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Courtesy of RIHousing
Join PCF Development on November 29th at 11am for a short speaking ceremony followed by a tour of the first completed building in the Branch Blackstone development. This TOD property is within walking distance of the future Commuter Rail Station.
Co-sponsored by the Black Living Learning Community and Multicultural Student Union
Presented by the Roger Williams University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Event Date: September 19, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join Rhode Island Housing, HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University and LeadingAge RI for a
Senior Health + Housing Forum
Featuring Keynote Speaker Linda Couch,
LeadingAge VP of Housing Policy
SAVE THE DATE:
September 19, 2017 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Networking reception to follow
Roger Williams University - Providence Campus
Over the next ten years, Rhode Island's population of seniors is projected to grow significantly. Many will need assistance with housing, services and healthcare to live independently.
Are you a healthcare or services provider working with seniors facing housing-related challenges? Or a housing owner/developer who serves seniors struggling to live independently? Join us to meet potential collaborators and share best practices in meeting the health and housing needs of our seniors.
Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon’s life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican.
Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few. Rev. Blackmon is listed as one of Ebony Magazine list her as one of the 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! She has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis’ 100 most influential voices as well.
Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon; Harold II; and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.
In addition to our keynote, we will have four workshop choices available:
The day’s workshops will focus on:
• Housing is a Human Right: How the lack of affordable housing and discriminatory policies keep people from
accessing safe and stable housing in Rhode Island.
• Caring for our Children: From crumbling school infrastructure, to quality education and nutrition, how can we
better provide for our states children?
• Race and Poverty: The continuing impact of structural racism as it relates to immigration, civil liberties, and
poverty in Rhode Island.
• Fair Wages - Fair Employment: Extending equality in the workplace, how fair wages and equal pay are critical
to the economic success of Rhode Island.
This year, we’re encouraging you to bring a team from your congregation -- with a reduced rate for registration if you come as a group of 3+. Registration opens at 7:45am and a full breakfast will be served.
Buy tickets here: tinyurl.com/RIPoverty2018
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
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