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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 Matt Sheley | Staff Writer, April 6, 2018
NEWPORT, R.I. — Aquidneck Island is an expensive place to live — on that most people can agree. But what to do about it?
Members of the local legislative delegation told a crowd of about 100 people Thursday morning at the local Community College of Rhode Island campus they’re more than aware of the reality — and more needs to be done to help make Newport County affordable.
They agreed it’s not an easy issue to tackle, especially since the area is such a desirable place to live, and finding solutions will require creativity.
The discussion came up during the third annual Newport County Legislative Forum, sponsored by the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission in partnership with The Newport Daily News and CCRI.
“It’s such an important discussion,” said Sen. Dawn Euer, D-Newport. “There’s nothing more fundamental to a family than being able to go home and have a roof over your head at night.”
“One of the things that I’ve been thinking about is I would love to see a partnership between members of the assembly delegation and the City Council leadership in Newport,” said Rep. Lauren Carson, D-Newport. “I think that solutions are state-based and municipally based and I would encourage a task force or a conversation around a real diagnosis of what the problems are and some real brainstorming about how the state and municipalities can work better.”
According to statistics in the 2017 Housing Fact Book put out by HousingWorksRI, homebuyers need to make at least $113,419 annually to buy a median-priced home in Newport. The figures were $135,731 in Jamestown, $95,815 in Middletown, $95,670 in Portsmouth and $70,231 in Tiverton.
To “affordably” rent a two-bedroom apartment in Newport, people need to bring in $60,320, compared to $66,040 in Jamestown, $56,280 in Middletown, $68,560 in Portsmouth and $57,280 in Tiverton.
The report shows that a big part of the problem is that except for Newport, none of the communities in Newport County meet the 10 percent goal for low- or moderate-income housing. HousingWorksRI statistics show that 15.3 percent of housing in Newport meets that criterion, but only 4.4 percent in Jamestown, 5.4 percent in Middletown, 2.8 percent in Portsmouth and 5.1 percent in Tiverton.
Rep. Kenneth Mendonca, R-Portsmouth, agreed something has to be done or Newport County will continue to lose population. Among the ideas he suggested was getting creative with zoning and loosening density rules for suitable properties. He also suggested the town of Portsmouth look into the former Navy tank farm properties along Defense Highway for affordable housing.
“We live in an area that’s highly desirable, so you have a lot of short-term rentals, which drives up the costs and the price of homes, which makes it very difficult,” Mendonca said. “We know we’re an aging population, that it’s important that we retain our youth or that we attract our youth into our communities. As the prices drive up, it makes it harder for them to have a starter home here on the island.”
Legislators participating in the forum were Sen. Louis DiPalma, D-Middletown; Rep. James Seveney, D-Portsmouth; Euer; Carson; Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, D-Jamestown; and Mendonca.
Moderator Neil Steinberg of the Rhode Island Foundation said schedule conflicts prevented Reps. Marvin Abney, D-Newport; Dennis Canario, D-Portsmouth; Susan Donovan, D-Bristol; and Jay Edwards, D-Tiverton; and Sen. Walter Felag, D-Warren, from attending.
The group dug into several weighty issues, including ways to improve mass transportation and support for Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposal to spend $250 million in bond money to improve school facilities.
During a question-and-answer session, the panel was asked questions about proposal to ban semiautomatic rifles, the opioid crisis, the Base Realignment and Closure Process for Naval Station Newport and other topics.
Ruggiero said she supports Raimondo’s school bond proposal. She said anyone who’s been through the schools knows most of them need more work than the host communities can afford.
“We have not passed, in the state of Rhode Island, a school construction bond in almost 30 years,” Ruggiero said. “Think about that. That’s like two generations of kids going through these schools and I say that because if you look at Massachusetts, they have passed seven school construction bonds in the past 10 years.”
DiPalma said he too supports the bond, but tweaks are needed. He said the way the reimbursement formula is done now, it hurts fiscally responsible communities like Middletown that are already working to fix their schools.
“I do support the bond. We need it …,” DiPalma said. “But before I can support it 100 percent, the amendment needs to be there so that the communities I represent can benefit like the rest of the communities across the state. We don’t want to penalize anybody.”
For Seveney, streamlining the work-certification process for military spouses is an often-overlooked item the state should make more of a priority.
In his time in the General Assembly, Seveney said, he’s heard from a number of constituents who’ve been unable to get back to work because they don’t have the proper certification in Rhode Island, even though they have active certifications in other states. A former Navy officer, Seveney said his own wife — a teacher — dealt with such a situation.
“She has a master’s degree in early childhood education from Virginia and it took her 18 months (after moving to Rhode Island) before she was qualified for a full-time teaching job in the state of Rhode Island,” Seveney said.
Courtesy of The Newport Daily News
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