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Posted Apr 26, 2018 at 4:44 PM
Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 4:44 PM
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Rhode Island Housing Board of Commissioners approved financing and low-income-housing tax credits Thursday for three affordable developments, one each in Lincoln, North Kingstown and Providence.
The board also approved a $500,000 revolving loan for ONE Neighborhood Builders, a nonprofit community-development organization in Providence, to buy and rehabilitate or build new affordable properties to sell to first-time home buyers in the Olneyville and Elmwood neighborhoods in Providence.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Residents and advocates on Monday night had the chance to voice their opinions about the redevelopment of Barbara Jordan II, a 74-unit affordable housing project that has been vacant for about two years.
The units, which are spread across 27 buildings in South Providence, fell into deplorable conditions after years of neglect and residents were forced to leave. Rhode Island Housing took over ownership of the properties and will eventually seek out a developer to rebuild and rehabilitate the units.
In the meantime, Camiros, a Chicago-based consulting agency, is leading a public engagement process to hear from community members about their hopes for the project.
“We want to make sure that low-income people have affordable housing,” said Malchus Mills, vice chairman of DARE, a Providence organization that advocates for low-income residents. “We don’t want people to be cost-burdened.”
Updated: Sep 3, 2018 at 2:52 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Housing authorities in the capital city and Pawtucket will receive nearly $2 million in federal grants to assess and fix lead-paint hazards in older units, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced on Monday. Under the grants, the Pawtucket Housing Authority will receive $1 million, and the Providence Housing Authority $974,400.
Despite progress in the years since lead has been removed from new paint production, children living in older housing with old paint in the two cities remain at elevated risk for poisoning from the metal, which can cause long-term and irreversible cognitive deficits.
“Every child deserves a safe and healthy home,” Reed said in a statement. “Eliminating lead-based paint hazards from public housing is both a moral and economic imperative, and Congress must do its part to protect at-risk children and families. Lead poisoning is a preventable tragedy, and these grants will help prevent kids from being exposed to harmful lead-based paint hazards in their homes.”
A media release from the senator’s office put the risks in context: “Lead poisoning disproportionately affects the lives of children from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds and can have lifelong, irreversible consequences, including severely inhibiting healthy development and compromising learning ability.”
The senator’s office cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, which show that “at least 4 million U.S. households are being exposed to high levels of lead.”
Exposure at a young age, when the brain is still developing, Reed’s office noted, “poses not only serious immediate health consequences, but may also permanently jeopardize potential for upward social mobility throughout adulthood. Children who are exposed to lead hazards are seven times more likely to drop out of school and six times more likely to end up in the juvenile justice system.”
By Christine Dunn
Journal Staff Writer
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at 12:09 PM
Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 12:09 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A financing package for a 42-unit affordable housing development in the Georgiaville section of Smithfield was approved Thursday by the Rhode Island Housing Board of Commissioners.
The board unanimously approved $837,000 in 2018 low-income housing tax credits, a first mortgage of $190,000, and a second mortgage of $379,000.
The total cost of the development, called Georgiaville Village Green, has increased from $10.4 million to $11.1 million since the board voted for preliminary approval in May 2016. The cost jump is primarily due to environmental cleanup costs, the need for a sewer lift station and the inclusion of a solar array.
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Updated: Sep 14, 2018 at 8:28 PM
State and local leaders gathered Friday at one of the newly redone buildings in the Barbara Jordan I affordable housing complex to share updates on the status of a $50-million renovation project. The scattered-site complex consists of 193 Section 8 housing units spread across 82 buildings in the area of Burnside Street.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State and local leaders gathered Friday at one of the newly redone buildings in the Barbara Jordan I affordable housing complex to share updates on the status of a $50-million renovation project.
No tenants are being displaced during the renovations, said Eugene Schneur, managing director of Omni New York, but when the project began, about 30 units were vacant.
By Christine Dunn
Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than 200 residents of the Hartford Parks and Manton Heights public housing developments have enrolled in Jobs Plus, a grant-funded program run by the Providence Housing Authority.
Staffers from the PHA, local officials and partners, and Jobs Plus participants met Thursday morning to mark the progress of the program, which launched in April.
The PHA received a four-year, $2.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to run the Jobs Plus program. The PHA was one of 24 public housing authorities in the country selected for the competitive grant program.
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