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UWRI: Awarding $100,000 in Grants From Housing For All Fund

Continuing its commitment to addressing and solving Rhode Island’s lack of housing affordability, United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) is awarding $100,000 in grants from its Housing For All Fund to four local organizations. Funds will be distributed in January 2018, and each organization was selected for their ability to put promising program ideas into action to facilitate change at the systems level.

HNRI Seeks Community and Partner Engagement Specialist

The Housing Network of Rhode Island is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to develop and implement a robust community engagement strategy that is focused on building a grassroots network of residents and leaders who are committed to increasing affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income Rhode Islanders and coordinate communications and messaging activities across partners.

Enterprise: Community Developments: Updates on AFH Suspension, CR Averts Government Shutdown

A daily roundup of news impacting housing and communities.

PBN: Five Questions With: Joseph M. McNamara

Rhode Island has an aging population and one of the oldest housing stocks in the country. To help the physically disabled and seniors remain in their homes, Rep. Joseph M. McNamara, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would provide a tax credit for improvements meant to make houses accessible. His bill (2018-H 7142) would provide a credit against state personal income tax worth 50 percent of the renovation cost, up to a maximum of $5,000. The bill would apply to retrofits of existing houses and new homes that have accessible features. McNamara, who was first elected in 1994, argues the loss of state tax revenue will be more than made up by lessened state expenditures on nursing home care. He spoke to the Providence Business News this week about his bill.

GoLocal Prov: Crossroads RI COO Wilcox on Challenges & Solutions to Homelessness in RI

Chief Operating Officer of Crossroads Rhode Island, Michelle Wilcox says in 2017 their organization served over 3,200 individuals. She says while they know the solution to homelessness is housing, the Rhode Island economy makes it difficult because housing prices are high, and vacancy rates are extremely low, which drives the cost of hosing up even further. Another challenge for helping the homeless population in Rhode Island is funding.
HousingWire: Amazon pick for second HQ likely in already overheated housing market

HousingWire: Amazon pick for second HQ likely in already overheated housing market

The moment we’ve all been waiting on baited breath for finally happened this week, as Amazon revealed the 20 finalists for its second headquarters, commonly referred to as Amazon HQ2.

PBN: Laros receives 2017 Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award

Erica Laros of Laros Law in Providence was awarded the 2017 ­Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award for her work on behalf of the Childhood Lead Action Project. The Rhode Island Bar Association’s award honors lawyers who make noteworthy contributions in time and effort to a Rhode Island nonprofit organization on a strictly volunteer basis.

NYT: Tax Overhaul Is a Blow to Affordable Housing Efforts

The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some three million apartments for low-income residents.

PBN: R.I. Housing approves $837K in low-income housing tax credits for Smithfield development

The R.I. Housing Board of Commissioners approved $837,000 in 2018 low-income housing tax credits for the Georgiaville Village Green housing development in Smithfield, the agency announced Thursday.

HUD: Office of Capital Improvements Highlights

The PIH Office of Capital Improvements administers the Capital Fund. The Capital Fund provides funds, annually, to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements.

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