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More senior women in Rhode Island burdened by housing costs

More senior women “heads of households” own their homes today, but for those with a mortgage, the cost burden is high. A new infographic released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island offers a glimpse at Rhode Island households headed by women aged 65+.

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Rhode Island Housing: Application for Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Program (“ARP”)

The Rhode Island Housing Funding Application for Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Program (“ARP”) is now live on the Rhode Island Housing website.

This application will be due by 4:00PM on Friday, August 25th, 2017.

Click here to view the ARP Proforma, and other Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs).

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Providence Journal: Mo Vaughn, Joe Morgan inducted into PawSox Hall of Fame

By Mark Daniels

Journal Sports Writer

PAWTUCKET – It’s been 14 years since Mo Vaughn put on a baseball uniform, but life for “The Hit Dog” hasn’t slowed down in retirement. Instead of wearing just a baseball cap, the former Red Sox MVP wears many hats now in the form of a successful businessman.

On Sunday, he earned another as he, along with former PawSox and Red Sox manager Joe Morgan, were inducted into the PawSox Hall Of Fame.

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RIBA: The Rhode Island Builder: July 2017

To view the July 2017 edition of the award-winning monthly magazine of the Rhode Island Builders Association, click here.

Topics for this edition include:

  • Barriers to Building, Part 7
  • 67th Annual Clambake: August 11
  • Housing Production

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The Valley Breeze: Council debates affordable housing ‘requirement’ in train zone

By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

PAWTUCKET – Does the use of a particular word really hurt the city?

It’s a question City Council members disagreed on last week as they debated how to keep pending developments from pricing lower income residents out of Pawtucket.

The council reached a temporary stalemate over a resolution encouraging all development around a future new train station off Pine Street and Goff Avenue (set to begin construction in 2020) to truly foster the creation of an economically diverse community.

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The Block Island Times: Affordable housing development approved

By Cassius Shuman Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:00am

The Housing Board’s Cherry Hill Lane affordable housing project is one step closer to becoming a reality. That’s because the New Shoreham Zoning Board granted unanimous approval of the project, clearing the way for five qualified year-round residents and their families to enter a lottery to secure affordable housing on Block Island.

In its decision, the Zoning Board noted that abutting opposition to the project “lacked focus, and specific details” necessary to influence the board’s approvals. None of the abutters who had voiced opposition to the project throughout the application process were present at the meeting. The State of Rhode Island mandates affordable housing at 10 percent of housing development.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Open Grant Opportunity: Design for Resilience

Applications are now open for our Design for Resilience grant program.

This program provides $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities due to climate, and then to identify and implement meaningful actions in response.

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The Valley Breeze: Prospect Heights set for major renovations

PAWTUCKET – Prospect Heights has been sold and will undergo major renovations.

The Pawtucket Housing Authority last Wednesday announced the “phase 1” finalizing of financing for the sale and redevelopment of 101 units at its 560 Prospect St. site.

The purchaser is Prospect Redevelopment I Limited Partnership, a Rhode Island limited partnership between Omni Development Corp. of Providence and WinnDevelopment of Boston. With with the transaction, WinnResidential will manage the remaining 191 units (phase 2) on behalf of the Pawtucket Housing Authority until financing can be secured for the redevelopment of those units.

The redevelopment costs for the phase 1 units are estimated to be $7.7 million, funded through a variety of partners.

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Providence Journal: New affordable-housing project breaks ground in Central Falls

By Christine Dunn, Journal Staff Writer

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Mayor James A. Diossa joined housing advocates Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at 63 Fletcher St., where a new, affordable, two-family home will be built, replacing a blighted six-unit multifamily property that has been demolished.

The project is a collaboration between Pawtucket Central Falls Development and the Central Falls Nuisance Task Force.

The task force had identified 63 Fletcher St. as one of the worst nuisance properties in the city, and the property was ordered to be vacated after the municipal housing court deemed it uninhabitable.

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