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Have you ever asked yourself...
"How can I be sure that my projects will reach the right audience and have the right impact?"
"What can I do to make sure that my efforts go beyond 'the usual suspects'?"
"How do I measure the impact of my efforts?"
...if so, this course if for you!
In this interactive workshop, using your own project idea, you will learn how to design it to achieve measurable results. You'll sharpen your skills in information gathering, project planning, and evaluation preparation, and walk away with confidence in how to build in accountability and strategic thinking for project success. To ensure that you're ready to dive into the workshop material, you'll be asked to complete a short assignment and participate in a brief call before the workshop; in total these tasks will not exceed 1.5 hours.
Target Audiences: natural resource mangers (federal, state, local), municipal staff, officials, and volunteers, NGO staff and other interested parties.
14 AICP credits offered
This course is taught by trainers from NOAA's Office for Coastal Management. Thanks to NOAA funding, it is offered free of charge.
(PLEASE NOTE that if you register, you are committing to BOTH days)
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Courtesy of The Narragansett Times
Sunday, June 03, 2018
GoLocalProv News Team
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) awarded $42,000 in grants to ten local groups to work projects related to climate change education and community resilience.
“The wide-ranging public health effects of climate change impacting Rhode Islanders include harm to our food and water supply; increases in diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects; and increases in extreme weather events. Worse yet, certain communities will bear a disproportionate burden of the increases in injuries and diseases that we expect, and are already seeing in some cases. These communities include lower income Rhode Islanders, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions. The Department of Health is funding these 10 innovative projects because public health is most successful when it is grassroots and community-driven. The entire state needs to mobilize together if we want to create a healthy, sustainable, and resilient future for all Rhode Islanders,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.
The grants will fund 10 projects across the state.
The work of the awardees will focus on various communities, including the Cape Verdean community, people who are incarcerated, young people, senior citizens, and residents more vulnerable to heat and flooding.
Grantees will work to support communities that are better prepared for disasters, and that are able to recover in ways that address the socioeconomic and environmental factors that make some individuals more vulnerable to climate change.
Examples of these socioeconomic and environmental factors include transportation, education, employment opportunities, safe and healthy housing, and access to healthy food.
The awardees and grants were:
The Town of Barrington: Barrington Emergency Preparedness Week: Health Risks in a Changing Climate. Barrington will provide a series of workshops that will raise awareness and discuss specific steps residents can take to prevent or mitigate health threats from a variety of climate-related events.
Bristol Fire Department: Know Your Neighbor Campaign. This project will present several workshops to seniors throughout the community to improve emergency preparedness within the first 72 hours of an emergency event, and to provide information about temperature extremes and floods.
Garden Time: Climate Change Education through Inmate Programming. Garden Time provides garden programs for incarcerated men and women at the Rhode Island Adult Correction Institutions. Garden Time students will conduct an environmental messaging campaign within the prison and beyond.
Groundwork RI: Educating Green Team Youth about Climate Resiliency. Groundwork RI will engage Green Team members in learning and communicating about climate resiliency and tick-borne illnesses and will develop a workshop to present to young audiences.
Neighborworks Blackstone Valley: Engaging Youth to Increase Knowledge of Emergency Preparedness. Ten “Resiliency Ambassadors” will learn about resiliency and emergency preparedness and will design creative strategies to reach families in Northern Rhode Island.
NobidadeTV: New Challenges, New Media, New Conversations: Cape Verdeans Talk Climate Change in Rhode Island’s Urban Cores. NobidadeTV is the longest-running Cape Verdean television program in the United States, started in Rhode Island in 1988. NobidadeTV will use their programming to deepen public awareness and knowledge of climate-related issues through video productions that will run on television, YouTube and Twitter.
Providence Housing Authority: Senior Resiliency Education and Integration. The Providence Housing Authority will integrate best practices from the Senior Resiliency Project into its Emergency Operations Manual and will reduce their residents’ vulnerability to extreme heat by providing educational materials and air conditioning brackets.
Smithfield Emergency Management Agency: Monitoring and Responding to Extreme Heat Events. This project will allow the Smithfield Emergency Management Agency to develop a portable cooling center, create a road race event alert system to monitor weather, and to assess residents’ food safety after a power loss.
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council: Bringing New Voices to the Water Table: Olneyville Resists Sea Level Rise with Resilience. A new initiative, “New Voices at the Water Table” will build residents’ confidence in their ability to keep families safe from flooding and will engage residents at “Nature at Work” tours and local events.
Young Voices: Youth Outreach on Summer Heat. For 11 years, Young Voices has empowered more than 650 low-income youth to achieve, succeed, and become confident civic leaders. Youth Voices will advocate for policy change related to summer air quality alert days and will conduct an education campaign about summer hydration.
Is Year 15 Getting You Stressed?
Join the LISC Housing Team for this 2-day workshop as they lead you through the Year 15 process!
