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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.’”…

AFFORDABLE HOMES CONTINUE TO BE OUT OF REACH FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN RHODE ISLAND

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…

Members in the News

Temporary housing community set to open up in Providence this spring – ABC6 News, February 21

What can other towns learn from Burrillville’s affordable housing success story? – The Public’s Radio, February 8

The courage to speak the truth about domestic violence – Convergence RI, February 5

These RI affordable housing projects are getting $500k for energy efficiency – The Providence Journal, February 2

Crossroads President Michelle Wilcox Named Interim CEO – Crossroads RI, February 1

Looking Upwards, Officials kick off construction of 2 Hammett Court, an affordable housing development in Jamestown – What’s Up Newp, January 23

Jamestown’s 2 Hammett Court breaks ground to provide inclusive housing opportunities – The Newport Buzz, January 22

Echo Village, a community of little houses to shelter the unhoused, planned for Providence – Steve Ahlquist, January 11

R.I. plans to place small shelters for homeless individuals behind Foxy Lady strip club in Providence – The Boston Globe, January 11

Vacant land eyed for apartments on Federal Hill sells for $1.28M – Providence Business News, January 5

Woonsocket mills will be converted into income-restricted apartments – The Providence Journal, January 4

2023

House of Hope awarded $20K to help residents this winter – Warwick Beacon, December 28

NeighborWorks to break ground on major Millrace project – The Valley Breeze, December 21

Pilot program launched to combat homelessness in R.I. – Providence Business News, December 20

Mayor Smiley Designates Additional $5.4M to Affordable Housing Developments – City of Providence, December 13, 2023

New street medicine program brings health care to Rhode Island’s homeless – Rhode Island Current, December 1st

How the global chip shortage is delaying an affordable housing project in East Providence – The Providence Journal, November 28th

Produce and gardening space available to residents at Galego Court – The Valley Breeze, November 21st

Judge upholds decision to allow Carr Lane affordable housing – Jamestown Press, November 16th

Ambitious Habitat plan calls for 22 new houses in Westerly – Westerly Sun, November 11th

PCF Development acquires Woodlawn Credit Union properties for affordable units in Pawtucket – The Valley Breeze, November 8th

Crossroads Rhode Island kicks off construction of new permanent supportive housing development – The Brown Daily Herald, October 26th

PCF Development leading the affordable charge as sobering numbers arrive – The Valley Breeze, October 25th

Crossroads RI is building 3 low-income housing projects. Here’s what it needs to finish. – The Providence Journal, October 11th

Crossroads RI breaks ground on new apartment project – NBC 10 News, October 6th

R.I. housing department eyes family shelter expansion this winter – The Boston Globe, October 5th

Rhode Island eviction prevention assistance program ends – The Brown Daily Herald, October 2nd

‘Mini-Forest’ Plants Seeds of Change for Neighborhood Youth – EcoRI News, September 28th

R.I. Department of Housing awards $10M to bolster winter homeless services, shelters – Providence Business News, September 27th

West Warwick Rejects Homeless Housing Project – News Radio 920 AM 104.7 FM, September 22nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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