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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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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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Roger Williams University awards grant to HousingWorks RI - Announces plans for integration

Roger Williams University has awarded a $50,000 operational grant to HousingWorks RI and has begun integrating HousingWorks RI into its University Relations Division. The integration represents a synergy between the strategic objectives of the University and the research, policy and communications work of HousingWorks RI.

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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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