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We couldn’t have reached this historic moment without you! Over the last year, many of you have worked with NLIHC to elevate affordable housing in the presidential campaign. Our partners in Iowa, New Hampshire, California, Georgia, Ohio, and beyond have worked hard – together we have held candidate town halls and meetings, asked (and filmed!) candidates about their housing solutions, published op-eds, and more.'
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About the Conference
Latinos in Heritage Conservation, Rhode Island Latino Arts, and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission are proud to present Encuentro 2018. Spanning three days of programs in Providence and the Blackstone Valley, this groundbreaking event brings together the 3rd National Convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and the 33rd Annual Statewide Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference.
For the first time, Latinos in Heritage Conservation is bringing a national conversation about Latino historic preservation to New England. Featuring guest speakers from across the country and opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with fellow practitioners and advocates for Latino historic preservation, this is a not to be missed opportunity. Rhode Island Latino Arts, RIHPHC, and local partners have planned an engaging program of tours and special events to round out the schedule.
We hope that you will join us for this landmark gathering that will bring together preservationists, scholars, students, design professionals, and community advocates for an unprecedented discussion of the value and future of heritage conservation in New England’s Latino communities and beyond.
$30 Thursday – Friday | $50 Saturday ($80 for Thursday – Saturday)
$15 Thursday – Friday | $25 Saturday for students with i.d. ($40 for Thursday – Saturday)
Courtesy of Encuentro 2018
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2019
Contact: Matt Sheaff (401).490.0688, Matt.Sheaff@commerce.ri.gov
Commerce Seeking Applications for Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credits Focused on Manufacturing, Historic Rehabilitations, Mixed-Use in Opportunity Zones, and Workforce Housing
PROVIDENCE -- The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation announced today it is seeking applications to the Rebuild RI Tax Credit Program for projects focused on manufacturing, historic rehabilitations, and mixed-use developments in Opportunity Zones or involving workforce and affordable housing. Commerce is allocating up to $15 million in tax credits from the program for these types of projects. Commerce is also inviting new applications under its preexisting program.
“The Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit has proven catalytic, spurring new development across the state,” said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. “These additional investments will help new developments get off the ground, put more cranes in the sky, and create more jobs for Rhode Islanders. This round of work will focus in part on smaller projects, including critical manufacturing upgrades and historic property renovations. We thank Governor Raimondo and the General Assembly for the new resources and methods through which to implement this impactful program.”
To qualify for tax credit financing under this $15 million allocation, applications must satisfy the criteria for at least one of the following categories:
Applications under this $15 million allocation should be submitted no later than January 15, 2020 but may be considered on a rolling basis. Special consideration will be given to those projects containing residential units that draw predominantly on the sales tax rebate feature of the program. Commercial development proposals under the preexisting program will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. Rebuild RI application materials will be available online at https://commerceri.com/incentives/tax-credits-and-financing beginning Monday, November 25.
Applications will be considered for any amount permitted by statute. Applications for awards of $1 million or less and for projects involving affordable/workforce housing, historic rehabilitation, or manufacturing may use the simplified application process.
Since its creation by Governor Raimondo and approval from the General Assembly in 2016, the Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit program has catalyzed 35 projects, totaling more than 5 million square feet of new development, and spurring more than $2 billion in private investment. These projects are adding more than 1,700 residential units to the state and helping to create nearly 12,000 construction jobs.
Courtesy of Rhode Island Commerce
Please join Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, RIHousing Executive Director Barbara Fields, members of the community and representatives from WinnCompanies, OMNI Development and the Pawtucket Housing Authority as we mark the completion of the first phase and the commencement of the second phase of redevelopment at historic Prospect Heights, a 292-unit, 21-acre public housing community in Pawtucket, RI.
WinnCompanies, OMNI Development and the Pawtucket Housing Authority cordially invite you to be our special guest as we celebrate the preservation of Rhode Island’s first public housing project to undergo Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Conversion.
To RSVP, please contact WinnPR@winnco.com.
Updated: May 15, 2018 05:34 PM EDT
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Several state officials gathered in Pawtucket Tuesday to break ground on the renovation project at the Prospect Heights Apartments.
Officials said the renovations will cost roughly $42 million. Gov. Gina Raimondo and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien were among the people to launch the project, being implemented by WinnCompanies and Omni Development.
The project will rehabilitate 292 apartments in 35 two-story buildings. It will also create 20 new housing units.
"All Rhode Islanders deserve to live somewhere that's safe and warm," Raimondo said. "This redevelopment is a perfect example of what government and the private sector can achieve when we work together. This is a great day for Rhode Island, the city of Pawtucket and most importantly, the people who will soon call these apartments home."
To view the complete article, visit WPRI 12
Courtesy of WPRI 12
Posted: May 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM
Updated: May 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM
Ten apartments have been built in the nearly 200-year-old exhibit hall.
PROVIDENCE — The rehabilitation of a landmark house in Pawtuxet Village, which will now be used to house homeless people and individuals with disabilities, will be celebrated at a ceremony Monday in Warwick.
The house at 69 Fair St., Warwick, built around 1820 for the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry, was once the centerpiece of a 12-acre fairground, and was used to host state fairs and cattle shows until 1848. During the off-season, the exhibit hall was used for school and religious activities.
Today the 2½-story Greek Revival building sits on a nearly one-acre hilltop site.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Journal
Washington, DC – A diverse range of organizations from various sectors announced a new campaign today to increase affordable housing for America’s most vulnerable communities.
