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5 Questions with Brenda Clement, HWRI at RWU Director


1. What is one of your first goals? To reconnect with my housing and community-development colleagues here in Rhode Island, and find areas where we can collaborate and support each other's work. Research shows that access to healthy, affordable housing bolsters positive outcomes in many areas, including health, education, employment and economic development.

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SWAP & Family Housing Development introduce Pavilion Homes


WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:00 am

WHERE: 182 Pavilion Ave. Providence, RI 02905

HOSTS: Mayor Jorge Elorza, City Council President - Luis Aponte, Family Housing Development,  SWAP

New Single and Two-Family Affordable Homes

Rain or Shine

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2016 Building Homes Rhode Island Map

For an update on Building Homes Rhode Island in the year 2016, click here.

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On behalf of LISC Rhode Island: Financial Opportunity Centers work!

Dear Colleagues and Partners, We would like to share news from our national office of promising new evidence that LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) approach is working.

An indepen­dent study by the Economic Mobility Corporation has found that clients of LISC's Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are more likely to be employed year-round, to reduce non-asset related debt and to build positive credit histories than comparison group participants. These findings offer concrete evidence that our model is successful in helping low-income people reach their financial goals and create a brighter future for their families. The evaluation was conducted as part of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund to implement evidence-based solutions.

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Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Wants To Know What Matters To You!

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Wants To Know What Matters To You!

RICH wants to know what matters to you as they prepare for the 2017 legislative session. To that end, they have a short online survey for you to complete. Survey results will help determine what issues RICH should focus on this upcoming Rhode Island General Assembly session.

For the past several years RICH, with your help, have been successful in securing legislative victories on numerous homeless and affordable housing issues, but each year there are issues from our legislative platform that do not pass and new issues are emerging daily.

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Juan Pichardo: R.I. Latinos squeezed out of homeownership

Courtesy of the Providence Journal

Recently, news outlets reported that the national homeownership rate had dropped to its lowest level (62.9 percent) since the U.S. Census first started tracking those numbers. Here in Rhode Island, we’re faring worse (60.3 percent), but it is the rate of homeownership for Latino households that alarms me the most.

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Vote Yes on 7 Campaign Looking for Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in the Yes On 7 Campaign.

To learn about 7 simple steps you can take right now to get involved, view our Yes On 7 Supporter Action Toolkit.

Lawn Signs

Yes On 7 lawn signs are available for pickup at United Way of Rhode Island’s office at 50 Valley St, Providence, RI 02909.

Volunteer Door Knocking Days

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On behalf of NLIHC: Housing Spotlight: A Long Wait for a Home

Yesterday, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released Housing Spotlight: A Long Wait for a Home — a report that analyzes the current state of Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and public housing waiting lists across the country. The report spotlights the problems around HCV waiting lists and its systemic effects on extremely low income (ELI) households. Problems stem from 53% of HCV waiting lists closed to new applicants, 65% of waiting lists had been closed for at least one year, and the average waiting list wait time is 1.5 years.

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Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless: Volunteers Needed to Help with Homeless Street Outreach

We need volunteers to help with the homeless outreach efforts spearheaded by RIHAP (RI Homeless Advocacy Project), RI Coalition for the Homeless and other members of our Statewide Outreach Committee. We will train you and you will be working with a team going out on the night(s) that you volunteer. No prior experience is needed, just a commitment to helping those in our state who are experiencing homelessness.

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