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Save the Date! New England Housing Network Federal Forum

Friday, December 16, 2016

Federal Reserve Bank, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Breakfast and Registration: 9:00 a.m.

Forum: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Invitation and registration materials to be sent 6 weeks before the event.

What will the next Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country? At this forum, we’ll hear from national experts about what they predict will happen, and we’ll hear reactions from New England speakers about what the impact will be on our states. We’ll also consider what we can do proactively to encourage a robust federal affordable housing agenda as we begin 2017.

National Speakers (to be joined by a panel of speakers from the New England states):

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September 26, 2016 in Local Interest

The New York Times: A Right to a Lawyer to Save Your Home

By: The Editorial Board, September 23, 2016

There are few legal fights more lopsided than landlords suing to evict their lower-income tenants.

In New York City’s housing court, it’s usually a team of lawyers representing the landlord going against a tenant, unrepresented and alone. The claims for eviction vary — the tenant owes months of back rent, or is not named on the lease. If the landlord doesn’t win, very often the tenant is muscled out with threats and harassment.

Many others are pushed out when landlords — eager to raise rents or demolish buildings to make way for pricey new developments — illegally withhold basic services like heat and hot water, or offer paltry buyouts.

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September 26, 2016 in Media Interest

MAKE ROOM: Let's Get Housing on the Agenda


Together we will send 1 Million Messages

When will Congress put the housing crisis on their agenda?

When people like you and me send them 1 million messages demanding it. Let’s do this.

Join Make Room’s 1 Million Messages campaign demanding action on housing affordability.

Why now? Because too many hardworking Americans are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. People are going without food and basic necessities like medicine. Families and communities can’t thrive under this constant stress.

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September 19, 2016 in Local Interest

2016 Housing Fact Book Released

The Housing Fact Book presents a detailed portrait of housing affordability throughout the Ocean State, where both renters and homeowners (particularly the state’s lower and middle income groups) face high rates of housing cost burden. A household is considered cost burdened when it spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing.

Housing cost burdens continue to persist in the Ocean State. From 2000 to 2014, the percent of both homeowner and renter households that are considered cost burdened increased in Rhode Island. Currently, about half of all Rhode Island renter households, 1 in 3 homeowner households with a mortgage, and 1 in 5 homeowner households without a mortgage are housing cost burdened.

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Yes on 7 Campaign Kickoff

Thursday, September 15 at 2:00PM

Gately Building, 2 Bayley Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Join housing, community, business and elected leaders in helping HousingNetwork kick off their Yes on 7 campaign! 

HousingNetwork needs your support. The $50 million Housing Opportunity bond on November's ballot will provide critical funding for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable homeownership and rental housing units across Rhode Island, and help our cities and towns revitalize blighted and foreclosed properties. 

Come see prior housing bond dollars at work! Tours of this newly renovated historic property will be available. 

Interested in getting involved? Find out more on September 15th!

Light refreshments will be served. 

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2016 Housing Fact Book Luncheon: Register Now!

Of the 40% renter households in Rhode Island, 8,587 experienced eviction in 2014 according to the State District Court System. Housing cost burdens contribute to housing instability in Rhode Island. With more than half of Rhode Island renter households remaining cost burdened, maintaining stable housing is a struggle for many families throughout the Ocean State.

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The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Searches for New Executive Director

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking their next Executive Director!

The ideal candidate has knowledge and experience in social justice and system-change work, is an energetic leader with demonstrated financial and organizational management skills, who can engage others in their mission, embraces and encourages coalition and movement building and is comfortable working with low-income and marginalized populations. If you think you have want it takes click here to find out more! If you know someone that is the perfect fit please share this with them.

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Gateway awarded three-year, $1.2 million federal grant to assist homeless adults

Gateway Healthcare has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Health & Human Services, to develop a program to provide behavioral health treatment to homeless adults in Rhode Island.

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On Behalf Of: MAKE ROOM, Let's Get Housing on the Agenda

The conventions are over. Candidates up and down the ballot are out on the campaign trail making promises and asking for votes. Will affordable housing be on their agenda?

Let’s join forces to make sure that it is. You are officially invited to become a strategic partner in the campaign to send Congress 1 Million Messages and make housing a can't-ignore issue. As an advocate, you know that our nation is facing a housing affordability crisis of record proportions. Too many Americans can’t make rent or mortgage today, and Congress has done little to ease this growing burden.

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HousingWorks RI Welcomes Brenda J. Clement as Director.

After a thorough search for new leadership, Roger Williams University has appointed Brenda J. Clement to serve as Director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University.

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