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RIHousing and the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) are soliciting input from stakeholders on the proposed recommendations to be included in the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and the Five Year Consolidated Plan.
Join us to hear an overview of the work to date, key findings, and proposed recommendations. These workshops will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on topics covered during the first round of public engagement, and will go more in-depth than the public meetings being held during the same week. All workshops will cover the same content.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Millrace Kitchen & Event Center
40 S. Main St, Woonsocket
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Campbell Auditorium, Pawtucket Public Library
13 Summer St, Pawtucket
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
300 Lambert Lind Hwy, Warwick
The agencies intend to complete the above plans by May 2020 and utilize them to inform housing and community development priorities. Visit our website to learn more about the process and stay up-to-date!
Stakeholder workshop attendees must RSVP to:
Courtesy of RIHousing
We are soliciting input on issues and opportunities related to seven topic areas described below. Please attend the sessions that align with your interests. Click here to view the workshop schedule and to RSVP.
Regulatory Concerns and Barriers to Development: State governance and fiscal capacity, zoning, education and housing, the real estate market, construction, public policy, regulatory environment.
Affordable and Accessible Housing, including Preservation of Affordable Housing: Affordability, factors impacting the cost and availability of affordable housing, how changing demographics are impacting housing needs, gentrification/displacement due to development pressure, public perception of affordable housing, both subsidized and naturally-occurring affordable housing (NOAH), gentrification/displacement due to development pressure, factors impacting rents and sales prices in LMI neighborhoods at risk for displacement or redevelopment, assisted units at risk for conversion to market-rate housing.
Housing for the Homeless and Special Needs Populations: Homelessness, economic empowerment, housing the homeless, special needs housing, housing for domestic violence survivors, housing for the elderly.
Healthy Housing and Healthy Neighborhoods: Housing as a health determinant, housing quality (age, condition, lead paint, accessibility, flooding potential), access to medical care (physical, mental), safe housing (free from drugs, alcohol, abuse), quality of neighborhood (walkability, amenities, street safety, etc.).
Extreme Weather and Climate Change Resilience: Flooding potential, energy efficiency of homes, natural disaster prevention, renewable energy sources.
Community Development: Public infrastructure, broadband access, public transit, access to community assets (education, employment, amenities, safe housing, etc.).
Poverty and Access to Employment and Small Business Development Opportunities: Reducing poverty, barriers to economic stability and growth, workforce development, access to community assets, affordable childcare, public transit, access to capital and small business development opportunities, small business development support, mismatch between job sector growth and housing availability, support for MBE/WBE/Section 3 businesses.
In addition to attending the Stakeholder Workshops, you can participate in this process through completing an online survey and let the state know what the needs are in your community. To complete the online survey, click here.
Courtesy of RIHousing
Montgomery was confirmed as FHA commissioner on Wednesday by a vote in the Senate of 74 to 23.
Yesterday, while speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Conference, a senior advisor for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Multifamily Housing Programs Robert Iber said he was told that a full Senate vote on Montgomery’s nomination is expected this week. Well, now that's here.
The vote came six months after the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee approved Montgomery’s nomination to lead the FHA. This will be Montgomery's second time to serve as FHA commissioner. He previously held the job under former President George W. Bush, staying on for six months after former President Barack Obama's inauguration.
To view the complete article, visit HousingWire
Courtesy of HousingWire
By Mary MacDonald - June 7, 2018 4:20 am
PROVIDENCE – A House legislative commission studying the state’s affordable housing law and compliance among cities and towns has recommended a continuation of its work and a system of credits for the cities and towns meeting the goals.
The 14-member commission, formed in 2016 and led by Rep. Shelby Maldonado, D-Central Falls, released its broad recommendations in a report late last week. It examined changes that might be needed to the 27-year-old Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, which created a 10 percent affordable housing goal for each community.
Among its findings, the commission said the state should “rethink what it means to meet the requirements of minimum housing” through legislative changes that would provide financial credits to cities or towns that have met or exceeded the minimum housing goals.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Business News
Courtesy of Providence Business News
Two projects sailed easily through the Conservation Commission at its most recent meeting.
The first request came from Alexander and Karen Taylor of Plat 15, Lot 30-1, who wished to raise the height of an existing barn from 24 to 28 feet. The proposal requires a Special Use Permit and a variance to sections of the zoning regulations (Chapter 4, section 113) for the expansion of a single family dwelling on a lot with two single family dwellings. The project was continued from the Commission’s previous meeting, when Chair Ned Phillips, Jr. called for waiting until neighbors had been notified about the project.
Attorney Joseph Priestley was on hand to represent the Taylors. He showed blueprints of the property, pointing out the house, a cottage, and two residential accessory structures, including the barn. Priestley said there would be no changes to the footprint of the buildings, and that the only change was the increased height of the barn.
To view the complete article, visit The Block Island Times
Courtesy of The Block Island Times
In the district as a whole, 37% of students missed 18 or more days last year, which is considered “chronically absent,” according to the Rhode Island Department of Education. This was the highest rate of chronic absenteeism among traditional public-school districts in the state, and much higher than similar school districts in Massachusetts.
In Boston, 25% of students were chronically absent last year; in Springfield, 23%; and in Worcester, 15%, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
To view the complete article, visit Providence Journal
Courtesy of Providence Journal
The Senate confirmed Brian Montgomery as the HUD assistant secretary for housing and commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on May 23. The final vote was 72-23. Mr. Montgomery was nominated on September 13, 2017 by President Trump, and was approved by the Senate Banking Committee in January (See Memo, 1/22).
Mr. Montgomery previously served in this role during the George W. Bush administration. Mr. Montgomery played a lead role in HUD’s recovery and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, chairing HUD’s Hurricane Recovery and Response Center.
During his previous stint as FHA commissioner, the FHA successfully spearheaded legislative efforts to preserve the nation’s affordable rental housing stock by maintaining the long-term physical and financial integrity of properties while reducing rental assistance costs and the cost of FHA insurance claims. He also served as acting HUD secretary in January 2009.
More recently, Mr. Montgomery served as the vice chairman of The Collingwood Group, an advisory firm focused on business consulting, risk management, and compliance in the financial services industry.
Courtesy of NLIHC
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