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NLIHC: TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to Lift Spending Caps and Fund Affordable Housing and Transportation Programs

Help Ensure THUD Appropriations Subcommittees Have Highest Possible Funding for Housing Programs in Fiscal Year 2018

Groups concerned about transportation, housing, community development, and homelessness are working together to circulate a letter urging Congress to lift the austere caps on federal spending and to ensure affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Please sign your organization on today! https://nlihc.wufoo.com/forms/urge-congress-lift-spending-caps-fund-thud-bill/

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RICH: Homeless Memorial Service & Luncheon

What? Please join us in cherishing the memory and celebrating the lives of our brothers and sisters who were homeless and passed in 2016.

Where? Praise Tabernacle Church

330 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910

Praise Tabernacle Transportation will be provided at Kennedy Plaza at 10AM and Crossroads at 10:15AM

When? Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Service: 11am-12pm

Meal: 12pm-1:30pm

RI Coalition for the Homeless | http://www.rihomeless.org/Default.aspx 

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Providence Journal: RWU study backs driver's licenses for undocumented residents

By: G. Wayne Miller

PROVIDENCE - Scholars at Roger Williams University School of Law and the university's Latino Policy Institute have concluded that issuing driver's licenses to Rhode Island's undocumented immigrants "would lead to safer roads and potentially better economic opportunities" for those holding them, according to their 32-page report.

The study, "A Legal and Policy Analysis of Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Rhode Islanders," was co-authored by professors Deborah Gonzalez and Peter Margulies and researcher J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz. The report was completed last year, but is being publicly released on Thursday.

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Warwick Beacon: Miller elected president of RI Coalition for Homeless board

Stephen M. Miller, of the law firm of Stephen M. Miller and Associates in Providence, has been named as the new Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH) Board of Directors president.

Miller, of Lincoln, will facilitate in numerous capacities representing its members and advocating policy issues on local, the state and federal levels. He will help guide the coalition’s mission that consists of members from various government agencies and service providers. He said while the dilemma of homelessness cannot be easily solved, the issue must still be addressed.

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The Block Island Times: Addressing the Housing Shortage

By: Cassius Shuman

"People have to do the Block Island shuffle. I'd like to see that end."

That’s what Peter Saxon, the newly installed President of the Block Island Economic Development Foundation, said when discussing what he called the island’s need for "low-to-moderate income rental housing" at the Housing Board’s meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Providing affordable housing options to year-round island residents is the primary mission of BIED, along with promoting economic and environmental health on the island.

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RICH: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with Wednesday, January 25th Point-in-Time Count

We need volunteers to help with the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count required by HUD. This year's PIT Count is going to be held on Wednesday, January 25th from 7pm-10pm. The PIT Count is spearheaded by RIHAP (RI Homeless Advocacy Project), RI Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the Statewide Outreach Committee. We will train you and you will be working with a team going out the night of the count. No prior experience is needed, just a commitment to helping those in our state who are experiencing homelessness.

If you are interested in helping out there are two upcoming trainings to learn all about the PIT, the survey we use that night and how to conduct the survey. (Note: You only need attend one of the trainings).

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Rhode Island Housing Announces HOME Funding Round

Rhode Island Housing is pleased to announce the opening of a competitive funding round for the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We anticipate being able to award approximately $3 million in FY 2016 HOME funds for the development of affordable housing for low and very low-income households.

NOTE: Low Income Housing Tax Credit project sponsors requiring HOME as a part of their financing proposal must submit separate applications in response to this announcement.

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RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty: Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil at the State House!

Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


State House, Providence, RI (Participating clergy will meet at 2PM at Gloria Dei.*)

All are invited!

Our faith calls us to action. Join us at the State House at the start of the new year to call on our elected officials to act with care, compassion and wisdom.

Coming from diverse backgrounds and faith communities, we stand united in our belief that all Rhode Islanders deserve the fundamentals: nutritious food; affordable housing; decent wages; quality education; and accessible healthcare.

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NeighborWorks America: Project Reinvest: Financial Capability funding announcement available

Project Reinvest: Financial Capability funding announcement is available

NeighborWorks America is pleased to release the Project Reinvest: Financial Capability funding announcement.

Project Reinvest: Financial Capability is designed to provide funding for organizations to provide financial capability counseling/coaching that will help clients stabilize their finances, rebuild credit and establish savings.

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Providence Journal: Death on the streets: Pausing to remember

By: Donita Taylor, December 9th, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A candlelight vigil for the six people who have died while homeless since late June was too windy for candles.

About 40 people, mostly homeless advocates and outreach workers who were bundled up against the cold, gathered at the steps of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at sunset Friday to remember six who died in warmer weather.

It was just below freezing, and many participants had outreach missions later, so the vigil was quick.

"We still have way too many people on the streets," said the Rev. Donald Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, in opening the vigil.

"We do have a solution," he said. It just requires more resources.

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