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Cranston, Rhode Island—like many of America’s cities, suburban towns and rural communities—is a place where the historical influences of systemic racism continue to live under the cover of good intentions. As deeply involved partners in the community, we set out to learn about the City’s history and how we got to today’s inequities. One of us, Ayana, is the Initiative Director for OneCranston, our cross-sector collective impact table; the other, Annette, is a member of the Civic Design Team and a long-time parent in the Cranston public school district. Through conversations with local residents, we captured stories of dynamics that plague all of our cities, big and small, but also heard a vision of a united city where all children thrive in school, all parents accomplish their professional dreams, and all residents are able to care for their families and community.
Like many cities in America split due to redlining in the 1930’s, Cranston’s historical divided lines live on today as East versus West. In the 1970s, the Western side became a destination for those escaping the urbanization and growing diversity of the Eastern side—the proverbial “white flight.” Income disparity and racial identity continue to feed this divide, and have kept us from fully integrating into “OneCranston,” focused on equitable results for all people. In a post- Brown vs. Board of Education America, nationwide our schools are proof points that segregation continues in America, supporting the continued oppression of students of color. Cranston is no exception—a small city with a great divide.
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The Senate worked with dozens of individuals and organizations to develop the legislation, including those participating in the roundtable and others who were in the audience.
The package encourages residential development by updating the building inspection process, much of which hasn’t been changed since the 1970s and 1980s. It proposes new housing options so individuals and families struggling to find suitable housing have new options, including accessory dwellings.
The legislation also proposes expanding apprenticeship opportunities in school construction contracts, and it encourages K-12 school systems to teach children of all ages that apprenticeships are among the options they can pursue as they consider careers.
It also reflects a commitment to continue researching issues that require further study, including housing, additional apprenticeship options, the seafood industry, and health care provider reimbursement rates.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with the folks in this room – with business, with labor, with cities and towns, and with the public – to build a more vibrant Rhode Island,” said President Ruggerio.
The legislative initiatives are outlined on the following pages.
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Building a More Vibrant Rhode Island
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The State Housing Resources Commission (HRC) is pleased to announce the availability of resources under the Building Homes Rhode Island (BHRI) program, a State-funded (Affordable Housing Bond) initiative. Working with RI Housing and other stakeholders, the HRC will utilize this program to create and preserve affordable housing throughout Rhode Island.
While the timeline and some of the forms are similar to those required to apply for Rhode Island Housing programs, please note BHRI is a distinct program with separate requirements, forms and procedures. Only those applications submitted through the BHRI RFP process will be considered for State BHRI funding.
The application forms developed (and attached below) include a great deal of information necessary for the HRC and RI Housing staff to properly score your proposals in accordance with the RFP. The intent of this detailed RFP/Scoring system is to enable potential applicants to more fully understand how they might potentially rank against other proposals. At the conclusion of this application process, HRC staff will consult with applicants and stakeholders to assure the process was effective and efficient. Changes in the process may occur based upon this reexamination. Your input into this process is very much appreciated.
Full and complete applications are due to Raymond Neirinckx, HRC staff, no later than 3:00pm on Friday - December 15, 2017. Please assure two hard copies and an electronic version of the application are delivered by the due date. Late applications will not be considered.
Thank you for interest in helping to address the State’s affordable housing needs. We look forward to working with you and community stakeholders to best utilize resources made available.
Questions regarding the applications must be submitted to Raymond Neirinckx at Raymond.Neirinckx@doa.ri.gov. Responses to questions will be made available through the office’s website at http://www.ohcd.ri.gov
Michael Tondra, Chief
RI Office of Housing & Community Development & Housing Resources Commission
For more information, and to find application attachments, click here.
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