The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign launched today at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC’s) Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC. With financial support from the Funders for Housing and Opportunity, NLIHC launched this new multi-sector affordable homes campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee that includes Catholic Charities USA, Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Education Association, and UnidosUS.
Stakeholders from multiple sectors are increasingly recognizing the importance of affordable housing to their own priorities and goals. The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign seeks to mobilize powerful new constituencies beyond housing to ensure that people with the lowest incomes have access to safe, decent, affordable housing in neighborhoods where everyone has equitable opportunities to thrive.
Recent NLIHC research shows the U.S. has a shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income (ELI) renters, and 11 million ELI renter households are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their incomes on housing. There are only 35 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 ELI households nationwide, and no state has an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Just one out of four eligible low income households receives federal housing assistance.
The consequences of America’s affordable housing crisis are spilling over into many other areas like the education, health care, civil rights, anti-hunger, homelessness, and anti-poverty sectors. By combining voices and expertise, leading organizations from these sectors seek to build a broad national movement that promotes federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing.
The long-term goals of the campaign are to promote federal policies that:
The campaign will also act to defend against funding cuts and harmful policy changes in existing low income housing programs.
Opportunity Starts at Home is also working to strengthen the capacities of multi-sector state coalitions that share the campaign’s goals. The campaign has already issued capacity-building grants to partners in seven states: California, Idaho, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, and Utah.
“The time to act is now,” said Diane Yentel, NLIHC president and CEO. “The housing affordability problem has reached historic heights. Federal housing assistance is chronically underfunded and faces increasing threats. It’s time for those who believe that everyone in America deserves a safe and affordable home to join in a movement that will ensure fundamental opportunities for people most in need.”
“UnidosUS is dedicated to improving opportunities for Latinos and we’re especially proud of our work over the past 50 years to empower Latinos to contribute and to share in the nation’s economic opportunities,” said Eric Rodriguez, UnidosUS vice president for policy and advocacy. “A good home is the foundation for many of those opportunities: a better education for our children, enhanced employment opportunities, and a safe and stable place for families to live. We joined Opportunity Starts at Home because too many hardworking families struggle to keep a roof over their heads and it will take all sectors of society to make progress and ensure that more Americans, including Latinos, have a place to call home.”
“The United States cannot say we cherish our children when millions of extremely poor children each year suffer through homelessness or are denied access to safe and affordable housing,” said Richard Hooks Wayman, national executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund. “Research shows that half of our intelligence potential is developed by age four. Positive child development is linked to a sense of safety, predictability, and routines. We must do our part to ensure that children have housing stability during a critical stage of development. We must do our part to ensure that housing in this nation is affordable and accessible. And we must do our part to ensure that investments in affordable housing production that keep children safe and secure is continued.”
“NAMI is proud to be a part of this multi-sector housing campaign because access to decent, safe and affordable housing is a critical need for people living with a mental illness,” said Andrew Sperling, director of legislative and policy advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “It is simply not possible to achieve recovery and a full life in the community without stable housing. Given the current threats to rental assistance programs it is critical that NAMI joins with our partners across so many diverse sectors to fight for policies and future investments in affordable rental housing programs.”
“NEA is committed to the three million members and the 50 million students we serve and are pleased to support programs, campaigns and initiatives that are in support of students, educators and families,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association. “We understand and know firsthand the impacts affordable and stable housing have on student success. We also know that given the wages and income of some of our members, it impacts where they work as well as their own families.”
“The NAACP is proud to join this multi-sector housing campaign as it aligns with our goal of economic equality in housing,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). “The research is increasingly clear that housing affects all aspects of a quality life; therefore, federal housing policy is very important for the people we serve. We find that threats to federal housing assistance are unprecedented and this campaign will indeed shed a brighter light on the needs of all people.”
“Housing affordability is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. It limits economic mobility, reinforces racial inequities, reduces health and education outcomes, and is a primary driver of homelessness in the United States,” said Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign brings together an unprecedented multi-sector coalition, focused on increasing critically needed federal investments in affordable housing. We are honored to be part of this important effort.”
“No one should be without a safe and stable home, which is why the Opportunity Starts at Homecampaign is so critical, especially now,” said Ali Solis, president and CEO of Make Room Inc. “By partnering with organizations from the healthcare, housing and education sectors who share our mission, Make Room hopes to accelerate our goal of creating a country where everyone has a home that they can afford. We are honored to be part of this important campaign.”
“Too often, the issues of housing, health, education and income security are considered in silos, separate from one another,” said Doug Rice, senior policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “But a home is much more than just four walls and a roof; it’s the pathway to a healthier, more prosperous, and more secure life, and something that far too many Americans cannot attain. We are excited to join forces with leaders in so many fields to advance effective solutions to help our nation’s most vulnerable.”
“A stable, affordable home is a prescription for good health,” said Dr. Megan Sandel, principal investigator with Children’s HealthWatch. “Children’s HealthWatch is excited to join our colleagues on the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign to identify solutions that provide access to safe, decent, affordable housing in neighborhoods where everyone has equitable opportunities to thrive.”
Learn more about the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign at: www.OpportunityHome.org
Opportunity Starts at Home is a new national multi-sector campaign to generate widespread support for federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing.
Established in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest income in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Courtesy of Opportunity Starts at Home, NLIHC
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