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Joe Garlick, HWRI at RWU Advisory Board Member and Executive Director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, to receive an award at the upcoming 2018 RIAPA Awards in Davidoff Award category! Join us in congratulating Joe and other winners:
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Sons of Liberty Distillery
Address: 1425 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown (Peace Dale Village)
Information on ticket sales is available here.
Congratulations again, and thank you for all your great work,
Providence, RI; On Monday, October 1, 2018 the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless hosts their 30th Anniversary Awards Breakfast. The breakfast is being held at the Crowne Plaza, in Warwick, RI from 8:30 – 11:00am. Recognizing the Coalition’s 30 years of working to ameliorate homelessness in Rhode Island the theme of this years’ Awards Program is “Together We Can Change the World.”
The Coalition is thrilled to welcome keynote speaker Jeff Olivet. Jeff has worked in homelessness, behavioral, and public health for more than two decades. As a teacher, writer, and policy leader, he shapes new directions for organizations across the United States. He has worked as a street outreach worker, case manager, coalition builder, activist, and trainer, as well as an inspirational writer and speaker. From 2010 to 2018, he was CEO of the Boston-based Center for Social Innovation, a dynamic social policy company. Jeff is Principal Investigator on multiple research studies funded by National Institutes of Health, and he conceived of and leads the SPARC Initiative (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities), a multi-city effort to address racial inequity in homelessness. His blogs and his Changing the Conversation podcast are followed widely, providing thought leadership for the field. Jeff divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.
As part of the Coalition’s 30th anniversary celebration they will be honoring a number of organizers, educators and community leaders recognizing their work, dedication and commitment to helping end homelessness in Rhode Island. More information about the award winners will be released soon.
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is organized to promote and preserve the dignity and quality of life for men, women, and children by pursuing comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness. They accomplish this through advocacy, education, collaboration, technical assistance, and selected direct services to homeless individuals and families.
The Coalition envisions a State of Rhode Island that refuses to let any man, woman, or child be homeless. For more information about the Coalition follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rihomeless
Courtesy of Providence American
NLIHC released today a new report, Getting Started: First Homes Being Built with 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Awards. The report details how the first national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) dollars are being put to use to build, rehabilitate and preserve homes for extremely low income households, especially for seniors, people with disabilities, the homeless, and those at risk of homelessness. The report also clearly lays out the need for a much greater investment in the HTF. NLIHC urges all organizations and elected officials to join over 1,500 others in signing onto a letter calling for an investment of at least $3.5 billion annually in the HTF. Read the report here and sign the letter here.
The HTF provides block grants to states to build, rehabilitate, and preserve housing affordable to extremely low income (ELI) households, those with incomes at or less than the poverty level or 30% of the area median income. There is a national shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to ELI households — for every 100 such households, there are only 35 affordable and available apartments. Eight million of the lowest income households in America spend more than half of their incomes on housing, leaving them few resources for food, healthcare, and other necessities and at great risk of homelessness.
The Getting Started report summarizes information from 42 states that have made grant awards of 2016 HTF money to build or preserve more than 1,500 rental homes for extremely low income households in 129 projects across the country. States are prioritizing projects that will serve people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, elderly individuals, veterans, and other special needs populations.
Read the full Getting Started: First Homes Being Built with 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Awards report at: http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/NHTF_Getting-Started_2018.pdf
Read and sign the letter to Congress at: http://cqrcengage.com/nlihc/app/sign-petition?1&engagementId=297914
To see if your organization is already signed on, please see our most recent list here: http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/HTF_Defense_Letter_and_List_091218.pdf
JOIN NLIHC TODAY!
Courtesy of NLIHC
By PBN Staff -August 8, 2018 8:21 pm
PROVIDENCE – The Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode Island announced $525,000 in grant awards for eight communities Wednesday, from its Neighborhood Development Fund for the 2018-2019 season.
The money will be used to increase the state’s community-development corporations’ ability to produce affordable housing while focusing on addressing broader community revitalization issues.
“Rhode Island, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a serious housing crisis,” said Jeanne Cola, executive director of LISC Rhode Island. “The rental market is very tight in many communities and the median house price has increased to the highest rate in 11 years. There is a critical shortage for housing for seniors and families, especially those earning below $50,000 a year.”
The following CDCs received funding in this round from NDF:
The NDF program also provides resources for professional-development training, operational resources for computer and systems upgrades, and technical assistance to help CDCs strengthen internal operations, in addition to operational funding.
Courtesy of Providence Business News
The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy organization that works to improve economic security and opportunity for all Rhode Islanders. Our mission includes ensuring that tax and budget policies are fair and adequate to fund public services, with a particular emphasis on improving the economic security of and opportunities for low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders. To see our current Strategic Plan and logic model see: www.economicprogressri.org/strategicplan
The individual hired for this position will help the Institute shape budget and policy outcomes to ensure that prosperity is shared by all Rhode islanders. The analyst will help the Institute’s team guarantee that the public debate over state fiscal issues is comprehensive and robust.
The position requires strong analytic skills, self-motivation and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of target audiences, including policymakers, the media, and community-based organizations (CBOs) and their members. These CBOs include organizations advocating for the basic needs of residents, the effective and efficient delivery of human services, and public policy issues that are important to the state’s economic and workforce development strategies.
Successful candidate must have demonstrated commitment to social justice and equitable opportunity for all Rhode Islanders, a flexible mindset, ability to think strategically, ability to work on multiple tasks in a time sensitive manner, comfort collaborating with diverse groups internally and externally, self-motivation, attention to detail, strong project management skills and a commitment to credible and independent analysis.
