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Applications are now open for Host Organizations to join the fall 2019-2020 class of Rose Fellows. DEADLINE is Friday, November 9.
Organizations apply to join the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship because they seek to leverage the power of design and creativity to tackle issues of equity, opportunity, and sustainability in the communities they serve. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow is a passionate, full-time team member dedicated to this pursuit for two years. Fellows become fully emerged in the work of the organization and become a resource that allows their organization to pursue innovative efforts that might not otherwise be possible. All fellows hold a professional degree in architecture or landscape architecture, and many are pursuing licensure or are already licensed.
Fellowships focus on a range of topics, including: resident-oriented design, health and housing, community engagement, collaborative design processes, creative placemaking, and resilience and sustainability. Enterprise partners with the host organization to select the fellow and provides mentorship and training to the fellow over the two-year period. By participating in the national cohort of fellows and hosts, both have the opportunity to share their work and connect with peers from across the country and bring innovative ideas and best practices back to their local communities. Hosts also support the fellow by providing a comprehensive workplan, day-to-day supervision, a stimulating work environment, and fringe benefits.
Prospective host organizations are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship team before submitting an application. The application requires:
Host organizations must demonstrate:
The fellow receives an annual stipend paid through the host organization’s payroll. The exact amount of the stipend will be determined by Enterprise to attract competitive candidates.
Enterprise has some funding available to subsidize the stipend through a grant to the host organization. Organizations receiving this funding must have 501(c)(3) or Tribally-Designated Housing Entity Status.
Enterprise continually seeks local and national funds to help cover the Fellowship program costs. The application requests you provide a list of potential funders that might be interested in supporting the Fellowship. During the application process, host organizations should speak with the Rose Fellowship Program Director regarding fundraising needs and opportunities.
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Courtesy of Enterprise
Posted May 25, 2018 at 12:33 PM
Updated May 25, 2018 at 9:25 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Several speakers at HousingWorks RI’s forum on gentrification on Friday said they don’t need an academic study to tell them that many longtime city residents are getting priced out of the housing market.
City Council member Luis Aponte said it’s almost impossible to find an apartment in South Providence today because so many houses are being purchased by investors who renovate them and then rent them for ”$650 or $750 a month, per bedroom” to students.
“We see a direct impact,” he said. “It makes the cost of housing for families skyrocket.” Aponte represents Ward 10, which includes the neighborhoods of Lower South Providence and Washington Park.
Aponte said the city’s “meds and eds” — medical and educational institutions — need to do more to address the city’s affordable housing problem. He said every time Brown University buys a new building, it’s a positive for the new jobs it will bring, but it often takes another building off the tax rolls, and puts more pressure on the housing market.
On Friday, HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University released a report, “You Don’t Have A Problem Until You Do: Revitalization and Gentrification in Providence, Rhode Island.” It was adapted from a master’s thesis written by Fay Strongin, who studied city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Strongin attended a Friday morning session at RWU’s Providence campus to discuss her findings, along with a panel that included Teresa Guaba, of the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet; Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders; Ana Novais of the Rhode Island Department of Health; and Taino Palermo of Roger Williams University. The discussion was moderated by Brenda Clement, executive director of HousingWorks.
Strongin’s report documented that several neighborhoods in Providence, including those clustered near downtown and Federal Hill, have experienced rent increases between 2000 and 2015 that far outpaced those seen in other sections of the city.
While the citywide median rent jumped 26.1 percent between 2000 and 2015, some neighborhoods experienced a 47.8-percent average increase in median gross rent, nearly double the growth citywide, and nearly triple the increase seen in non-gentrifying neighborhoods, where rents increased by 16.2 percent, Strongin found.
The report defines gentrification as a process in which housing costs rise after new investment comes into “historically disinvested” low-income neighborhoods.
Guaba said she is a longtime Providence resident and has seen residents displaced from Fox Point due to gentrification, and she sees a similar trend happening now in South Providence.
“It’s not rocket science, because I think we all know what’s going on,” she said.
Novais, a resident of Pawtucket, said that city is also experiencing gentrification.
Clement said in Providence, unlike cities where housing costs have spiraled out of sight, “we’re early enough in the process to control it,” by being proactive.
Panelists discussed options including inclusionary zoning, which is requiring new housing developments to have a percentage of affordable units, and more incentive-based options, such as rewarding developers with more density if they include affordable units.
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Courtesy of Providence Journal
A gubernatorial forum and debate between the 2018 candidates will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Road in Warwick, RI.
This forum will be focused on the issue of affordable housing, with the debate portion of the night to be moderated by Bill Rappleye of NBC 10.
Doors open at 6:30PM, the event will begin at 7PM, and is set to conclude by 9PM.
Attendees will be encouraged to actively participate and raise topics, questions, and issues for discussion.
Future forums are planned regarding the issues of: healthcare, "A tale of two Rhode Islands", and economic success.
Candidates confirmed for this event are, in no particular order:
Paul Roselli, Democrat
Spencer Dickinson, Democrat
Giovanni Feroce, Republican
TBA, Moderate Party
Invitations have also been extended to candidates Allan Fung (R), Patricia Morage (R), Matt Brown (D), Joe Trillo (I) and incumbent Gina Raimondo (D) but their attendance has not yet been confirmed.
To get up to date information, visit the Facebook Page of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island or RSVP here
Courtesy of North Kingstown Patch
The Acquisition and Revitalization Program ("ARP") will stabilize neighborhoods and communities by strategically targeting blighted residential and commercial properties and vacant lots in need of redevelopment.
ARP provides an incentive to qualified developers to purchase and redevelop blighted properties in Rhode Island. Financing is available to non- and for-profit developers, municipalities and public housing authorities. Eligible properties include residential, commercial and vacant lots located in Rhode Island that are determined to be blighted and that are part of a revitalization plan or strategy.
Funding Announcement (click here)
Summary Guidelines (click here)
Program Review Criteria (click here)
ARP Application (click here)
ARP Proforma (click here)
For questions regarding the program, please contact Eric Alexander, Assistant Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Belinda Lill, Program Coordinator/Ancillary Financing at email@example.com.
Courtesy of US News
By KENDRA GRAVELLE | Oct 20, 2018
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