PBN: One answer to blight

Providence's EveryHome program has revived hundreds of once-blighted properties, but is it helping those who need it most?

By Scott Blake - June 21, 2019 4:00 am

During a panel discussion in Providence following a screening earlier this month of a documentary featuring a family left homeless after an eviction, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza talked about the anger he feels about poor housing conditions in the city and other urban centers.

It's a sign of “the erosion of the social safety net that we've allowed for a long time,” Elorza said following the screening of Brown University graduate Oscar Dupuy d'Angeac's short film, titled “Providence Lost.”

The film portrays the family as victims of a “housing crisis” in Rhode Island.

“It is a direct consequence of policy decisions made by people in power for a long time,” Elorza told a crowd of about 200 people. “The answer isn't going to come from Washington, [D.C.], but from the local level.”

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