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Housing Discrimination Advocacy - This Tuesday!

Faith in Action Advocacy Day this coming Tuesday (May 21st).

The Sun: Tools and equipment valued at $20,000 stolen from South County Habitat for Humanity

South County Habitat for Humanity is conducting an emergency fundraiser following the theft of $20,000 worth of tools and equipment from a construction trailer at a building site in Exeter.

ProJo: Towns lobby for easing of R.I.’s affordable-housing mandate

Narragansett Town Planner Michael J. DeLuca, speaking for eight communities in Washington County, urged a legislative commission Wednesday to change state law so that more low-cost housing could be counted as affordable housing.

RI Monthly: How Much Does It Cost to Rent an Apartment in RI?

The 2018 RI Kids Count Factbook, released on Monday, is fascinating. It provides a window into the lives of Rhode Island’s children, and it also offers some peripheral data that contextualizes how the state’s youngest residents are raised.

ecoRI News: Poorly Planned Green Energy Grows in Rhode Island

Both climate solutions are identified as “green” — in fact, one literally is — but the Mother Nature-created one is being destroyed to make room for the manmade one. Some proponents of the latter say chunks of the former need to be sacrificed if society is to kick its dirty fossil-fuel habitat. Their well-intentioned argument goes something like this: we can’t say no to everything and we need renewable energy. While renewable energy is a must, it shouldn’t be given carte blanche to be sited anywhere and everywhere. If that’s the development practice Rhode Island embraces, environmental degradation will continue. Public health will suffer.

NK Standard Times: Exeter TC supports policy to mediate foreclosures

At the request of Rhode Island's Attorney General, the Exeter town council voted Monday to support the removal of a sunset provision regarding the residential mortgage foreclosure mediation passed in 2013.

ProJo: In Exeter, landscaped meadows transform Deer Brook Estates from its gravel pit past

Deer Brook Estates had the appeal of a gravel pit when Mary and Harry Armen Jr. moved into their new condo in 2009. Later, it was transformed by inspired landscaping from its former life as a gravel quarry. The property just south of the R.I. Veterans Cemetery on Route 2 was owned by a Michael D’Ambra company called Rico Corp. D’Ambra and Hugh A. Fisher became partners to build Deer Brook Estates, which Fisher marketed as “woman-centric homes.” The concept included adding more and better storage such as closets with multiple shelves, a pantry, laundry facilities on the same floor as bedrooms, and drop zones near the entrance to capture keys, mail, handbags, coats and boots, with charging stations for cell phones, to keep clutter out of the living space.

East Greenwich Pendulum: Towns lose thousands in expected grants

Several Rhode Island towns are facing negative impacts after being notified in late July that many of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for local programs and agencies will not receive the funding they typically see. Locally, six social services programs applied for a total of $136,702 to fund several projects in the area, and after the meeting in late July, East Greenwich, along with many other towns across the state, were notified that none of their applications from the Plan Year 2016 will receive funding.

Turn to 10: Rhode Island home sales booming

Rhode Island's real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down, as parts of the state are seeing a big boost in home sales. Although many home prices are climbing with more buyers in the market, interest rates are still low, which makes a larger mortgage more affordable.

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