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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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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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