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South County Independent: RI Association of Realtors supports South County Habitat for Humanity accessible home remodel

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors recently made a contribution of $5,000 to South County Habitat for Humanity to be used for the remodeling of an area home to make it handicap-accessible for a future homeowner. South County Habitat is remodeling a one-level, single-family area home for a single mother and her 7-year old, Christian. As a baby, Christian suffered an accident and was left with severe developmental and physical disabilities. In their current living situation, Christian’s mother, Catherine, carries him up three flights of stairs, as they live in a cramped third-floor walk-up apartment. Christian’s doctors give him 4-5 years to live because of the current living situation and the pressure on his spine from the endless hours spent in a wheelchair.

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The Providence American: Direct Action for Rights and Equality Sends a Message to the Providence Housing Authority

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Providence, RI - Early this morning a number of volunteers from the Providence community came together to drop a banner in front of the Providence Housing Authoritys Administrative office. Around 8am an unknown volunteer from the community entered the building and hung an approximately 20 foot banner from the fifth floor. The banner reads, Unified Families + Stable Housing = Rehabilitation | Fair Housing Now | Sign the petition online @ bit.ly/fair-housing-pvd. The banner action is one in a series of actions throughout the day that are in line with #cut50 campaigns Day of Empathy!

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Livable Home Tax Credit- H-5778 and S-477

What is a Livable Home Tax Credit

  • It is a tax credit provided to homeowners that make modifications to homes to improve accessibility and universal visitability.

Why it is needed? Demographic changes. In the next 15 years it is projected that the age 65 + population will increase by 40%. Accessible housing will become a significant issue in the future.

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The Bollinger Foundation: Grants - Apps Due May 5th, 2017


We welcome the nominations of families in which the deceased parent worked - or the surviving parent continues to work - in the field of public or affordable housing, or community and economic development. To date, the Bollinger Foundation has not awarded grants outside of this priority area, and is unlikely to do so in the future.

The Foundation primarily provides funds for children's education. This can include - but is not limited to - grants towards special educational needs, school materials, and college tuition. We have also awarded funds for counseling and other special needs.

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CFED: A Downpayment on the Divide: Steps to Ease Racial Inequality in Homeownership

CFED's brand-new report, A Downpayment on the Divide: Steps to Ease Racial Inequality in Homeownership, explores the relationship between race and homeownership and recommends ways to leverage the wealth-building potential of homeownership to close the divide.

Racially discriminatory homeownership policies and practices in the housing market defined most of the 20th century and created a highly segregated housing landscape that substantially benefits White households over Black and Latino families on a variety of fronts.

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The Valley Breeze: Cumberland Housing Authority rated High Performer

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Housing Authority has been designated as a High Performer on the Public Housing Assessment System and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for fiscal year 2016.

The reviews and audits are conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s PHAS and SEMAP rating systems measure performance and define acceptable public housing standards for key areas of public housing and Section 8 management. The PHAS rating system is based on four major indicators: physical condition, financial condition, management operations and capital funds.

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The Valley Breeze: Vandals honored for work to support 2-1-1 call system

PROVIDENCE – United Way of Rhode Island presented its 2-1-1 Nonprofit Partner Award, recognizing an outstanding partnership focused on improving the lives of Rhode Islanders experiencing some of the greatest needs, to Stephen Vadnais, executive director of the Pawtucket Housing Authority.

Also honored at a March 2 celebration of 2-1-1’s 10th anniversary as a phone resource for Rhode Islanders in need were: • Roshni Darnal, the senior corps director at Federal Hill House Association.

• Charles Fogarty, director of the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs.

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Providence Journal Bulletin: R.I. Housing extends contract of Executive Director Fields into 2019

Christine Dunn, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. " Rhode Island Housing's Board of Commissioners voted Friday to renew the contract of Executive Director Barbara FieldsA into earlyA 2019, with a 3-percent salary increase, bringing her annual compensation to $196,266. Fields' new contract expires Jan. 15, 2019, according to Nicolas P. Retsinas, chairman of the board.

Fields took the helm of the quasi-public agency on an interim basis in January 2015, after the resignation of Richard Godfrey, and she was named executive director in March 2015. Fields is the first woman to head the agency, which functions like a bank but aims to support the development of affordable housing and sustainable home ownership in Rhode Island.

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Zillow: Healthy Housing: Where Higher Rents Are Correlated With Worse Health

Zillow drew on its own rental affordability data and health quality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop an analysis that finds that more people report being in poor physical health in census tracts where residents spend a higher share of their income on rent. According to Zillow, those who pay more for rent generally have less money left over to spend on necessities like health care, nutritious food and other healthy habits. The analysis confirms that low household incomes and high housing costs are both correlated with poor health outcomes. (Zillow, March 17)

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STAT: Here’s the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD

By Megan Sandel - March 17, 2017

As a physician, Dr. Ben Carson knew the right prescriptions to give to his neurosurgery patients. But as the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will he be able to provide the right prescription for HUD?

The wrong one is cutting HUD’s budget by a staggering $6 billion (down 13.2 percent from last year), as proposed by the new budget from the Trump administration.

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