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FY2014 State budget heads to Governor's desk

With a 32 to 6 vote, the Senate late last week approved the FY2014 State budget previously approved by the House of Representatives.

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Online survey seeks your input

Rhode Map RI is asking for public input to answer the question How can we make Rhode Island a globally competitive place to work and run a business?

To share your point of view, simply complete the online survey and join the conversation. You can choose up to three from a list of responses, including adding more affordable housing.

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Joint Center for Housing Studies releases annual report

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies yesterday afternoon released their annual housing report, The State of the Nation's Housing 2013. A live webcast featuring a panel of housing experts accompanied the release, briefly discussing the major themes running throughout the report. This year the focus was largely on housing affordability, specifically for low- to moderate-income Americans. The report raises concerns about the growing number of severely cost burdened households nationwide, falling rates of homeownership, a shortage of affordable housing, and weak income growth.

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June 30th: Jim Vincent Show

On Sunday, June 30th at 9 a.m., tune in to the Jim Vincent Show as HousingWorks RI's Research and Policy Assistant, Jessica Cigna, sits down to discuss our latest Special Report: The Complete Approach to Funding Affordable Housing.

The Jim Vincent Show can be seen every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on CW 28 (Cox/ Verizon 9) and Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. on Cox 13 and Verizon 32.

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Collaboration between Housing Nonprofits and Local Government: Join the Webcast

Across the nation, both nonprofits and local governments are grappling with how to meet their communities housing needs with fewer or decreased resources. Recognizing this shared endeavor, Habitat for Humanity International commissioned the Urban Institute to examine what tools are necessary to "build strong, sustainable collaborations to meet communities' post-recession challenges."

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Congressman Langevin to discuss sequestration

Congressman James Langevin this week will visit Omni Development Corporation's Turning Point II development, where he will talk about the impact of sequestration on housing programs. The Congressman will also gather feedback from members of the affordable housing community regarding their concerns about cutbacks in affordable housing.

Turning Point II is proposed to be rehabilitated as 13 efficiency apartments for homeless veterans. The Congressman will discuss how the sequestration, on top of other cuts to Federal Housing programs, will make it more difficult for developments such as these to move forward.

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Conference materials available online

The Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing recently hosted Housing Opportunity 2013, their 5th annual housing conference.

Nearly 300 real estate and community development professionals from across the globe gathered in Seattle for the event, which explored a range of housing issues.

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Sixth Annual Women Helping Women event

On Wednesday, April 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., join Crossroads Rhode Island as they host their Sixth Annual Women Helping Women event at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.

Women Helping Women is a fundraising event hosted by women for women, the proceeds of which support the shelter and programs for women at Crossroads.

You may register or donate online by visiting www.crossroadsri.org. For more information or questions, please call or email Pat Campellone at 277-4330 or pcampellone@crossroadsri.org.

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Remembering John Joyce

John Joyce, the co-founder of the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHAP), passed away last week. John was a tireless grassroots organizer who worked to engage homeless and formerly homeless individuals in efforts to end homelessness.

During his career, John authored and advocated for the passage of the Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights, the first of its kind in the nation. He also collaborated with RIHAP to introduce and pass the Homeless Hate Crimes Bill.

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New York Times Editorial: "Fight for the Housing Trust Fund"

A recent Editorial in The New York Times cites the lack of affordable housing as "one of America's most vexing problems," and urges that "more must be done to create affordable housing." Specifically, the piece suggests the new Congress should put money into the National Housing Trust Fund.

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