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The Block Island Times: Next step: Affordable rental apartments

The Block Island Planning Board has spent a considerable amount of time performing a delicate balancing act. They have been considering two proposals of inordinately different sizes and intents, yet the sensitivity of the members showed that Block Island has the capacity to accommodate almost – almost – everyone’s needs.

The two projects are the Hammarskjold proposal for the 16.7-acre Champlin’s Farm property, located on the shore of the Great Salt Pond, and the 4.5-acre affordable housing proposal located just off Cooneymus Road.

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2013 Housing Fact Book municipal data now available online

What is the average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Johnston? How about the median price for a single-family home in Cumberland? Do you earn the income needed for either of these homes to be affordable? The answers to these questions can be found in the City and Town data pages of HousingWorksRI.org.

These annual data points offer a sneak preview to an even more in-depth affordability analysis of 2012 data that HousingWorks RI will offer in the 2013 Housing Fact Book. The 2013 Housing Fact Book will be released Friday, September 27th.

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Q1 2013 Foreclosures in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – June 20, 2013 – HousingWorks RI today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q1 2013. The report looks at the number of residential foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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Ownership: the goal of affordable housing candidates

An article by Judy Tierney in The Block Island Times reads:

Island residents hoping to qualify for future affordable housing attended a forum hosted by the Block Island Housing Board last Saturday, January 12. They were joined by Cooneymus Road homeowners and other interested townspeople, to discuss options for the Brown/Smith property, a 4.5-acre parcel off Cooneymus Road the town purchased to add to the island’s affordable housing stock.

In a rare show of unity, there was an apparent consensus among the prospective residents that the property should hold home-ownership units, not rentals.

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Election Day is tomorrow: Vote Yes on 7!

The countdown is over, and Election Day is tomorrow! You can show your support for homes, for jobs, and for Rhode Island by voting Yes on 7!

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Partnership for Community Development - Registration open!

The Partnership for Community Development program at the School of Continuing Studies of Roger Williams University is now accepting registrations for the upcoming Fall 2012 semester.

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August 8, 2012 in Events

Training Webinar

On Thursday, August 9th from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (EST), The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (the Bank) is hosting its final Affordable Housing Program (AHP) webinar for the upcoming 2012 AHP funding round.

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August 8, 2012 in Events

Housing costs consume major portion of household income

The Center for Housing Policy today released revised and updated figures from its online interactive database, Paycheck to Paycheck, which shows that, even in more moderately-priced communities, people who work a full-time job pay an excessive portion of their income for housing.

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Advocates celebrate passage of Homeless Bill of Rights

Homeless advocates gathered at the State House on Wednesday to celebrate the signing of the Homeless Bill of Rights, the first of its kind in the nation. Governor Chafee signed the bill into law last week affirming equal access to services and opportunities regardless of whether an individual has a permanent address. It makes explicit that no persons face discrimination because they are homeless and outlines specific protections against such inequities.

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Committee votes to approve Housing Bond

Rhode Island's House Committee on Finance last week voted 15 to 1 in favor of a state budget that includes a $25 million bond for the creation of long-term affordable homes.

This vote maintains the $25 million housing bond proposed in Governor Lincoln D. Chafee's Fiscal Year 2013 state budget, while adjusting the distribution timeline from four years to two. This schedule will allow the state to renew the $12.5 million yearly revenue distribution for the creation of long-term affordable homes made possible by the original housing bond approved in 2006.

The budget proposal also supports other items pertinent to housing, including:

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