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The Block Island Times: Cherry Hill Lane hearing continued

Citing ongoing concerns from abutters living next to the proposed Cherry Hill Lane affordable housing subdivision, Planning Board Chair Margie Comings kept the public hearing open until the Board’s next meeting in May in order to give others a chance to comment on the project.

PBN: Economic progress, backsliding and confusion coexist in R.I.

While the numbers don’t lie, it would seem they often don’t tell a very clear story, either. So it is with a snapshot of Rhode Island and New England’s economy thanks to statistics collected by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

PBN: Can free showers help the homeless?

Could the simple service of a free, hot shower be a solution to the complex issue of homelessness? It could be if the restoration of dignity is the start of a relationship that gets someone off the streets and into a supportive environment, says House of Hope Community Development Corp.

ProJo: Community activists set up mobile shower unit to help the homeless

It’s easy to take a hot shower for granted. Unless your water heater busts. Or your plumbing doesn’t work. Or you live on the streets. Shower to Empower set up shop this week on Central Street on the city’s South Side, bringing a trailer with two private stalls for the use of people who are homeless.

AP: Rhode Island’s capital aims to create affordable housing

Providence is trying to figure out how to create more affordable housing. The City Council passed a resolution Thursday night creating a commission to look at why housing is expensive in Providence and what can be done about it.

ProJo: Economic, racial gap persists in R.I. schools

Rhode Island’s four-year high school graduation rates improved slightly over last year’s figures but substantial gaps remain between white students and students of color as well as between poor students and their middle-class peers. The R.I. Department of Education reported that, overall, 84.1 percent of the Class of 2017 graduated, a 1.3-point increase over last year.

PBN: Names 2018 Business Women honorees

PROVIDENCE — Sandra J. Pattie, president and CEO of BankNewport, has been named the 2018 Career Achiever in the 2018 Providence Business News Business Women Awards, and Kathleen Malin, vice president of technology and operations at the Rhode Island Foundation, will be honored as Outstanding Mentor at the 11th PBN Business Women Awards celebration at the Providence Marriott Downtown May 24.

The Westerly Sun: Richmond council approves grant application for housing project’s water system

At a public hearing Tuesday, members of the Town Council approved an application for a $310,000 Community Development Block Grant for a water system for the Richmond Ridge affordable housing project.

ProJo: R.I. allowance for ‘in-law’ units is little known

They’re sometimes known as “in-law apartments” or “granny flats.” But Rhode Island law gives them a more formal name: accessory dwelling units. On Jan. 1, 2017, a change in state law went into effect, allowing owner-occupants of single-family homes to build these units by right for senior relatives ages 62 or older. Previously they were allowed by right only for disabled family members. Since the law changed, some residents have made inquiries about accessory dwelling units, according to local building and zoning officials. But only a small number have apparently gone ahead with plans to build them.

U.S. News: Rhode Island's Eviction Rate Highest in New England

Rhode Island had the highest eviction rate among New England states in 2016, and Providence's rate nearly tripled Boston's. The Providence Journal reports new data from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University shows elevated eviction rates in the Ocean State. There were 5,069 evictions in Rhode Island in 2016 and 1,580 in its capital city.

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