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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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Q1 2014 Foreclosures in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q1 2014. The report looks at the number of foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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The New York Times: A Right to a Lawyer to Save Your Home

By: The Editorial Board, September 23, 2016

There are few legal fights more lopsided than landlords suing to evict their lower-income tenants.

In New York City’s housing court, it’s usually a team of lawyers representing the landlord going against a tenant, unrepresented and alone. The claims for eviction vary — the tenant owes months of back rent, or is not named on the lease. If the landlord doesn’t win, very often the tenant is muscled out with threats and harassment.

Many others are pushed out when landlords — eager to raise rents or demolish buildings to make way for pricey new developments — illegally withhold basic services like heat and hot water, or offer paltry buyouts.

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September 26, 2016 in Media Interest

2016 Housing Fact Book Released

The Housing Fact Book presents a detailed portrait of housing affordability throughout the Ocean State, where both renters and homeowners (particularly the state’s lower and middle income groups) face high rates of housing cost burden. A household is considered cost burdened when it spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing.

Housing cost burdens continue to persist in the Ocean State. From 2000 to 2014, the percent of both homeowner and renter households that are considered cost burdened increased in Rhode Island. Currently, about half of all Rhode Island renter households, 1 in 3 homeowner households with a mortgage, and 1 in 5 homeowner households without a mortgage are housing cost burdened.

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2016 Housing Fact Book Luncheon: Register Now!

Of the 40% renter households in Rhode Island, 8,587 experienced eviction in 2014 according to the State District Court System. Housing cost burdens contribute to housing instability in Rhode Island. With more than half of Rhode Island renter households remaining cost burdened, maintaining stable housing is a struggle for many families throughout the Ocean State.

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The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Searches for New Executive Director

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking their next Executive Director!

The ideal candidate has knowledge and experience in social justice and system-change work, is an energetic leader with demonstrated financial and organizational management skills, who can engage others in their mission, embraces and encourages coalition and movement building and is comfortable working with low-income and marginalized populations. If you think you have want it takes click here to find out more! If you know someone that is the perfect fit please share this with them.

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HousingWorks RI Welcomes Brenda J. Clement as Director.

After a thorough search for new leadership, Roger Williams University has appointed Brenda J. Clement to serve as Director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University.

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Q4 2015 Quarterly Foreclosure Report

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for the fourth quarter of 2015 (Q4 2015). The report looks at the number of residential foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional and earlier time period comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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Q3 2015 Quarterly Foreclosure Report

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q3 2015. The report looks at the number of residential foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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Board Chair Richard Staples Jr. To Serve As Interim Leader Of HousingWorks RI at RWU

Roger Williams University has appointed Richard Staples Jr. to serve as interim director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University – where he has served on the policy group’s advisory board since 2004 and named chair in July – while it launches a search for a permanent leader.

A veteran of the financial services and mortgage industries, Staples brings more than 25 years experience to the role. For nearly 13 years, he served as a community development and lending specialist with mortgage loan company Fannie Mae. Previously, he was senior vice president for community reinvestment and regulatory compliance at the Peoples Savings Bank of Brockton (now Webster Bank). He’s also held leadership roles at Fleet Financial Group and Bank of New England.

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