Salary: This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary range between $75,000 - $85,000. Excellent benefit package. Generous vacation and holiday schedules.
To apply: Please send an email with subject line: “Economic Progress Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach your cover letter, resume or curricula vitae, a writing sample and 2 references (with contact information).
Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018 or until position is filled. No phone inquiries please.
The Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or any other basis. People of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Courtesy of RIHousing
MassNAHRO, the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision and preservation of adequate and affordable housing for those with low and moderate incomes, is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director. Based in Boston, MassNAHRO serves members comprising approximately 240 public housing agencies and more than 1,300 publicly elected and appointed officials throughout the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (MassNAHRO) was established in 1972. It parallels and complements the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) as an official state chapter. MassNAHRO is primarily concerned with the policies of State agencies and State programs and the implications of national policies at the state and local levels. Members own or manage almost 50,000 state-funded public housing units, more than 33,000 federally-funded public housing units, 4,200 state-funded rental assistance units and 55,000 federal Section 8 units. The MassNAHRO Code of Conduct emphasizes adherence to the highest degree of professionalism and promotion of the public interest by all members. Please see www.massnahro.org.
MassNAHRO’s services include:
§ Monthly information concerning pertinent Federal and State legislation, issues impacting housing and community development programs, policy changes and other matters of importance to members.
§ Professional development opportunities including educational and technical workshops, seminars and conferences utilizing expert trainers and leaders in the field. MassNAHRO offers both the Massachusetts Public Housing Administrator and Board Member Certification Programs at various locations across the state on a continual basis.
§ Representation at the State Legislature, the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Members also have access to publications, an awards program, discounts on products and services, networking opportunities and service on standing committees. MassNAHRO also administers an insurance plan that offers worker’s compensation coverage to members.
MassNAHRO was instrumental in public housing reform and the passage of Chapter 235 of the Acts of 2014 - An Act Relative to Local Housing Authorities: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter235. Chapter 235 provides innovative strategies designed to assist Authorities with capital improvement, purchasing, unit turn over, wait list management and interagency collaborations. MassNAHRO worked closely with the Joint Committee on Housing, State Senators and Representatives, local housing authority staff, residents and other local officials to achieve the positive sweeping changes to the oversight, governance and operation of local housing authorities brought about by this blueprint for the future.
MassNAHRO is governed by a Board of Directors of approximately 20 housing authority Executive Directors/Commissioners. The new Executive Director will succeed long-time well-respected leader Tom Connelly who has recently retired.
The Executive Director reports directly to the MassNAHRO Board of Directors and serves as the spokesperson, liaison and coordinator with all major stakeholders of the Association. S/he is accountable for the Association’s financial performance and is responsible for daily management of all operations of MassNAHRO. We seek a leader with intellect, initiative, integrity and flexibility to work with an active membership; respect and humility to honor the impressive work done to date; and creativity to lead the Association to new levels of service.
§ External Leadership: Advocate on behalf of MassNAHRO members for needed affordable housing and community development laws and policies and involve members as appropriate. Develop relationships with legislators, other public officials, federal and state agencies such as HUD and DHCD, peer membership organizations, and local, state and national leaders. Serve as spokesperson concerning the business and governmental affairs of the Association as directed by the Board and manage the Association’s media relations.
§ Financial Oversight: Prepare an annual budget and manage financial affairs within the approved budget. Present transparent financial reports and immediately communicate any financial or fiduciary issues to the Board. Explore new and innovative avenues for revenue generation.
§ Association Management: Manage the Association on an ongoing basis including provision of all services promised to members as part of their Association dues. Oversee provision of professional development services and programs for members, and advocate on behalf of the membership.
§ Personnel Management: Maintain and follow appropriate policies for hiring, discipline and termination of staff. Provide day-to-day direction, delegation and control for the staff, maintaining a high performing and productive environment of talented and enthusiastic employees.
§ Interaction with the Board: Report to and confer with the Board of Directors, providing information to help the Board in strategic planning and formulating effective policies. Support the board in effective governance, ensure the effectiveness of the committee structure, and provide staff support to committees. Facilitate monthly board meetings. Implement policies of the Association as determined by the Board, reporting to the Board on progress and completion of assigned tasks and goals. Execute, secure and maintain corporate documents and commitments as authorized by the Board.
§ Member communication: Encourage membership in the Association and maintain active, supportive relationships with members. Regularly provide members with up-to-date and accurate information pertinent to the goals and decisions of the Association as well as legislative updates. Attend meetings of related organizations to provide updates on Association activities and generate support of Association priorities. Generate informative articles for monthly newsletters and take an active role at related conferences and events.
§ Commitment to the mission and dedication to affordable housing, public housing and/or community development
§ Experience in affordable housing, public housing and/or community development administration
§ Up-to-date knowledge of programs and policies governing affordable housing, public housing and/or community development
§ Experience in legislative and policy advocacy/government relations and outstanding advocacy skills
§ Proven experience successfully managing an organization including financial and staff management
§ Experience working with a board of directors
§ Proven ability to successfully manage critical, strategic relationships with partners
§ Strong team orientation and evidence of collaborative and respectful work style
§ Ability and experience as a dynamic and compelling spokesperson
§ Exceptional oral, written, listening and interpersonal communications skills
§ Association management experience/certification a plus.
To Apply in confidence, please send cover letter and resume to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, email@example.com.
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