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ProJo: My Turn: Lauren H. Carson: R.I. should address third-party rental platforms

Technology keeps changing everyday life in ways that were unforeseeable only a few years ago. A decade ago, probably few people would have believed that our economy would soon be changed by apps that would let you hail a cab online, or websites that would utilize crowdsource funding for entrepreneurs or charitable causes. Or that, in 2018, a significant portion of travelers would sleep in a stranger’s home instead of a hotel.

ProJo: Editorial: HUD plan would place added burden on poor

How does one square the messages about housing affordability from the federal government? On the one hand, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says people who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs are “housing-cost burdened.” That’s why the government has traditionally helped subsidize housing for low-income people who would otherwise be priced out of the housing market. On the other hand, the agency said this spring it intends to change the rules to raise the housing burden to 35 percent of a household’s gross income. HUD Secretary Ben Carson says the lower subsidies would encourage people to find jobs, or better-paying jobs.

ProJo: Intergenerational Farmers Market Project bridges gap between the ages

Maria Bashide, an 87-year-old immigrant from Cabo Verde, was serious as she leaned forward to tell her adopted netas, granddaughters, some advice on life, in a small conference room at Forand Manor, 30 Washington St. Her gray hair set in place with precision hair-pinning and her eyes closing ever so slightly, so as to convey the seriousness of her intentions.

PBN: RWU students map out possible R.I. transit-development locales

Months of collaboration and partnership with Grow Smart Rhode Island and HousingWorks RI culminated in mid-May when Roger Williams University students presented geographic information system maps identifying locations within the state that are well-suited to transit-oriented development.

Open Position: RICH is Hiring!

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is hiring a HMIS Data Quality Analyst.

ProJo: Report affirms gap between what R.I. renters earn and cost of housing

The gap continues between Rhode Island wages and apartment rental costs, and Rhode Island is the 19th-highest-cost rental market in the country, according to the new “Out of Reach” report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

ProJo: Providence Revolving Fund has new executive director

Carrie Zaslow has been selected to be the new executive director of the Providence Revolving Fund, board president Christine West announced Tuesday.

PBN: House commission recommends changes to affordable housing law

A House legislative commission studying the state’s affordable housing law and compliance among cities and towns has recommended a continuation of its work and a system of credits for the cities and towns meeting the goals.

ProJo: Letter: William Lawlor: Be kind to those who are living on the streets

I would just like to bring everyone’s attention to the invisible homeless. The woman who sleeps underneath the church steps at night who is afraid to speak to people.

ProJo: Editorial: Growing economy brings new challenge

With more young adults and people with college degrees looking to live in Providence, rents in the city have been rising. What might seem surprising, however, is that the most dramatic increases have not come in well-to-do areas, but mostly in a swath of lower-income neighborhoods. As a result, some of the people who live in those areas are being displaced, and a new study warns that as the demand for apartments grows, so could the number of displacements.

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