News & Event
By Mary MacDonald- November 13, 2019 10:30 pm
The city of East Providence is recognizing both veterans and the high cost of housing and has made available an affordable rental house for one family or individual. The “affordable home lottery” involves a property at 47 Payette St., a centrally located one-bedroom house, which is newly renovated.
Prospective applicants can look at the property at an open house on Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. Submissions for lottery consideration must be made by 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Visit the city’s website at www.eastprovidence.com for more details. In a question and response with the PBN, Mayor Bob DaSilva explained how the program works.
PBN: Is this program for only one house or is the intention to start a program that would include more houses in the future?
DASILVA: Should the city of East Providence come into possession of a home in the future that is suitable for this lottery, we’d certainly do it again.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Business News
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By Mary MacDonald- October 2, 2019 10:30 pm
Jennifer Hawkins is the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, the developer of the soon-to-begin Sheridan Small Homes, a development of affordable, net-zero homes in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence.
The five standalone condos, which are two bedrooms each, were designed by Jonathon Knowles, a professor at Rhode Island School of Design. The homes will be built by Building Futures, using apprentice labor. A groundbreaking is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28.
PBN: Is this the first net-zero home in Providence, and what does that mean?
HAWKINS: I think it’s the first affordable [one], targeted to low- and moderate-income households. A deed-restricted property. It’s a passive home. That means the systems and the siting and the materials of the home are done in such a way as to use the natural environment. We have triple-pane windows. We have an all-electric system. All of these things make the home extremely efficient.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Business News
By Mary MacDonald- July 10, 2019 10:30 pm
Jennifer Hawkins is the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, a nonprofit that is working on community-development initiatives in several neighborhoods in Providence. She provided an update on projects and priorities for the organization.
PBN: What is King Street Commons and who will it provide housing for?
HAWKINS: In 2013, we issued a neighborhood revitalization plan called the Build Olneyville plan. It was funded by the [Department of Housing and Urban Development] Choice Neighborhoods initiative.
The idea was how do we connect the Providence Housing development called Manton Heights, which is in the neighborhood, along with the next of the neighborhood. It was physically isolated. The only way to access Riverside Park and that area was through this street that had been closed with Jersey barriers for years because of illegal dumping and crime.
The idea was how do we strategically redevelop this blighted part of the neighborhood that cuts off this public housing from the rest of the neighborhood. We will be constructing 30 apartments and 8,500 square feet of an early childhood education center. It will be four Head Start classrooms. The provider we have selected is Children’s Friend.
King Street Commons has two components: new construction of 30 new apartments and the 8,500-square-foot early childhood center, plus the renovation and re-syndication of 32 apartments that were originally constructed in 2001 in the Elmwood neighborhood. In total, it is 62 units.
To read the complete article, visit Providence Business News
By Mary MacDonald- July 24, 2019 10:30 pm
Carol Ventura is the interim CEO and executive director of the R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp., the state’s housing finance corporation. For almost 20 years, she has helped the state’s residents access housing in her roles as deputy director, director of development and assistant director of the policy division. She holds an MBA from Bryant University.
PBN: What is the Housing Opportunity Bond and how did R.I. Housing decide how to disperse its funds?
VENTURA: On Nov. 8, 2016, Rhode Island voters passed a state bond referendum authorizing the issuance of a $50 million Housing Opportunity Bond, $10 million of which was earmarked for urban revitalization and blight remediation. Voters authorized the state to use these funds to develop and implement a program for the improvement of properties that are blighted or in need of revitalization. That program is known formally as the Acquisition and Revitalization Program. R.I. Housing was tasked by [the R.I. Commerce Corp.] to administer this program.
By PBN Staff - December 2, 2019 10:30 pm
Paola N. Fernandez is vice president of community development at Centreville Bank. She’s responsible for building, planning and implementing initiatives that increase community engagement, strengthen community advocacy efforts and drive community transformation at the grassroots level.
She also oversees strategy development and implementation of the bank’s Charitable Foundation, including setting annual philanthropic priorities, building relationships and managing the grant-making process.
Prior to joining Centreville, she was director of public policy and government relations at United Way of Rhode Island.
To view the complete article, and read 5 Questions with Paola Fernandez, visit Providence Business News
By William Hamilton- October 29, 2019 10:30 pm
When the results of the 2018-2019 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System were released last week, they showed that the overall performance of students in grades 3 to 8 improved somewhat from the previous year. But the results also showed that English language learners and students of color continue to lag behind significantly in proficiency levels in math and English language arts.
Marcela Betancur, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, spoke to PBN about the RICAS results and those “equity gaps.”
PBN: Were you surprised by the results of the RICAS that again show persistent equity gaps involving English language learners and students of color? Explain why you were either surprised or not.
By Mary MacDonald- April 17, 2019 10:30 pm
The Providence Preservation Society has chosen the Paterson Park neighborhood, part of the Blackstone Park Historic District, as the location for its 39th Festival of Historic Houses. While the list of individual homes open for tours is still being identified, the society has made plans to introduce a less-well-known historic district to the public. The neighborhood is part of a national historic district. It is bounded by the Seekonk River, Angell Street, Blackstone Boulevard and President and Laurel avenues. Executive Director Brent Runyon spoke to the Providence Business News this week about the event, to be held June 15-16.
PBN: Why was this area chosen for the 2019 historic home tour?
RUNYON: We thought about it about three years ago. It’s a neighborhood we’ve been in twice before, in the ’90s and the early 2000s. It’s one of those neighborhoods that’s really off the beaten track. It has some great history that we want to explore, and quality houses. Clearly representative of a very large majority of Providence homes. More recently, with the threat of [a historic home] demolition on Blackstone, it’s also a good way for us to point out that while these seem to be historic houses, they are not protected.
PBN: The writer H.P. Lovecraft lived in this area. Is his home still standing?
RUNYON: He lived with his parents in other apartments in the neighborhood. We’re not going inside any. We worked with Donovan Loucks [creator of a Lovecraft website, the H.P. Lovecraft Archive], who identified 15 other houses that we know Lovecraft had some relationship with. We are developing a brand-new tour. We are calling it a Young Lovecraft tour. It will be where he grew up, and some things [that influenced] him until his teens.
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