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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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Providence Journal: Concentrated poverty, concentrated problems

By Casby Harrison III

By now it is well known that a large contingent of South Providence opposes former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino’s proposal to create 140 units of housing for the homeless at the former St. Joseph Hospital in zip code 02907.

The essence of these neighborhood concerns is that poverty is being concentrated in South Providence in a manner that is not occurring in other neighborhoods. Poverty is one thing, but concentrated poverty is an entirely different animal. The U.S. Census, HUD and a large body of social science literature define concentrated poverty as an area with 20 to 40 percent of the population living below the federal poverty line.

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2017 I'M HOME Conference - Providence

For the past 13 years, I’M HOME has convened a range of stakeholders interested in applying manufactured housing solutions to affordable housing challenges. Our annual conference brings together affordable housing developers, lenders, policymakers, industry experts, homeowners, community organizers and more. This year, we are gearing up for our best conference yet, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

We look forward to the opportunity to network, learn and share best practices with you in October!

This website is under construction. Come back in May to register and learn more!

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Providence Journal: Providence Housing Authority relaxes rule against ex-convicts

By Christine Dunn - Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Housing Authority's board of directors has approved a proposal to ease the rules for allowing people with criminal histories to live in public housing.

PHA Executive Director Paul J. Tavares said Friday that the vote was unanimous, with the caveat that "management will closely monitor" the results of the policy changes, and the board will "revisit" its decision in one year. The new rules will go into effect once they are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tavares said the HUD approval is expected by August.

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PBN: Pavilion Homes to replace former Roger Williams Housing Development in Lower South Providence

PROVIDENCE – The first phase of construction of two-family and single-family homes in Lower South Providence began in October, to be sold to homeowners who earn less than the median income in Rhode Island.

Pavilion Homes, an initiative of the Family Housing Development Corp. and Stop Wasting Abandoned Property, will be built on the site of the former Roger Williams Housing Development.

The first phase of the project will include five two-family homes and two single-family homes on Pavilion Avenue, Rugby Street and Byfield Street in Lower South Providence, according to a news release from the city of Providence.

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HousingWorks RI at RWU Moves to One Empire Plaza!

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University recently said goodbye to 150 Washington Street and moved into our newly renovated space at One Empire Plaza with the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies. Come, stop by and check out our new location! 

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HousingWorks and the Latino Policy Institute host HUD Secretary Julián Castro

HousingWorks RI (HWRI) and fellow Roger Williams University policy group Latino Policy Institute (LPI) recently hosted U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro at the University's Providence Campus.

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South Light - Lighting Installation Day Two

Be among the first to witness the South Light lighting installation being held this weekend, February 6th and 7th at the Grace Church cemetery. RISD students, along with SWAP and a number of other community organizations and businesses are working to raise awareness surrounding the Grace Church cemetery, with the goal to improve its overall condition.

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South Light - Lighting Installation

Be among the first to witness the South Light lighting installation being held this weekend, February 6th and 7th at the Grace Church cemetery. RISD students, along with SWAP and a number of other community organizations and businesses are working to raise awareness surrounding the Grace Church cemetery, with the goal to improve its overall condition.

Don’t miss out on the lights, music, and complimentary refreshments to be had! Join RISD students as well as other members of the community at the corner of Broad Street and Elmwood Avenue in Trinity Square.

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Panelists announced for 2013 Housing Fact Book luncheon; Register Now

HousingWorks RI is pleased to announce the panelists for our 2013 Housing Fact Book luncheon scheduled for September 27th. This year's Housing Fact Book examines how affordable housing can boost the purchasing power of our neighborhoods and strengthen Rhode Island’s economy. Our panelists promise to bring both national and local perspectives.

Chris Estes, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference

Andy Posner, Founder of the Capital Good Fund

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