Press Releases

LISC Rhode Island Awards $620,000 to Community Development Partners

October 20th, 2022|

PROVIDENCE, October 19, 2022 – Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island today announced more than $620,000 in grant awards to Community Development Corporations to support the organizations in their mission to create and preserve affordable housing in Rhode Island.

The awards are part of LISC’s Neighborhood Development Fund, an annual grant program that provides funding for operational expenses, capacity building, and provides robust technical assistance for CDC partners throughout the year. Since its inception in 1995, LISC’s Neighborhood Development Fund has awarded more than $13.2 million to community development corporations in Rhode Island. The program’s primary focus is to increase the ability of the state’s CDCs to produce affordable housing while addressing broader community revitalization issues…

E.P. reaches affordable housing goal with opening of rehabilitated Sutton Place

October 17th, 2022|

EAST PROVIDENCE – The city became the seventh municipality in Rhode Island to reach the state’s 10% community goal for affordable housing with the opening of a 36-unit complex on Monday.

ONE Neighborhood Builders hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly rehabilitated Sutton Place apartment complex of affordable housing.

“When communities invest in affordable housing, they are investing in a stronger economy. We would not be in a position to open the doors of Sutton Place without strong support from our partners in government, from the federal delegation all the way to the local and municipal leaders in East Providence,” said ONE Neighborhood Builders Executive Director Jen Hawkins. “East Providence is now the seventh municipality in Rhode Island to reach the state’s 10 percent low- and moderate-income housing goal.”…

Rhode Island expert outlines worsening housing crisis

August 2nd, 2022|

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As rental rates rise across the state, Rhode Islanders now face harsh realities of a continued housing crisis, that shows no signs of ending soon.

The rising rental rates have driven families from their homes, like the Ringland’s of Barrington.

Their monthly rent went from $950 to $1,800 over the past two months.

Jack Ringland explained Thursday, “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, I guess Barbara could go up to New Hampshire and live with her mother, and they tell me I still have a right to get into the veteran’s home.’ That’ll make us 150 miles away from each other. That’s no way to spend the rest of our days.”

Brenda Clement, director of Housing Works Rhode Island, said the nearly doubling of monthly rental is legal.

She explained Tuesday, “Most tenants in Rhode Island are month-to-month tenants, and as such, are at risk of a landlord saying, ‘I’m doubling your rent and I’m terminating your residency with proper notification.’”…


July 28th, 2022|

PROVIDENCE, RI– In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in Rhode Island, full-time workers need to earn $24.32 per hour. This is Rhode Island’s 2022 Housing Wage, revealed in a national report published today. The report, Out of Reach, was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) —a research and advocacy organization dedicated to achieving affordable and decent homes for people with the lowest incomes— and Homes RI —a coalition of organizations working together to increase the supply of safe, healthy and affordable homes throughout Rhode Island. Homes RI is coordinated by the Housing Network of Rhode Island…

Housing has become less affordable in much of New England, new report finds

July 28th, 2022|

PROVIDENCE — A person earning minimum wage in Rhode Island would have to work at least 79 hours each week in order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent, according to a new national report.

The Out of Reach report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition also found that Rhode Islanders need to earn a minimum of $24.32 per hour to afford an average two-bedroom apartment at fair market rate in 2022…

Volunteers provide free home repairs to area residents

July 28th, 2022|

WOONSOCKET – On July 18, 225 volunteers from the interdenominational Christian nonprofit, Group Cares, came to Woonsocket to repair the homes of 22 homeowners throughout the city as part of the Woonsocket Free Home Repair Program, coordinated by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. Monday through Friday volunteers painted, repaired decks, and weatherized the houses, all free of charge.

According to a news release, the program launched on July 18 as the volunteers, who came from across the country, piled into the gym at Hamlet Middle School after spending their first night sleeping on the floor of a classroom. The group was welcomed by representatives from Group Cares, and by Meg Rego of NWBRV.

