch on every level.
GONZÁLEZ: But triple deckers are much more than houses.
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An annual report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development found homelessness had decreased in Rhode Island by almost seven percent.
But Karen Santilli of Crossroads Rhode Island, the nonprofit which operates the state’s largest homeless shelter said the annual survey is just a snapshot. It does not catch some more nuanced information about the state’s homeless population.
“It's also important to look at over the course of a year the total number of households that will experience homelessness,” Santilli said.
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On any given day, more than a thousand Rhode Islanders are living on the streets – in cars, in bus or train stations, in shelters, or sleeping on the floor at the home or apartment of a relative or friend. On any given day, thousands of Rhode Islanders are clinging to civility, living in housing they can’t afford, foregoing food, medicines or healthcare insurance.
This is the picture of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing in Rhode Island, a picture painted by executives from Kids Count to homeless coalitions to agencies dedicated to providing aid to underserved Rhode Islanders.
These are issues that are also largely ignored by local and state governments because, as many acknowledge, the victims of homelessness and lack of affordable housing, are not your most prolific voters.
WhatsUpNewp has been rolling out a series of stories focusing on both the homeless and on affordable housing, hopeful to raise awareness and instill a sense of urgency throughout government. This is the second of our stories.
In our first story we focused on the affordable housing law that was passed in Rhode Island nearly three decades ago, and the fact that only five of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns had achieved the 10 percent threshold mandated by the law.
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By Frank Prosnitz - March 21, 2019
“They are one broken down car, one missed day of work, one sick child away from a financial emergency, from not being able to pay their rent,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the Washington D.C. based National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). “There is no doubt we have a housing crisis in our country. The bad news is the crisis is getting worse.”
The Coalition is among the leading organizations nationally advocating for the lowest income Americans at a time when the nation faces an affordable housing crisis.
We spoke with Yentel just after the organization released its annual report in March, “The Gap, A Shortage of Affordable Homes,” a report that defines the severity of the problem, one impacting some eight million households.
WhatsUpNewp has been following the affordable housing crisis in Rhode Island. We’ve detailed the problem and frustration among several advocates as most of the state’s cities and towns are woefully short of affordable and available housing, failing to meet the 10 percent minimum mandated by the state legislature decades ago.
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(Note: Over the last few weeks WhatsUpNewp has been exploring affordable housing issues. Last Friday, HousingWorksRI released its annual Fact Book, providing a detailed look at how the state and its municipalities are addressing affordable housing issues. To view our stories and podcast in this series, visit Affordable Housing. Meanwhile, we’ll be continuing our affordable housing series in the upcoming weeks.)
Businesses and communities benefit when there’s adequate affordable housing for moderate- and low-income individuals and families, a message that affordable housing advocates believe will begin to get those who typically have ignored the issue, to begin taking it seriously.
“A policy window is opening,” said Dr. Tiffany Manuel, a housing advocate, speaking at the HousingWorksRI luncheon at which the organization unveiled its 2018 Housing Fact Book. “Nationally we have a moment. How do I make them care? Why it’s important. Why it makes us better.”
Her premise is to equate affordable housing with economic development.
It’s an approach that is well documented on various websites that not only show the jobs created by construction but the number of employees that would be served by an increase in affordable housing.
Manuel’s comments came on the day that HousingWorksRI unveiled findings that only reinforced Manuel’s characterization of the “severity of the housing crisis.”\
By Ryan Belmore - March 20, 2019
The following press release is from the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission.
On Friday, March 15, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission hosted Aquidneck Island residents, business owners, elected officials, and others for an in-depth look at the state of housing on Aquidneck Island. The forum consisted of three expert panels followed by interactive break-out sessions.
Break-out sessions were designed to generate ideas that will help address housing challenges on the Island. John Shea, AIPC Executive Director said, “we are focused on creating a shared vision of the future success of the island, so we wanted to bring together people from different backgrounds to work together on a solution to ensure that the Island’s housing availability meets our needs now and in the future.”
Panelists provided varying perspectives. John DiTomasso of AARP Rhode Island said that fewer older Rhode Islanders are able to stay in their homes due to a vast amount of old housing stock that is not conducive to accessibility, combined with fixed incomes and a lack of retirement savings. He said, “we need to be proactive. It calls for work on the town and state level.”
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