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More senior women in Rhode Island burdened by housing costs

More senior women “heads of households” own their homes today, but for those with a mortgage, the cost burden is high. A new infographic released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island offers a glimpse at Rhode Island households headed by women aged 65+.

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Q1 2014 Foreclosures in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q1 2014. The report looks at the number of foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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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.

Learn More:

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Providence Journal: R.I. Housing to launch new down-payment assistance program

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Housing plans to hold launch its “First Down” program Friday to offer offer down-payment assistance to eligible first-time home buyers. The program is designed for people buying homes in Rhode Island communities hardest-hit by the foreclosure crisis.

The down-payment assistance is available for buyers purchasing a one- to four-family home or condominium in one of the selected areas, and the property must be the buyer’s primary residence. Buyers must also obtain a Rhode Island Housing first mortgage through a participating lender or Rhode Island Housing.

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RICH: Please Join Us at the State House on May 10th!

Join Us at the State House for 2017 "Power of Community" Advocacy Day

Wednesday, May 10th

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2nd floor at the State House

82 Smith Street * Providence

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Mark Your Calendars: Save the Date for the 2017 Housing Fact Book Luncheon!

The 2017 Housing Fact Book marks the 13th edition of this annual publication and will take a deeper dive into Rhode Island communities through the introduction of regional data. With the addition of regional data, HousingWorks RI plans to provide a wider overview to Rhode Island residents of the state’s 39 cities and towns through analyzing the overall impact of encompassing communities.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence

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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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WPRI: 12 facts every parent should know about RI kids

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter

Published: April 10, 2017, 1:15 am Updated: April 10, 2017, 7:25 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – From rising high school graduation rates to a spike in babies exposed to addictive opiates, the annual book of statistics on Rhode Island children and their parents released by the state’s leading child advocacy organization has lots of important information.

The Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook will be formally unveiled at a breakfast event Monday, but Eyewitness News got a sneak peek at all of the data. (You can read the full Factbook here.)

Here’s an overview.

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NEHN: Home Matters in New England

Housing matters to New England. Housing that is affordable is critical to our economy, healthy communities, and stability for families.

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The Washington Post: Trump’s EPA moves to dismantle programs that protect kids from lead paint

By Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin - April 5

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint, which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems.

The proposed cuts, outlined in a 64-page budget memo revealed by The Washington Post on Friday, would roll back programs aimed at reducing lead risks by $16.61 million and more than 70 employees, in line with a broader project by the Trump administration to devolve responsibility for environmental and health protection to state and local governments.

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