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The Valley Breeze: Council debates affordable housing ‘requirement’ in train zone

By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

PAWTUCKET – Does the use of a particular word really hurt the city?

It’s a question City Council members disagreed on last week as they debated how to keep pending developments from pricing lower income residents out of Pawtucket.

The council reached a temporary stalemate over a resolution encouraging all development around a future new train station off Pine Street and Goff Avenue (set to begin construction in 2020) to truly foster the creation of an economically diverse community.

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PBN: Reed announces nearly $500K in federal funding to encourage independent living in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to ensure elderly and disabled residents receive health care, meals, transportation and other essential support services, U.S. Sen. Jack F. Reed recently announced $479,745 in federal funding will be disseminated in contract renewals for service coordinators in several Rhode Island communities. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Service Coordinator Program provides funding to employ service coordinators in assisted multifamily housing developments who connect residents to existing locally based programs and services.

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The Valley Breeze: Prospect Heights set for major renovations

PAWTUCKET – Prospect Heights has been sold and will undergo major renovations.

The Pawtucket Housing Authority last Wednesday announced the “phase 1” finalizing of financing for the sale and redevelopment of 101 units at its 560 Prospect St. site.

The purchaser is Prospect Redevelopment I Limited Partnership, a Rhode Island limited partnership between Omni Development Corp. of Providence and WinnDevelopment of Boston. With with the transaction, WinnResidential will manage the remaining 191 units (phase 2) on behalf of the Pawtucket Housing Authority until financing can be secured for the redevelopment of those units.

The redevelopment costs for the phase 1 units are estimated to be $7.7 million, funded through a variety of partners.

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Providence Journal: $11.2M housing project in Pawtucket a cause to celebrate

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — By the end of July, it will be an active construction site. But on Saturday afternoon, the corner of East and Branch streets was the scene of a neighborhood block party organized by Pawtucket Central Falls Development.

Balloons, face painting and games for children were all part of the fun, along with music and food. About 100 people attended the event.

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The Valley Breeze: Homelessness on the rise as rents climb

One city elementary school trying to help its 11 homeless families

By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

PAWTUCKET – Three years ago, staff at Cunningham Elementary School knew of just one homeless family at the school. Last year, that number grew to five families. This year? Cunningham is home to students from 11 homeless families.

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Rhode Island Housing: New Down Payment Assistance Program!

First Down Program Now Available

$7,500 in down payment assistance for eligible first-time homebuyers

A new down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers in eligible communities.

Available in the following six communities: Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick and Woonsocket.

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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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June 10th: Smart Growth Awards

On Monday, June 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Grow Smart Rhode Island will celebrate the 2nd Annual RI Smart Growth Awards Reception at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

This event promotes the many benefits of smart growth by profiling successful local individuals, projects and plans that play to Rhode Island’s strengths, generate sustainable economic benefits and improve communities and neighborhoods in the process.

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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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