2022 marks the fourth year that NWBRV has partnered with Group Cares, to provide free home repairs for homeowners and their families. With the pandemic disrupting programming in 2020 and 2021, organizers said many of the home repair recipients have been waiting for this work since they initially applied in 2019…

Member News

The state owns dozens of vacant properties. Could they be used for housing?The Providence Journal, September 18th

Tidewater Landing moving forward & converting offices to housing – New England Real Estate Journal, September 15th

Plans for Beechwood Avenue go to zoning board for green light – The Valley Breeze, September 6th

Shri Yoga opening celebrates passion, purpose, presence in Pawtucket – The Valley Breeze, August 29th

Work to build 176-unit affordable apartment complex in Providence starts with remediation – The Providence Journal, August 26th

Rhode Island food bank receives $500,000 grant to support disproportionately impacted communities – NBC10, August 23rd

State leaders hold ribbon cutting ceremony for affordable housing community in Exeter – NBC10, August 23rd

Former church in Cumberland officially acquired by One Neighborhood Builders for housing – PBN, August 22nd

Pawtucket home seeker comes up empty, despite new state resource – The Valley Breeze, August 16th

Affordable Housing Flatlining in Portsmouth – ecoRI News, August 10th

First-time buyer celebrates new home – The Valley Breeze, August 9th

R.I. housing crisis is impacting businesses. Some companies are trying to solve the problem themselves. – The Boston Globe, August 8th

Berman awarded for community development leadership – PBN, August 4th

When Rep. June Speakman talks, people listen – Convergence RI, July 31st

Political Roundtable: Santilli on housing, homelessness – and where things go from here – The Public’s Radio, July 28th

Council authorizing affordable housing application – The Valley Breeze, July 19th

State officials celebrate Shekarchi housing package in Warwick – Rhode Island Current, July 5th

Housing advocates pleased with legislative strides, but are they enough? – PBN, June 30th

You can still buy a house, or condo, for $300K in RI. Here’s what the market looks like. – The Providence Journal, June 28th

Amid housing shortage, access to care wavers – PBN, June 23rd

R.I. program helps train people in homeless shelters, low-income residents to become CNAs – The Boston Globe, June 19th

Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon partners with Crossroads to support homeless families – WPRI, June 15th

How RI’s public housing authorities provide affordable housing and fight stigma – The Providence Journal, June 12th

Desolate, hopeless, distressing, painful, unpredictable, heartbreaking, inadequate – Uprise RI, June 8th

In R.I. House budget package, what to know about housing and development – The Boston Globe, June 2nd

Plan to provide affordable units behind schedule – Jamestown Press, May 25th

Unions, public housing agencies want to see state build affordable units – The Providence Journal, May 21st

TD Bank grants $175K to Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corp. – PBN, May 15th

Proposed affordable housing campus could transform part of East Providence. A collaborative of nonprofits is seeking $28m to do it.. – The Boston Globe, May 11th

ONE Neighborhood Builders starts construction on East Providence development – PBN, May 3rd

Newport Spring Park moves closer to reality – Newport Daily News, April 28th

Portsmouth voters approved plans for senior housing in 2021. Where the project stands. – Newport Daily News, April 27th

Crossroads RI planning apartment units for homeless residents with medical concerns – ABC6, April 19th

ONE Neighborhood Builders buys 3 acres in East Providence, plans mixed-income development – PBN, April 14th

ONENeighborhood Builders breaks ground on latest East Providence project – EasyBayRI, April 10th

Central Falls wants to turn a former Dunkin’ and a courthouse into affordable housing – The Providence Journal, April 7th

A look at three affordable housing projects planned in Newport County – Newport Daily News, April 4th

Housing nonprofit releases vision for neighborhoods in Central Providence Roadmap – NBC10, March 27th

Stone and Steeple: How a nonprofit plans to turn St. Patrick’s Church into affordable housing – The Providence Journal, March 21st

RI’s new housing secretary faces a series of old problems – The Boston Globe, March 15th

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on family’s home – NBC10, March 6th

‘It’s hard out there’: R.I. lacks shelter space as Cranston Street Armory could close in 2 months – The Boston Globe, March 1st

SWAP calls for more government action amid the housing crisis – NBC10, February 13th

RI leaders outline affordable housing efforts – WPRI, February 7th

The heat in Rhode Island’s largest unhoused warming center failed last night – Uprise RI, February 4th

The uphill battle to solve R.I.’s housing crisis – The Boston Globe, January 27th

Affordable Housing Stock Shrinks in Some R.I. Towns – ecoRI News, January 23rd

Blue Cross awards $740K to organizations addressing housing issues – PBN, January 22nd

Big changes considered to RI affordable housing law. Here’s what might be coming – The Providence Journal, January 13th

R.I. housing secretary’s report may not be compliant with state law – The Boston Globe, January 9th

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