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Thank you for your participation this past year in the planning process for the Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and the Annual Action Plan.
Despite COVID-19 associated delays, these documents will be posted for public comment starting on May 25th. You will be able to review them at http://ohcd.ri.gov/ or https://www.rihousing.com/public-information/
If you would like to provide comments, please submit them to Alison Neirinckx at (401) 457-1149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to submit comments is 12:00PM (noon) on June 8, 2020.
If you require a hard copy of the any of the plans, please contact Alison.
Additionally, a public hearing will be hosted online at 5:00 PM on June 3, 2020. You may join the virtual hearing via:
or by phone at 646-558-8656, using Meeting ID: 845 8669 1729
Thank you for your input into this process.
Manager of Research and Evaluation
Courtesy of RIHousing
Public Notice/Public Comment Period: State of Rhode Island Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Suspended: Public Notices published in the Providence Journal (March 16, 2020) and the Spanish-language newspaper Nuevos Horizontes (March 13, 2020) stated that the State of Rhode Island’s Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice would be posted to RIHousing's Website starting March 23, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the posting of these documents has been suspended until further notice. Additionally, the Public Hearing originally scheduled for April 8, 2020, is also suspended until further notice.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
The competitive funding round for the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) assistance programs is currently open.
In order to protect the health and safety of RIHousing staff and our development partners, and in line with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for preventing person-to-person transmission of COVID-19, we are advising all applications for the 2020 spring round of the HOME and HTF programs be submitted by email to both Eric Alexander at email@example.com and Lauren Farley at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM.
Submission at RIHousing’s office will not be accepted.
In addition, a scrivener’s error in the HOME scoring criteria included with the RFP was identified. Revised scoring criteria, consistent with the Program Year 2019 Annual Action Plan, can be found here.
HOME/HTF Funding Round Application Update
The Request for Proposals, application, and complete submission materials are found on the RIHousing website and via the below links.
All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you have questions about the HOME or HTF programs, please contact:
HOME/ HTF 2020 RFP:
PRO FORMA / INSTRUCTIONS:
FOR CHDO’S ONLY:
Courtesy of RIHousing
Pleased by the favorable reception the Planning Board gave the Cherry Hill Lane affordable housing development on May 9, the members of the Block Island Housing Board turned toward implementing that project and others at their May 15 meeting.
“We were thrilled with the Planning Board's support, and look forward to their decision,” Housing Board Chair Cindy Pappas said. The five-home subdivision off Cooneymus Road has been the target of neighbors' objections throughout the permitting process.
Once the Planning Board issues a decision — expected at its June meeting — the next pending issue will be preparing Requests for Proposals for construction, Pappas told the Housing Board. She added that Town Manager Ed Roberge has volunteered to help, drawing on his expertise in developing RFPs.
An infrastructure RFP comes first, and will include the access road, drainage and septic systems, wells, water lines and other underground utilities.
“We know the road standards,” Pappas continued, referring to engineering protocols for the right of way that will serve the new homes and provide a throughway to abutting properties. The septic system design is done and awaiting approval by the state. Member John Spier advised including the final landscaping in the infrastructure RFP, to ensure that the first site work will not have to be redone at the end. Landscape design has been one of the sticking points with the abutting property owners.
To view the complete article, visit The Block Island Times
Courtesy of The Block Island Times
Whether the new homes will use modular or stick-built construction is also yet to be determined. Pappas said she will follow up with a modular home builder in Connecticut, and Spier said he will keep in contact with the project's architect, Frank Karpowicz.
Consulting on Merck project
The Housing Board is working with island property owner Josie Merck on the sale of two existing homes, converting them to affordable housing units in the process. Kim Gaffett represented Merck at the meeting to discuss agreements and covenants that will apply to those homes. The homes will be occupied by the current tenants.
“It's well in Joe [Priestley]'s hands,” Gaffett said, referring to Merck's attorney; “he has all the templates.” Gaffett said some “site-specific” conditions may be added, such as limiting mowing of open space and agreements to share maintenance costs of a well and an access road.
Other provisions could establish precedents for future affordable housing projects on the island: Requiring a homeowners' association be created — even for a two-unit development — with a member of the Housing Board serving as an “arbitrator” between the owners, in Spier's phrase; and allowing the owners' children to inherit the property, with the original covenants and conditions continuing to apply.
“We will say the kids can inherit unless told otherwise,” said Gaffett.
Pappas replied that while the Housing Board hasn't taken a position on inheritance policies, “The point is to keep the house in the affordable pool in perpetuity.”
“That's what we're striving for,” Gaffett said. “We're still optimistic that the details will all work out.” Merck's proposal will go before the Planning Board in June.
The Housing Board commented briefly on two other housing matters. Spier said of a parcel recently acquired from the Ball-O'Brien families, “We'll decide what we want to do, and then find out what we can do.”
Pappas replied that she was “still hoping for a mix of homeownership and rental housing” on that parcel, which is adjacent to the E. Searles Ball rental apartments on West Side Road. Spier noted that “homeownership tends to produce a better neighborhood than just rental.”
Pappas also reported that Town Manager Roberge had recently convened a meeting to talk about housing. “Obviously, the town is very interested in housing issues,” she said, noting the vote at the Financial Town Meeting to issue bonds to construct housing for town employees on the Thomas property across High Street from the Block Island School.
However, the Thomas property is not an affordable housing project as described now, she said.
RIHousing and the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) are hosting the second round of public meetings to solicit input on proposed recommendations related to housing and community development in Rhode Island.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here to learn more.
Monday, February 24, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Auditorium, Westerly Public Library
44 W Broad St, Westerly
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Dining Hall, Amos House
460 Pine St, Providence
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Ballroom, Edward King Housing
35 King St, Newport
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Dear Members, Partners and Friends,
Thank you for registering for NLIHC’s 2020 Housing Policy Forum, scheduled to take place on March 25-27. Other NLIHC events planned that week include our state partners’ meeting, a special session for resident leaders, a Capitol Hill Day, and our annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception.
With coronavirus spreading in the United States, and with the health and safety of all attendees, their families, and their communities as our top priority, we are regretfully cancelling the Housing Policy Forum and Capitol Hill Day and postponing the Housing Leadership Awards Reception. We will refund you 100% of your registration fee and will process your refunds soon.
This is an extremely difficult decision given how hard the NLIHC team has planned for what I am certain would have been an outstanding conference, and how much we were looking forward to reconnecting, learning, strategizing, and building power with all of you. But you have important work to do back home in your communities, and we need our movement to end homelessness and housing poverty to be healthy and strong.
There is still much we don’t know about the virus and its spread, and health professionals are providing practical ways people can protect themselves and their communities (see: https://bit.ly/2TFCUSA). Here’s what we do know: the CDC has issued guidance advising that people over 60 years old or those with underlying health conditions should avoid crowds. Many of our conference participants meet this definition. Additionally, the CDC recommended issuing guidance that seniors and people with underlying health issues not fly on commercial airlines because of the coronavirus, but the White House would not allow such guidance to be issued. We take this guidance from our country’s leading health professionals very seriously.
Ultimately, we concluded that we simply cannot risk having our gathering contribute to illness for you or for the people and communities you work with back home.
If you have already scheduled time during Capitol Hill Day with your member of Congress or their staff, keep the time on your calendars and turn the meeting into a call!It is as important as ever to share our policy priorities with policymakers.A rescheduled webinar on NLIHC’s policy priorities - when we’ll launch our new Legislative Action Center - will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can register at this link.
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