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The Newport Daily News: Warming centers offer shelter from the cold

With temperatures expected to plunge into the teens and single digits in the next few nights, some local organizations are functioning as warming centers for the homeless.

WPRI 12: Volunteers spread holiday cheer, feed homeless on Christmas

Scurrying around the Brightridge Club in East Providence, Darlene Anctil is spending her Christmas day volunteering. Anctil is one of many handing out cake and meals with all the fixings and drink to hundreds of homeless people in Rhode Island.

PBN: FHLB provides $1.8M for affordable housing in Rhode Island

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston last week announced it provided $1.8 million in grants and loans to support affordable housing in Rhode Island.

ProJo: My Turn: Laura Jaworski: R.I.’s forgotten, targeted, vulnerable people

Megan Smith was driving to work on Providence’s heavily traveled Broad Street one fall afternoon when she saw something in the road. It took her a second or two to realize that “something” was a man.

Providence American: Mayor Elorza Announces Down Payment and Home Repair Assistance for Homebuyers

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced funding opportunities for residents looking for both down payment assistance for home purchases and loans for home repairs.

ProJo: Crossroads RI helps mother and son find a home they can call their own

“I was looking for a better way of life and a better education for my son,” Lisbeth Matos Cruz said, when she left Puerto Rico. They lived with a relative in Rhode Island initially, but then circumstances grew intolerable.

The Jewish Voice: Vigil to mark 10 years of fighting poverty with faith

Ten years ago, a group of 29 faith leaders and advocacy organizations in Rhode Island got together and formed the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty.

ProJo: Karen Santilli: Homelessness grows in Rhode Island

Homelessness in Rhode Island is on the rise. The state saw a 1.7 percent increase in homelessness this year according to a new report by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Statewide, 1,180 people experienced homelessness on a single day earlier this year. Nearly 400 were children in homeless families; almost 100 were veterans. Of even greater concern, Rhode Island’s chronically homeless population nearly doubled, increasing from 136 to 240.

Cumberland Seeks Town Planner

The Town of Cumberland seeks a Town Planner to work in a municipal office environment that encourages collaboration and opportunity for professional growth. The Town Planner’s principal responsibility is to propose, prepare, administer and maintain records for Community Development Block Grant projects and programs as well as grants from other private, state and federal sources. He/she will prepare status reports on all grant projects; insure that funded projects are in compliance with local, State and Federal regulations; and perform related work as required.

HousingWire: Fannie, Freddie announce final plan to serve underserved markets

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac today each revealed their final plans to confront the growing U.S. affordable housing crisis. The low inventory of affordably prices homes continues to shrink, and Freddie Mac announced its plan focuses on supporting underserved markets by financing more rural and manufactured homes. With this effort, the company hopes to preserve affordable housing for homebuyers and renters across the U.S.

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