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A Statement from Providence Housing Authority Director Melissa Sanzaro:
“Amid growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Providence Housing Authority (PHA) is taking the necessary precautions to maintain the health and safety of our residents, employees, vendors and community at-large based on recommendations from government leaders and health experts.
“We are asking our residents and their family and friends to help protect the safety of our high rise communities in particular by suspending all nonessential visits to the buildings. We realize it will be difficult for our residents, many of whom live alone, to not have visitors but given the large number of individuals over age 60 and with underlying health conditions in the buildings, visits should only be to deliver food or other essentials or provide essential care.
“This pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge and the PHA team has come together and worked diligently to prepare and ready ourselves to contribute our absolute best to help slow the spread of the virus across our public housing communities, our City, and our State. Our residents and participants rely on us and we cannot and will not let them down.
“The PHA wants all the people it serves to know we are working day and night during this difficult time to provide them with the highest quality customer service while seeking to keep our residents and employees safe. We remain open for business and have adapted, and will continue to adapt and refine, our services to meet the changing demands a successful COVID-19 response requires.
“I am grateful for our team, 230 strong, who have stepped up and taken our response seriously. They have offered their time and talent and showed flexibility, creativity, and passion allowing us to take the following actions:
“While we are open for business, many of our staff will be working remotely to serve our residents and participants safely. In addition to continuing to serve our customers during our normal business hours of 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, members of our security and facilities teams will remain on-call 24 hours a day. We ask our residents for patience as we expect some delays in regular maintenance as we prioritize emergency repairs and cleaning and limit face-to-face contact.
“We understand that staying connected and staying informed is important, as we know our plan and our responses will change as this unprecedented crisis evolves. What will not change is our unwavering commitment to our mission and to the people we serve. To stay up-to-date on the PHA’s COVID-19 response, you can visit our website www.provhousing.org or the PHA’s Facebook page @ProvHousing.
“We want to thank our Board of Commissions, Resident Advisory Board members, partners, staff and residents who have rallied together during this crisis. Our continued efforts will take time, patience, adaptability, and a willingness to join together to fight the spread of this disease.
“The PHA family is resilient and together we can, and will, get through this.”
About the Providence Housing Authority
Founded in 1939, the PHA develops and maintains decent, safe and sanitary housing and addresses the economic and social needs of its residents. They operate 2,606 public housing units in Providence and administer more than 2,600 units of Section 8 rental assistance, that allow low-income families to rent in the private market or project-based units throughout Providence. In total, the PHA serves of 12,000 Rhode Islanders with housing and social services.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
COLUMBIA, Md. -- Priscilla Almodovar has been named CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, following a unanimous vote by its board of trustees. Enterprise is a leading national social enterprise, creating opportunity for low- and moderate-income families through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.
Almodovar is a former Enterprise trustee and well-positioned to oversee the entire Enterprise family of companies, which consists of 1,200 employees and 11 market offices across the country. She will couple her strong business, philanthropic, banking and government background with an innovative approach to delivering capital, developing programs and advocating for bipartisan policies necessary to create and preserve homes that people can afford in inclusive and connected communities.
Almodovar will work with partners, funders, investors, residents and employees to scale neighborhood impact. Building on the strength and breadth of the Enterprise portfolio, she will also lead the organization through its next strategic planning process.
Under her leadership, Enterprise will strengthen its long-standing commitment to healthy communities by focusing on ground-breaking programs, like Health Begins with Home, supporting racial equity initiatives, and producing industry-leading impact investment tools and programs tailored to communities across the country.
“Priscilla has blazed a career path that uniquely situates her to lead a proven and powerful organization like Enterprise Community Partners,” said Ron Terwilliger, chair of the Enterprise Community Partners board of trustees, and chair of the Enterprise Community Investment board of directors. “She will be central to fully integrating Enterprise and shaping the strategic direction of the organization as it seeks to create more opportunity for low- and moderate-income people. She is joining Enterprise at a very exciting time.”
