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WPRI: Providence will soon have giving meters to help homeless

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter

Published: August 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Elorza administration is finalizing its plan to install 10 giving meters in neighborhoods across the city as part of an effort to help people in need of housing and other support programs.

Mayor Jorge Elorza first proposed the program last November, but the city is only now laying out a process for donation stations and an online giving portal, according to Victor Morente, a spokesperson for the city.

Morente said installation will begin by the end of the month.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments: Fair Housing Funds, Airbnb + Rent Increases

  • HUD announced yesterday that it is making $38 million available to organizations to fight housing discrimination through the agency’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants will be offered through three FHIP notices to support a variety of fair housing activities, including fair housing testing in the rental and sales markets, public education efforts, capacity building, and education and outreach. HUD must receive all applications for the grants by September 18, 2017.

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RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty: Youth Count! Survey

Participate in RI's first ever Youth Count

With your help, we can identify and address the needs of young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Rhode Island.

Are you 24 years old or younger?

Are you currently experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity?

Please complete an anonymous and confidential Youth Count Survey & receive a gift card.

Survey responses will help us expand funding and available services.

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The Valley Breeze: NeighborWorks wins $200K in AmeriCorps funding

WOONSOCKET – NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $199,715 through Serve Rhode Island to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will provide housing assistance to economically disadvantaged renter households, many of whom are at-risk for homelessness, and transition them into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

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ICPH: 30 years of homeless student education

This Saturday, July 15, marks the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act--the landmark legislation that mandated the removal of barriers to education for homeless children. Today, while there is still much work to do, we've made great strides in understanding more about how homelessness impacts children, and how educators can support them in receiving an education that will lift them out of poverty.

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The Valley Breeze: Homelessness on the rise as rents climb

One city elementary school trying to help its 11 homeless families

By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

PAWTUCKET – Three years ago, staff at Cunningham Elementary School knew of just one homeless family at the school. Last year, that number grew to five families. This year? Cunningham is home to students from 11 homeless families.

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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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RICH: Please Join Us at the State House on May 10th!

Join Us at the State House for 2017 "Power of Community" Advocacy Day

Wednesday, May 10th

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2nd floor at the State House

82 Smith Street * Providence

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Providence Journal: Concentrated poverty, concentrated problems

By Casby Harrison III

By now it is well known that a large contingent of South Providence opposes former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino’s proposal to create 140 units of housing for the homeless at the former St. Joseph Hospital in zip code 02907.

The essence of these neighborhood concerns is that poverty is being concentrated in South Providence in a manner that is not occurring in other neighborhoods. Poverty is one thing, but concentrated poverty is an entirely different animal. The U.S. Census, HUD and a large body of social science literature define concentrated poverty as an area with 20 to 40 percent of the population living below the federal poverty line.

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Reed, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness from Being Shuttered

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to prevent and end homelessness, and ensure that states and communities have a comprehensive strategy and coordinated support from the federal government, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (the Council). The Council is an independent agency that coordinates federal efforts to efficiently and effectively combat homelessness, working across 19 federal agencies and departments and with partners in both the public and private sector to find ways to streamline and improve service delivery to people experiencing homelessness.

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