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HousingWorks and the Latino Policy Institute host HUD Secretary Julián Castro

HousingWorks RI (HWRI) and fellow Roger Williams University policy group Latino Policy Institute (LPI) recently hosted U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro at the University's Providence Campus.

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2014 Housing Fact Book

PROVIDENCE, R.I., October 3, 2014 – The 2014 Housing Fact Book released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) shows a persistent housing cost burden for Rhode Island homeowners and renters alike, but particularly for the state’s lower and middle income groups. 2014 marks the 10th annual Housing Fact Book and the analysis looks back at trends in housing affordability in Rhode Island since 2000.

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2014 Housing Fact Book Luncheon

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University is just weeks away from the release of our 10th annual Housing Fact Book. We hope you can join us this year for an informative conversation about the future of housing in Rhode Island.

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HousingWorks RI Joins Roger Williams University

On the heels of a synergetic collaboration that began in 2012, Roger Williams University (RWU) has fully integrated HousingWorks RI (HWRI) into its Division of University Outreach and Engagement, as of July 1. HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University will continue to be housed at the University’s Providence campus at 150 Washington Street. The completed integration creates further synergy between the strategic objectives of RWU and the research, policy and communications work of HWRI. On top of the expanded partnership, Nicole Lagace has been named Director and will lead HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University in furthering its position as the authoritative source of information about housing in Rhode Island.

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Q1 2014 Foreclosures in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q1 2014. 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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Majority of young, renter households in Rhode Island burdened by housing costs

59 percent of renter households between the ages of 18 and 24 are housing cost burdened, meaning they are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. A new infographic released today by HousingWorks RI offers a glimpse at renter households in Rhode Island according to age.

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Challenges Facing Latinos and Other Minorities in Securing Home Loans

A recent analysis by The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and HousingWorks RI looks at who seeks access to capital in Rhode Island to purchase a home.

Our joint infographic, “Latinos and Housing 2014,” released earlier this year found that while 60 percent of all RI householders own their home; only 25 percent of Latino householders own theirs. The process to secure capital necessary to purchase and own your own home can be challenging, as evidenced by the racial disparities.

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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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