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…

Aldersbridge Communities joins East Point development

July 28th, 2022|

he council, at its July 19 meeting, gave the second of two mandated approvals to an ordinance authorizing a Tax Incremental Financing agreement, a “TIF,” between the city and the developers “East Point” project in Rumford, amending the initial pact to include a new partner, the local non-profit Aldersbridge Communities.

“Aldersbridge at East Point” is now part of the endeavor, a four-story, modern apartment building with 39 units of affordable, independent living-style housing for LGBTQI+ elders and their loved ones.

Representatives of Aldersbridge and Noble Development LLC, the lead developer, made their first presentation to the council on the amended proposal at the body’s June 21 meeting. They made follow-up comments last week. Aldersbridge is partnering with Barbara Sokoloff Associates (Providence) and ONE Neighborhood Builders (Providence) on the building…

Governor McKee Announces Over $11 Million in Grants to 27 Nonprofit Agencies to Address Homelessness in Rhode Island

July 26th, 2022|

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee today announced that his Administration is allocating over $11 million in resources from the Consolidated Homeless Fund (CHF) to 27 nonprofit agencies to assist Rhode Islanders who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. CHF brings together various funding sources, including local, state, and federal dollars, in a single coordinated effort to support homeless programs…

Pawtucket Central Falls Development to repurpose two buildings. Here’s the plan

July 13th, 2022|

PAWTUCKET — A nonprofit agency plans to turn a vacant medical building formerly owned by the state into apartments, half of them at below-market rents.

Pawtucket Central Falls Development was chosen by the city to redevelop two properties into affordable housing. The city bought the medical building at 160 Beechwood Ave. from the state for $400,000 following an auction by the city in November that set the purchase price. The city also bought a single-family home on Owen Avenue.

The organization is still working on plans for 15,000-square-foot office building as it prepares to buy it from Pawtucket by the end of summer. The building could reopen as housing as early as 2024, if “everything lines up just right,” Executive Director Linda Weisinger said.

The current vision is 50% affordable housing, including a portion for those making no more than 30% of the area median income — $20,000 for a single person or $29,000 for a family of four — and the rest either market rate or restricted to people at a higher percentage of the median income, Real Estate Development Director Andrew Pierson said…

Bills to address housing crisis signed into law

July 5th, 2022|

STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives’ package of 10 bills to address the state’s housing crisis has been signed into law. The legislation was backed by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Rep. June S. Speakman, chairwoman of the Special Legislative Commission to Study the Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act…

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