Topics will include:
Overview of Disposition Process
Planning for Year 15
Non LIHTC Equity and Financing Options
Y15 Preservation Outcomes
When: May 9 & 10, 2018
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Lunch will be provided!
The Tech Collective
166 Valley Street, Building 3
Providence, RI 02909
Reserve Your Seat by May 2, 2018
Two projects sailed easily through the Conservation Commission at its most recent meeting.
The first request came from Alexander and Karen Taylor of Plat 15, Lot 30-1, who wished to raise the height of an existing barn from 24 to 28 feet. The proposal requires a Special Use Permit and a variance to sections of the zoning regulations (Chapter 4, section 113) for the expansion of a single family dwelling on a lot with two single family dwellings. The project was continued from the Commission’s previous meeting, when Chair Ned Phillips, Jr. called for waiting until neighbors had been notified about the project.
Attorney Joseph Priestley was on hand to represent the Taylors. He showed blueprints of the property, pointing out the house, a cottage, and two residential accessory structures, including the barn. Priestley said there would be no changes to the footprint of the buildings, and that the only change was the increased height of the barn.
John Hopf, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Phillips and Vice-Chair Fred Leeder, said that he was familiar with the property and “they’ve done a beautiful job restoring the buildings.”
Recalling that the request had been tabled until neighbors were notified, Hopf asked acting clerk Jenn Brady if the notifications had gone out.
Brady said they had been notified, and several of them had come into the Land Use Department to review the file.
“I have no problem,” said Hopf, and the other three commissioners agreed, unanimously approving a favorable advisory to the Zoning Board.
Priestley was also representing the Oceanview Foundation, which is seeking an advisory and comments to the Planning Board on a preliminary stage application for a minor subdivision of land on West Side Road (Plat 16, Lot 58).
Brady emphasized that the project was in the preliminary stage and noted that it would very likely come before the Commission again at a later date.
Priestley told the commissioners that the OVF wishes to transfer its property, which has two residential dwellings that it rents out, to the Block Island Housing Board, which would then sell the homes to the existing residents. “This is going to be permanent affordable housing,” said Priestley.
When asked why the selling of the dwellings wouldn’t need to go through the usual lottery system employed by the Affordable Housing Board, Priestley said that “selling to existing tenants is a condition of the sale.”
“So it’s a win-win,” said Commissioner Les Slate.
The Commissioners voted unanimously to give a favorable advisory.
Since only four of the seven members of the Conservation Commission were present, a discussion regarding invasive plants impacting town land was tabled until some future date.
Courtesy of The Block Island Times
April 23, 2018 09:00PM
By Ryan Blessing, Sun staff writer
CHARLESTOWN — The planning commission has approved a plan that would lead to the construction of lease-based low and moderate income housing off of Shannock Road.
The Charlestown Planning Commission approved the Shannock Village Cottages project at its April 18 meeting. Four buildings will house the 11 units of housing on a 4.7-acre parcel off 1639 Shannock Road.
The plan is consistent with the town’s affordable housing plan, according to Town Planner Jane Weidman.
“The town appreciates the hard work and efforts that went into designing and securing funding for this project, which we believe will result in a development that the community will be proud of,” she said.
The $12.8 million project, to be known as Shannock Falls, will comprise 11 units at Shannock Village and 32 units at Richmond Ridge, located on West Shannock Road in Richmond. The Shannock Village site will include rehabbing a single family home into a duplex, as well as constructing nine new units. All of the units at Richmond Ridge will be new construction, officials said.
The state approved the affordable housing proposal last May, and the Charlestown commission approved the preliminary plan in November after a public hearing. The application was submitted by the Washington County Community Development Corporation and Women’s Development Corporation, both which are registered nonprofit organizations.
The project consists of two units in an existing building and nine two-bedroom units in three new farmhouse-style buildings. Each new unit will be 866 square feet on two floors, with two bedrooms and one bathroom.
All of the front entrances include a covered porch and there’s a rear patio for each unit.
“It’s a tremendous job of interpreting the design guidelines,” Chairwoman Ruth Platner said.
The project was allocated $325,000 in local bond funds. Also, the Washington County Community Development Corporation and Women’s Development Corporation have received low income housing tax credits from Rhode Island Housing and state affordable housing bond funds.
Other funding sources could include money from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and conventional bank financing.
The women's corporation management company, known as Housing Opportunity Corp, will manage both Charlestown and Richmond properties. The rents will be about $677 for a one-bedroom unit, $795 for a two-bedroom, and about $905 for a three- bedroom.
The new units will assist both towns in reaching the state's 10 percent affordable housing requirement. Currently Richmond has about 1.9 percent affordable housing and Charlestown has about 2 percent.
Courtesy of The Westerly Sun
Mon, January 22, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
United Way of Rhode Island
50 Valley Street
Providence, RI 02909
Interested in learning how to be an advocate? Join United Way of Rhode Island for an Advocacy 101 workshop to learn how to help advance our legislative goals of improving housing and education in the state.
A light dinner will be included.
Click here to register for this free event.
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