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New study looks at transportation access and housing choice

By:Kristen Walsh

A report titled "Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients finds that access to cars has a positive impact on housing location choice and employment options for housing voucher recipients. This study was published last month by the Urban Institute in collaboration with researchers from the University of Maryland and UCLA.

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Going green is good news for Affordable Housing

By: Amy Cola

Going "green" is becoming a standard for affordable housing. When many think of going green, they think of using green materials, they don't necessarily think of how one of the benefits of green building is making homes more affordable by reducing month utility costs for residents.

In the 2010 Housing Fact Book, HousingWorks RI researched the many benefits of going green and how many local nonprofit developers build sustainably. From energy-efficient appliances to geothermal heating and cooling systems, affordable housing developers in Rhode Island have incorporated sustainable design into the homes they are creating.

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Flood insurance and housing affordability

By: Kristen Walsh

Last month, President Obama signed a flood insurance relief bill which will help make flood insurance more affordable for homeowners. The "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013" is a response to increased flood insurance premiums that were unaffordable to homeowners living in high-risk areas for floods. These increased premiums came into effect after the government’s flood insurance program was revamped in 2012.

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Q4 2013 Foreclosures in RI

HousingWorks RI today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q4 2013. The report looks at the number of foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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LISC Breakfast Forum

The RI LISC office is hosting Jan Brodie, the featured speaker at their first Breakfast Forum of 2014. The Executive Director of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, Jan Brodie has a long list of achievements including the Bourne Mill in Tiverton, an apartment complex that offers affordable housing to qualified individuals.

 Join her at the Breakfast Forum being held Thursday March 27th 2014 from 8:30AM – 10:30AM. 146 Clifford Street Providence RI.

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State Farm Neighborhood Assist

Is there a cause in your community that is close to your heart? Is there a positive change you’d like to make but don’t have the necessary funding? Look no further than State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is looking for members of the community to submit an application exclusively through Facebook in order to help with projects within that community where help would have been otherwise uncertain. The three funding categories include safety, community development, and education.

The submission period runs from March 3rd to the 23rd, but only a limited number of submissions will be accepted.

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New Infographic: Housing affordability and decreased purchasing power of Latinos in RI

New data released today by the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University and HousingWorks RI reveals a persistent housing cost burden for Latino renter households in Rhode Island. The new infographic measures the decreased purchasing power facing these Latino households by quantifying the amount of money being spent on housing.

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National Report Looks at Decreasing Development Costs to Increase Housing Options

By: Kristen Walsh

The Urban Land Institute and its Terwilliger Center for Housing, along with Enterprise Community Partners recently published a report titled “Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals.” The report provides numerous practical ideas for minimizing the cost of providing affordable rental housing.

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MA Report Cites Need for More Housing Options

By: Amy Cola

A report published by The Metropolitan Area Planning Council last month, laid out the ever-present issue that many states are facing today – how do we get the population to where we need it to be in order to grow a strong economy. In Massachusetts, their answer is housing.

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South Light - Lighting Installation Day Two

Be among the first to witness the South Light lighting installation being held this weekend, February 6th and 7th at the Grace Church cemetery. RISD students, along with SWAP and a number of other community organizations and businesses are working to raise awareness surrounding the Grace Church cemetery, with the goal to improve its overall condition.

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