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Tenant Network RI is hosting a virtual rally and caravan around the State House on 5/28 to urge Gov. Raimondo to respond to the housing crisis facing Rhode Islanders right now.
We are demanding a complete eviction moratorium, cancellation of rent and mortgage payments, and forgiveness of all prior rent and mortgage payment obligations during the declared state of emergency and for 120 days after it is lifted.
On Thursday, May 28, beginning at 12:30 pm, we will be protesting at the RI State House, including pre-determined socially distanced protesters on the courtyard and lawn, an automotive parade on the streets around the State House, and a virtual portion to livestream our protest and host speakers dedicated to our cause of housing as a human right!
Link to the Facebook event page: https://facebook.com/events/599586797340940
Folks can use this form to sign up for participation in this event: https://forms.gle/vToGBkY98VmGgRux9
You can direct any questions or comments regarding this action or the Network's ongoing work to TenantNetworkRI@gmail.com, or to me and I can pass them along. I've also copied Elaina on this email, who is coordinating our Direct Action group, and this event.
The Tenant Network would really love your support/collaboration on this event, along with anyone else who you think should be involved.
Courtesy of The Tenant Network
The Housing Opportunities Initiative (HOI) is a cross-sector coalition of partners that is seeking to transform the state’s under-resourced affordable housing system and create a common agenda to increase the supply of safe, healthy and affordable housing throughout Rhode Island, equitably reducing the housing cost burden for low and moderate income residents over the next decade. Partners are approaching this challenge through concentrated work efforts in four key areas: increasing community engagement in affordable housing issues, reducing high development costs, increasing investment and building capacity in the affordable housing “system”, and making existing homes safer, healthier, and more affordable to maintain.
The HOI employs a collective impact approach in addressing the state’s affordable housing challenge. Collective impact initiatives are characterized by building a common agenda, establishing a system of shared measurement, fostering mutually reinforcing activities, encouraging continuous communication and supported by a strong “backbone” organization. Collective impact principles include a commitment to equity, inclusion, building relationships based on mutual trust and respect, and cultivating leadership skills.
Position Description Overview
The Housing Network of Rhode Island is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to develop and implement a robust community engagement strategy that is focused on building a grassroots network of residents and leaders who are committed to increasing affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income Rhode Islanders and coordinate communications and messaging activities across partners.
Working closely with HNRI staff and partners, the Community Engagement Specialist will build on key recommendations from the HOI Community and Political Engagement Strategy Team, encompassing the following: increasing the public’s understanding of Rhode Island’s lack of affordable housing and the impact this has on our communities’ wellbeing, education, health, and economic development; educating community members about the issues of homelessness and affordable housing; and supporting the communications infrastructure of Housing Opportunities Initiative cross-sector coalition.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities:
Salary: $37,000 – 42,000 annually. Benefits included. Position is full time, 40 hours a week.
Please e-mail a resume and a cover letter explaining interest in the position and qualifications to Ms. Melina Lodge at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
Published/Posted By: The Providence American
Posted: August 19, 2018
Tenants rally against Rhode Island
Housings process of development of the Barbara Jordan II housing project.
Specifically their concerns are the fact that tenants have been left out of the planning process; some tenants being forced to move without plans for temporary re-location until the project is completed.
Hence the tenants have banned together with Dare and it’s Tenant and Homeowner Association to rally and protest against the process that Rhode Island Housing has presented to them. In addition support for rent control in Rhode Island to improve housing opportunities for low-income families.
Rent Control limits rent increases to once per year and no more than 4% or the rise in the cost of living. The rent control process also creates a Rent Board with 3 tenants and 3 landlords who are charged with resolving disputes between tenants and landlords. Assistance is also offered in the event of forced eviction due to rent increases or sale of home and tenants are guaranteed renewable one-year leases. The lack of housing maintenance can result in rent refunds under the rent control system.
To view the complete article, visit Providence American
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By Kate Talerico - March 20, 2018 2:07 pm
PROVIDENCE – The Housing Network of Rhode Island will mark a year of progress in affordable housing at its annual meeting on May 21, where it will honor its 2018 awardees.
The awards celebrate the contributions that partners have made to the Housing Network, a state association that comprises 20 Rhode Island nonprofit community development corporations that address the state’s housing needs.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Business News
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