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For immediate release: September 18, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dell, 401.871.9048 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign calls on state leaders to invest in more affordable housing funding stream
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 18, 2018) – The “Homes RI” campaign was launched today to shine a spotlight on the increased need for Rhode Island to invest in building more affordable homes in cities and towns across the state, and to call on elected officials to pledge their support for more affordable homes.
Home buyers and renters, including low- and middle-income Rhode Islanders, are facing a housing market that simply cannot meet their needs. Soaring costs for homeownership and rent has resulted in both buyers and renters struggling to find any homes that are affordable statewide.
According to HousingWorks RI, in addition to a lack of existing affordable homes, new inventory is not being built to meet the state’s needs. Just 1,226 building permits were issued in Rhode Island in 2016, with only 25% of those for multi-family units.
The “Homes RI” campaign is a joint effort of United Way of Rhode Island and housing and non-profit organizations, including: Housing Network of Rhode Island, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island, HousingWorks RI, Neighbors 4 Revitalization at the CYC, Rhode Island Community Action Association, R.I. Center for Justice, R.I. Homeless Advocacy Project, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition, and Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
“A safe and affordable home is one of the most basic needs we have, and it’s evident that too many Rhode Islanders are struggling to find one. So far in 2018, our 2-1-1 call center has received nearly 100,000 requests for housing-related help.” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island. “The demand for homes that are affordable in Rhode Island has never been more clear. We must take action.”
In 2016, the Question 7 ‘Housing Opportunity’ bond was passed by voters to provide $50 million for the construction and rehabilitation of more than 800 affordable homeownership and rental housing units across Rhode Island, and to help cities and towns revitalize blighted and foreclosed properties. The bond was estimated to create 1,700 good paying jobs for the state’s building and construction workers, to help local employers attract and retain a strong workforce, and to leverage $160 million in federal and private investment in local communities.
Even with this progress, Rhode Island falls short in comparison to its neighbors, with Massachusetts investing $100 per capita in affordable housing and Connecticut investing $85 per capital in FY2017. Without a consistent funding stream, Rhode Island only invests $5 per capita toward housing. The Homes RI campaign urges greater investment in housing at the state level — an investment that is urgent for Rhode Island families and for a healthy economy.
“Housing that is affordable and safe is critical for all Rhode Islanders. Without it, our children’s education, our seniors’ health, and maintaining our workforce are all at risk,” said Brenda Clement, Director of HousingWorks RI. “The path to economic opportunity begins at your front door.”
The Homes RI campaign will highlight case studies of affordable housing in communities across the state, and will work to build support for greater investment in housing.
For more information on the ‘Homes RI’ campaign, visit www.homesri.org
Housing Network of RI is hiring a full-time Communications Specialist for Homes RI.
This is an important position to Homes RI as this person will be responsible for managing external communications, coordinating messaging, and supporting outreach and engagement in Homes RI.
HNRI is the State’s membership organization for non-profit agencies that are committed to the development of affordable homes and vibrant communities across Rhode Island. HNRI is the backbone organization for Homes RI. HNRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, country of ancestral origin, religion, disability, familial status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or status as a victim of domestic violence. Whenever practicable, HNRI will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.
Homes RI is a coalition of organizations working together to increase and preserve the supply of safe, healthy and affordable homes throughout Rhode Island. We believe Rhode Island can and should be a state where all residents are able to live in safe, healthy and affordable homes in thriving communities.
HNRI is seeking a passionate individual to execute strategic communications for Homes RI and support resident-centered engagement activities for the effort. This position will focus on implementing strategies to increase community engagement and motivate the public and policymakers to drive change that will result in increased affordable homes for Rhode Islanders. This encompasses managing overall external communications for Homes RI, coordinating strategic messaging among partners, and supporting engagement of diverse participants.
Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time, non-exempt position of 40 hours per week. Salary range is
$42,000 - $45,000 annually. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, three personal days/year, paid vacation days, paid sick time, bereavement leave, health and dental insurance, eligibility to participate in employer- sponsored 403(b) retirement plan, access to professional development opportunities, and mileage reimbursement.
Work Hours and Schedule: HNRI hours of business are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. It is expected that employees will generally follow this schedule and complete work in the office. Following satisfactory completion of a 90-day introductory period, the employee may arrange a flexible work schedule that includes off-site work with their immediate supervisor and approval from the Executive Director. Out-of-office time should not exceed more than 40% of the employee’s total weekly hours (16 hours/week for a 40-hour/week position).
Supervision: This position will report to the Housing Opportunities Initiative Manager Katie West.
Equipment and supplies: The Housing Network of Rhode Island is an open office with cubicles. The employee will be furnished with an individual cube, laptop (with Microsoft Office Suite) and monitor, and landline telephone with wireless printer access. The building has a gate-entry parking lot/street parking, accessible entrance with ramp, and an elevator. It is accessible by public transit on the RIPTA R-Line.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 11:00pm on Sunday, January 26 to Ms. Katie West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
Courtesy of Housing Network of RI
HNRI is seeking a dynamic individual to help develop and implement activities that will advance the objectives of Our Homes: Our Votes 2020. OHOV 2020 is a project of the National Low Income Housing Coalition focused on building the voting power of people impacted by housing insecurity and elevating housing as a policy priority at all levels of government. The Community Organizer will lead outreach and education efforts to diverse constituents across Rhode Island and support voter registration and candidate engagement activities.
