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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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Providence Journal: $11.2M housing project in Pawtucket a cause to celebrate

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — By the end of July, it will be an active construction site. But on Saturday afternoon, the corner of East and Branch streets was the scene of a neighborhood block party organized by Pawtucket Central Falls Development.

Balloons, face painting and games for children were all part of the fun, along with music and food. About 100 people attended the event.

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Pratt Center Research: Making Room for Housing and Jobs

REPORT | MAY 4, 2015

Making Room for Housing and Jobs examines how rezoning industrial areas to provide space for housing may actually undermine housing affordability if high-wage industrial jobs are replaced with low-wage jobs in retailing and neighborhood services. To avoid pitting housing against jobs, the study recommends the creation of Industrial Employment Districts, a new type of zoning that would strengthen existing Industrial Business Zones (IBZs). Reducing real estate speculation and allowing greater industrial density in solid industrial areas would give business owners the security they need to invest in new technologies that improve competitiveness, create jobs and promote climate resiliency.

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Providence Journal: Arts group describes plans for Providence’s Wedding Cake House

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

The Dirt Palace feminist arts collaborative plans “to transform this important property into an artist-in-residence hub as well as a bed and breakfast for arts/culture tourists and researchers,” according to the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two artists from the Dirt Palace feminist arts collaborative in Olneyville say they hope to complete renovations at the Wedding Cake House at 514 Broadway within 18 months.

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JCHS: Growing Demand and Tight Supply are Lifting Home Prices and Rents, Fueling Concerns about Housing Affordability

CAMBRIDGE, MA – A decade after the onset of the Great Recession, the national housing market has, by many measures, returned to normal, according to the latest State of the Nation’s Housing report, being released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Housing demand, home prices, and construction volumes are all on the rise, and the number of distressed homeowners has fallen sharply. However, along with strengthening demand, extremely tight supplies of both for-sale and for-rent homes are pushing up housing costs and adding to ongoing concerns about affordability. At last count in 2015, the report notes, nearly 19 million US households paid more than half of their incomes for housing.

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PBN: SWAP, R.I. Housing continue efforts to revitalize South Providence

By Liz Lee - June 13, 2017

PROVIDENCE – The nonprofit community development corporation Stop Wasting Abandoned Property in partnership with R.I. Housing, will commence “Revitalize Southside,” the next phase of its long-term plan to revitalize South Providence, it announced on Tuesday.

Revitalize Southside targets various neighborhoods in both upper and lower South Providence, including building rehabilitation on Somerset, Pearl, Providence, and Tanner Streets, and new construction on Arch, Bridgham, Lester, Broad, and Public streets, as well as Prairie Ave. The buildings and new developments include affordable housing, new commercial space for local businesses, and mixed-use community space.

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PBN: Sens. Reed & Whitehouse announce $25.5M in federal community-development funds for R.I.

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Sens. Jack F. Reed and Sheldon T. Whitehouse announced $25.5 million for Rhode Island in community-development and neighborhood revitalization funds for the fiscal year 2017 in a press release on Wednesday.

Full numbers for federal programs had not been previously announced because Congress did not pass a full-year budget until May 5.

The money comes from five federal funds, the Community Development Block Grant, the Home Investment Partnerships Program, the Emergency Shelter Grant, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and the Housing Trust Fund. Each program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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HUD: Community Planning and Development Program Formula Allocations for FY 2017

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been enacted. These spreadsheets provide full-year allocations for the Office of Community Planning and Development's (CPD) formula programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG); and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).

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Office of PD&R, HUD: Assessment of ARRA Green and Energy Retrofits in HUD-Subsidized Housing

Authors: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentOffice of Policy Development and Research

Release Date: June 2017 (71 pages)

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PBN: Some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods are attracting developers. Residents want a say in what happens next

By Mary MacDonald

Doug Victor, a 32-year resident of the Elmwood neighborhood in South Providence, wants to encourage economic development there that will help create jobs and services for local people.

But he and other residents are wary of development launched with little public engagement, citing plans for a relocated state parole office in an adjoining neighborhood.

“Four zip codes, and it wasn’t vetted in the community,” Victor said. “We found out about it after it was already authorized by the state.”

Now, as ground-up construction and redevelopment reach across Interstate 95 from the downtown to some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the new investments are eliciting mixed feelings.

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