Almodovar is a veteran public- and private-side advocate for affordable housing and community development. She joins Enterprise from JPMorgan Chase, where, as a managing director, she led two national real estate businesses for their commercial bank, one in commercial real estate and the other in community development. In these roles, she led teams of real estate professionals responsible for partnering with for-profit and nonprofit entities, local and state governments, and other organizations to finance projects across the country. As head of Chase’s community development group, Priscilla was instrumental in JPMorgan Chase’s award-winning commitment to support Detroit’s economic recovery.
Prior to her time at JPMorgan Chase, Almodovar was CEO and president of New York State's housing finance and mortgage agencies, where she is credited with transforming the agencies and leading them during the Great Recession.
“I am honored to join the exceptional team at Enterprise who are focused on making a positive impact on the lives of countless families across the country,” Almodovar said. “Enterprise has always been an important voice on issues of opportunity, inequality and housing. And these issues are personal to me. I still remember as a 5-year-old moving into our first home. My family’s house was in a working-class Puerto Rican neighborhood in Brooklyn, connected to solid public schools, doctors, transit and more. Today, there are too many families being left behind. I am proud of my time at JPMorgan Chase and the difference we made in the communities it serves, and I look forward to continuing my career by helping others at Enterprise.”
More than one in four households who rent – 11.4 million – spend more than half of their income on rent, leaving too little for other necessities like health care, transportation and food. While the challenges are getting tougher, Enterprise will be relentless in our approach to finding new solutions.
“Priscilla is the complete package, offering all of the leadership qualities essential for a social enterprise to thrive,” said Jonathan Rose, an Enterprise Community Partners trustee and president of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC. “Her experiences and skills match every aspect of Enterprise’s toolkit to address the nation’s housing and opportunity crisis.”
Almodovar is among the very top Latinas in U.S. business today. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Almodovar, who lives in New York City with her husband Eric Dinallo and their two children, will begin in September.
Collectively, the Enterprise family of companies makes up a proven and powerful national social enterprise that improves communities and people’s lives by investing in well-designed homes that are affordable. We reinvest our earnings directly back into building opportunity by bringing together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over more than 35 years, Enterprise has created 585,000 homes, invested more than $43 billion and touched millions of lives.
Courtesy of Enterprise
March 12, 2019
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Enterprise Community Partners today launched the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (Criteria), which set the standard for green affordable housing construction nationwide. The Criteria, first launched in 2005 in consultation with leading environmental, public health and green building experts, were the first national green building guidelines specifically for affordable housing. For the first time, the Criteria will offer two levels of certification; Enterprise Green Communities Certification Plus will recognize the most exemplary green developments making the greatest strides along the “Path to Zero.” In addition to the Path to Zero, other major updates to the 2020 Criteria include new Project Priorities Survey to shape project goals with resident input, new approach to healthy and environmentally friendly building materials and amplified approach to stormwater management. Enterprise Green Communities is one of several initiatives under Building Resilient Futures, Enterprise’s core strategy working to expand climate resilience nationwide. Learn more about the 2020 Criteria on the Enterprise website.
The Boston University Initiative on Cities has released its 2019 Menino Survey of Mayors, which explores the views of 119 sitting mayors on issues ranging from infrastructure to climate change. The survey findings show that 30 percent of interviewed mayors cited infrastructure as the issue they would like addressed in the upcoming presidential election, followed by housing affordability (15 percent) and climate change (11 percent). Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of mayors see affordable housing as part of the city’s infrastructure and 27 percent of mayors believe that high housing costs are one of the top two obstacles to achieving social mobility for residents. While mayors want to increase the amount of housing in their cities, their desired increases are relatively modest – half of the mayors indicate that they want less than a 10 percent increase in the number of housing units in their cities over the next 10 years.
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By Christine Dunn
Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than 200 residents of the Hartford Parks and Manton Heights public housing developments have enrolled in Jobs Plus, a grant-funded program run by the Providence Housing Authority.
Staffers from the PHA, local officials and partners, and Jobs Plus participants met Thursday morning to mark the progress of the program, which launched in April.
The PHA received a four-year, $2.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to run the Jobs Plus program. The PHA was one of 24 public housing authorities in the country selected for the competitive grant program.
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