· Lead community outreach and voter engagement efforts: Working with Homes RI partners, develop and implement strategies to engage, educate and mobilize diverse constituents and stakeholders on issues concerning housing and homelessness and voting rights / process, prioritizing people most affected by housing insecurity and voting barriers.
o Utilize a variety of approaches to connect with and mobilize constituents including in-person meetings, info sessions, community events, print and digital media, canvassing, phone banking, and more. As necessary, design materials and activities to support these efforts and share with appropriate stakeholders.
o Coordinate with Homes RI partners and others to train staff and volunteers to support outreach and voter engagement activities for OHOV 2020 activities.
o Engage, recruit, and build relationships with other organizations and individuals whose aspirations align with Homes RI and OHOV 2020.
o Identify methods and sources of data to effectively target constituents and maximize efforts, and recommend tools to track progress.
o Support leadership development of volunteers and constituents.
o Work with Homes RI Communications Specialist to embed voter information across multiple platforms (website, social media, print materials, etc.).
· Coordinate nonpartisan voter registration events and activities: Identify opportunities to include voter registration activities at various events and coordinate with partner organizations on logistics, staffing, and promotion. Plan, staff, and manage volunteers for at least two stand-alone voter registration drives, ensuring that events are widely promoted through different media and are accessible to residents in the chosen communities.
· Support candidate engagement on housing issues: Help plan and execute events to engage federal and state legislative candidates. With input from partners, develop and disseminate a candidate questionnaire for federal candidates. Identify opportunities to engage candidates on housing issues via partner organizations and through different forms of media, including survey questions, polls, social activity, etc. and in-person.
Homes RI Community Organizer Position Description
Compensation and Benefits: This is a temporary part-time, non-exempt position of approximately 24 hours per week. Compensation is $20/hour with no fringe benefits. Travel reimbursement is provided for expenses incurred while working, including mileage. Professional development opportunities are available.
Work Hours and Schedule: HNRI hours of business are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Given the nature of the position’s responsibilities, it is expected that the employee will be willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed, and shifts may fall outside of the business hours of the office or take place off site. A mutually agreed upon schedule that accommodates the duties of this job will be arranged between the employee and their immediate supervisor with approval from the Executive Director.
Supervision: This position will be supervised by Housing Opportunities Initiative Manager Katie West.
Equipment and supplies: The Housing Network of Rhode Island is an open office with cubicles. The employee will be furnished with an individual cube, laptop (with Microsoft Office Suite), and landline telephone with wireless printer access. The building has a gate-entry parking lot/street parking, accessible entrance with ramp, and an elevator. It is accessible by public transit on the RIPTA R-Line.
Other Important Information: This position is temporary and funded through November 30, 2020. Extension will be contingent upon availability of future funding.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 11:00pm on Friday, January 17, 2020 to Ms. Katie West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
Courtesy of the Housing Network of Rhode Island
The Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action is now underway. From May 1 to May 8, organizations and individuals across the country will host over 90 local events and activities in 27 states and Puerto Rico. The events will take many forms, including rallies, teach-ins, site visits, performance art, press conferences with local policymakers, call in days, letter writing campaigns, and much more! At all of these events and activities advocates and resident leaders will make the case for why Congress needs to increase investments for affordable housing.
Yesterday, three groups got this wave of advocacy started. NLIHC state partner the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance brought community members together to hear from powerful women leaders who are tackling issues of housing affordability and homelessness at the local, state, and federal levels. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, State Representative Nicole Macri, State Senator Rebecca Saldana, and Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda each spoke about their respective efforts to establish policies that ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home.
Great crowd @hubsea to hear @RepJayapal, Nicole Macri, Rebecca Saldaña & Teresa Mosqueda talk about housing! pic.twitter.com/PhA7tTQ6Ag
— Yazmin Mehdi (@ymathome) April 30, 2018
NLIHC state partner Texas Housers joined FIEL Houston and the University of Texas Law Professor Heather Way to launch a tenants rights movement in Houston through a tenants’ union, tenants’ center, and tenants’ advisory committee.
And the Montana Housing Coalition announced their legislative agenda, which includes calls for more federal resources for housing programs, at an advocacy event yesterday. Big thanks to advocates who joined this event in advance of Montana’s annual conference for housing providers and advocates.
Here are some of the Our Homes, Our Voices events taking place today, May 1:
Are you also hosting a week of action event? Tell us about it! Retweet and share images, including pictures of yourself and other advocates participating in your event(s) using #OurHomesOurVoices and @OurHomesOurVoices.
More tools, templates, and materials for events can be found at: https://www.ourhomes-ourvoices.org/resources.
Thanks, as always, for your partnership and advocacy. It’s never been more important!
Courtesy of Our Homes, Our Voices
By Ahmad Abu-Khalaf , Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
This white paper highlights proven local strategies for expanding the supply of affordable homes and addressing the rising cost of developing those homes. It draws on the successes of some of the country’s most expensive areas to offer options to communities working to address the scarcity of affordable homes and the rising cost of development, focusing on four key strategies: leveraging existing assets, creating public funding opportunities, utilizing land use controls and improving the approval process.
Given the tremendous ongoing demand for affordable housing, increasing the supply of affordable homes through new construction and preserving existing homes that are affordably priced are critical. This white paper highlights proven local strategies for expanding the supply of affordable homes and addressing the rising cost of developing those homes. It draws on the successes of some of the country’s most expensive areas to offer options to communities working to address the scarcity of affordable homes and the rising cost of development, focusing on four key strategies: leveraging existing assets, creating public funding opportunities, utilizing land use controls and improving the approval process.
This white paper builds on recent Enterprise research on cost containment and solutions for expanding the supply of affordable homes, including Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals and Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Effective Practices in Affordable Housing Development. It was also informed by the High-Cost Cities Housing Forum’s 2018 convening in Los Angeles, which focused on discussing strategies for containing the cost of housing development.
Courtesy of Enterprise
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