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JOB OPENING: Community Engagement Specialist, Housing Network of RI

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.

HNRI: 2018 Annual Meeting - Please Join Us

Join HNRI in celebrating another year of hard work and success and acknowledging the contributions of our partners at the Providence G Rooftop on Monday May 21, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.

Winn PR: Join Us and Celebrate the Rehabilitation of Historic Prospect Heights

Please join Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, RIHousing Executive Director Barbara Fields, members of the community and representatives from WinnCompanies, OMNI Development and the Pawtucket Housing Authority as we mark the completion of the first phase and the commencement of the second phase of redevelopment at historic Prospect Heights, a 292-unit, 21-acre public housing community in Pawtucket, RI.

ProJo: Rhode Island’s McAuley Ministries casts its net wide to help others

Lunch won’t be served for another 15 minutes, but the line is already out the door at McAuley House on Elmwood Avenue. Seemingly out of nowhere, dozens of people converge just after 11 o’clock. Many arrive by bus, others by foot and some by car, all knowing that during a day filled with uncertainty a meal at McAuley is something they can count on.

PBN: Affordable housing is more than an inexpensive place to live

The inability of people – especially young people starting out in their careers with less than median salaries and high college debt – to afford a place to live can deprive a region of its economic lifeblood. Barbara Fields, the subject of this week’s cover story Q&A, knows this reality intimately. She is the executive director of the R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp., known to most everyone as R.I. Housing. While the issue of affordable housing is a complex one, Ms. Fields has a pretty simple answer: Build, build, build.
Neighborhood Housing Summit: South Side and West End of PVD

Neighborhood Housing Summit: South Side and West End of PVD

Neighborhood statistics for the South Side and West End of Providence for the upcoming Neighborhood Housing Summit.

PBN: The state needs a stronger affordable-housing law, says R.I. Housing. Executive Director Barbara Fields isn’t waiting for it to be changed.

R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year in a position of financial strength, says Executive Director Barbara Fields. It has created programs to assist first-time homeowners, expanded its servicing of mortgages to include those generated by MaineHousing and emerged from the Great Recession with a surplus of financial assets. But it is working against a backdrop of unaffordability. Half of all renters and 30 percent of homeowners in Rhode Island are housing-cost burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their take-home income on rent and utilities. Fields has been executive director of the quasi-public agency since January 2015. She previously was the New England regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. in Providence. What’s the best way for Rhode Island to increase access to affordable housing? “Build, build, build,” she said.

JOB OPENING: Community Organizer, Childhood Lead Action Project

The Childhood Lead Action Project is looking for an experienced community organizer to facilitate local-level, community-driven advocacy campaigns aimed at eliminating lead poisoning in Rhode Island. The new organizer will assist with efforts already underway in several areas of the state, and take primary responsibility for moving our efforts forward in Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket.Fluency/high level of proficiency in both Spanish and English is essential.

LISC RI: April is Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month. Here is a summation of LISC RI's work in the community, including Success Story: Miguel Escobedo.

ProJo: Financing OK’d for housing in Lincoln, North Kingstown and Providence

The Rhode Island Housing Board of Commissioners approved financing and low-income-housing tax credits Thursday for three affordable developments, one each in Lincoln, North Kingstown and Providence.

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