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The Sun: Stonington gets feedback on proposal to expand number of accessory dwellings

If the town were to allow more types of accessory dwelling units in its regulations, the change could provide more affordable housing but might also lead to an excess housing supply or more short-term rentals.

NLIHC: Senate Confirms Brian Montgomery as HUD Assistant Secretary, FHA Commissioner

The Senate confirmed Brian Montgomery as the HUD assistant secretary for housing and commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on May 23.

NLIHC: Congress Permanently Authorizes the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

President Trump signed into law a permanent extension of the “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act” (PTFA) on May 24. The PTFA was included in a larger deregulation bill (S. 2155) passed by the House on May 22. The PTFA, which expired at the end of 2014, enables renters whose homes were in foreclosure to remain in their homes for at least 90 days or for the term of their lease, whichever is greater.

Enterprise: Community Developments: Improving the Affordability & Effectiveness of the NFIP

A daily roundup of news impacting housing and communities: May 29, 2018.

ProJo: My Turn: Laura Calenda: Most homeless are working poor

The headline on Mark Patinkin’s May 23 column labeled Judy McGill, the 53-year-old woman who has been living with her cats beneath a bridge near the Providence Place mall for the last several months, “The face of homelessness.” But she is not really the “face” of the problem.

Newport This Week: Child Homelessness Numbers Second in State

Data reporting that Middletown trails only Providence in the number of students who are classified as “homeless” in Rhode Island was a principal topic at the May 17 Middletown School Committee meeting. The data, which was disseminated by Rhode Island Kids Count, a child advocacy organization founded in 1994, numbered the amount of homeless Middletown students at 115. But Vice-Superintendent Linda Savastano disputed that number.

Housing and HIV Summit: June 20th

Housing and HIV Summit to take place on June 20th from 8:30AM - 12:00PM at Rhode Island College.

RILiving: Single-family Home Prices Continue Upward Trend While Closing Activity Drops

Rhode Island’s median single-family home price rose 10 percent at the beginning of the second quarter while closing activity began to constrict, falling nine percent compared to April of 2017. The supply of homes for sale fell to 3190 last month, from 3569 12 months earlier.

ProJo: Gentrification locking some out of housing market

Several speakers at HousingWorks RI’s forum on gentrification on Friday said they don’t need an academic study to tell them that many longtime city residents are getting priced out of the housing market. City Council member Luis Aponte said it’s almost impossible to find an apartment in South Providence today because so many houses are being purchased by investors who renovate them and then rent them for ”$650 or $750 a month, per bedroom” to students.

HousingWire: Military members most likely to utilize zero-down mortgages

It’s Memorial Day! This weekend, as the U.S. takes an extra day off work, grills out and maybe even hangs out at the pool, it will also remember all its military members who died during active service. In memory of those who serve our country, the National Association of Realtors released an infographic which shows how the home buying preferences of service members and veterans differ from the rest of the population.

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