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For immediate release: September 18, 2018
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Campaign calls on state leaders to invest in more affordable housing funding stream
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 18, 2018) – The “Homes RI” campaign was launched today to shine a spotlight on the increased need for Rhode Island to invest in building more affordable homes in cities and towns across the state, and to call on elected officials to pledge their support for more affordable homes.
Home buyers and renters, including low- and middle-income Rhode Islanders, are facing a housing market that simply cannot meet their needs. Soaring costs for homeownership and rent has resulted in both buyers and renters struggling to find any homes that are affordable statewide.
According to HousingWorks RI, in addition to a lack of existing affordable homes, new inventory is not being built to meet the state’s needs. Just 1,226 building permits were issued in Rhode Island in 2016, with only 25% of those for multi-family units.
The “Homes RI” campaign is a joint effort of United Way of Rhode Island and housing and non-profit organizations, including: Housing Network of Rhode Island, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island, HousingWorks RI, Neighbors 4 Revitalization at the CYC, Rhode Island Community Action Association, R.I. Center for Justice, R.I. Homeless Advocacy Project, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition, and Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
“A safe and affordable home is one of the most basic needs we have, and it’s evident that too many Rhode Islanders are struggling to find one. So far in 2018, our 2-1-1 call center has received nearly 100,000 requests for housing-related help.” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island. “The demand for homes that are affordable in Rhode Island has never been more clear. We must take action.”
In 2016, the Question 7 ‘Housing Opportunity’ bond was passed by voters to provide $50 million for the construction and rehabilitation of more than 800 affordable homeownership and rental housing units across Rhode Island, and to help cities and towns revitalize blighted and foreclosed properties. The bond was estimated to create 1,700 good paying jobs for the state’s building and construction workers, to help local employers attract and retain a strong workforce, and to leverage $160 million in federal and private investment in local communities.
Even with this progress, Rhode Island falls short in comparison to its neighbors, with Massachusetts investing $100 per capita in affordable housing and Connecticut investing $85 per capital in FY2017. Without a consistent funding stream, Rhode Island only invests $5 per capita toward housing. The Homes RI campaign urges greater investment in housing at the state level — an investment that is urgent for Rhode Island families and for a healthy economy.
“Housing that is affordable and safe is critical for all Rhode Islanders. Without it, our children’s education, our seniors’ health, and maintaining our workforce are all at risk,” said Brenda Clement, Director of HousingWorks RI. “The path to economic opportunity begins at your front door.”
The Homes RI campaign will highlight case studies of affordable housing in communities across the state, and will work to build support for greater investment in housing.
For more information on the ‘Homes RI’ campaign, visit www.homesri.org
The New England Housing Network produced and released an infographic, Homes Matter in New England, to further explain how HUD cuts exacerbate housing instability and homelessness in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
To view the Home Matters New England infographic, click here.
By Laura Kusisto
July 31, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET
The construction business is having trouble attracting young job seekers.
The share of workers in the sector who are 24 years old or younger has declined in 48 states since the last housing boom in 2005, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by Issi Romem, chief economist at construction data firm BuildZoom. Nationally, the share of young construction workers declined nearly 30% from 2005 through 2016, according to Mr. Romem.
While there’s no single reason why younger folks are losing interest in a job that is generally well-paid and doesn’t require a college education, their indifference is exacerbating a labor shortage that has meant fewer homes being built and rising prices, possibly for years to come.
The U.S. had 11.7 million construction workers in 2005, but that peak fell to 10.8 million in 2010 amid the housing crisis. Even as the economy and housing market recovered, the number of workers continued to fall, hitting 10.2 million in 2016, according to Mr. Romem. Declining numbers of immigrant construction workers have made the problem worse.
The loss of young workers, in particular, is “a scar from which the construction industry has yet to recover,” he said.
To view the complete article, visit Wall Street Journal
Courtesy of Wall Street Journal
The Housing Network of Rhode Island and NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley open their HomeSafe Application today: http://neighborworksbrv.org/posts/homesafe/. To be eligible, households must have a qualifying short-term housing emergency, have lived in RI since May 1, 2019 and meet income eligibility (at or below 50% Area Median Income).
Courtesy of Homes RI
Housing Network of RI is hiring a full-time Communications Specialist for Homes RI.
This is an important position to Homes RI as this person will be responsible for managing external communications, coordinating messaging, and supporting outreach and engagement in Homes RI.
HNRI is the State’s membership organization for non-profit agencies that are committed to the development of affordable homes and vibrant communities across Rhode Island. HNRI is the backbone organization for Homes RI. HNRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, country of ancestral origin, religion, disability, familial status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or status as a victim of domestic violence. Whenever practicable, HNRI will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.
Homes RI is a coalition of organizations working together to increase and preserve the supply of safe, healthy and affordable homes throughout Rhode Island. We believe Rhode Island can and should be a state where all residents are able to live in safe, healthy and affordable homes in thriving communities.
HNRI is seeking a passionate individual to execute strategic communications for Homes RI and support resident-centered engagement activities for the effort. This position will focus on implementing strategies to increase community engagement and motivate the public and policymakers to drive change that will result in increased affordable homes for Rhode Islanders. This encompasses managing overall external communications for Homes RI, coordinating strategic messaging among partners, and supporting engagement of diverse participants.
Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time, non-exempt position of 40 hours per week. Salary range is
$42,000 - $45,000 annually. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, three personal days/year, paid vacation days, paid sick time, bereavement leave, health and dental insurance, eligibility to participate in employer- sponsored 403(b) retirement plan, access to professional development opportunities, and mileage reimbursement.
Work Hours and Schedule: HNRI hours of business are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. It is expected that employees will generally follow this schedule and complete work in the office. Following satisfactory completion of a 90-day introductory period, the employee may arrange a flexible work schedule that includes off-site work with their immediate supervisor and approval from the Executive Director. Out-of-office time should not exceed more than 40% of the employee’s total weekly hours (16 hours/week for a 40-hour/week position).
Supervision: This position will report to the Housing Opportunities Initiative Manager Katie West.
Equipment and supplies: The Housing Network of Rhode Island is an open office with cubicles. The employee will be furnished with an individual cube, laptop (with Microsoft Office Suite) and monitor, and landline telephone with wireless printer access. The building has a gate-entry parking lot/street parking, accessible entrance with ramp, and an elevator. It is accessible by public transit on the RIPTA R-Line.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 11:00pm on Sunday, January 26 to Ms. Katie West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
Courtesy of Housing Network of RI
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