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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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An Exploratory Study of the Affordable Care Act and Housing in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University released a qualitative study on the Affordable Care Act and Housing in Rhode Island on Wednesday, November 2nd.

To read the full report, visit the following link. The report is additionally listed under HousingWorks RI Publications.

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On behalf of United Way of Rhode Island: Polling Volunteers for Yes on 7 on Election Day

Dear Vote Yes on 7 supporter,

Thank you for your support for Question 7 on Election Day. As the final push, we are looking for volunteers at polling places. While we are feeling confident about winning, we still need to remind voters about Ballot question 7 and why it is important to vote yes.

There are three shifts (7-9am, 4-6pm, and 6-8pm) on November 8th. If you want to volunteer at your polling place where you are casting your ballot, please let us know when you register. We will be contacting you by Friday to confirm your volunteer location, timeframe, and the rules for volunteering at polling places. Palm cards and yard signs can be picked up at United Way (50 Valley St, Providence) on November 7th.

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On behalf of NLIHC: HUD Issues Guidance on Initial HOTMA Implementation

HUD last week issued guidance on the initial implementation of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) (H.R. 3700) that was signed into law in July. HOTMA includes important reforms to voucher inspections, treatment of high-income households in public housing, project-based vouchers, and the Family Unification Program, among many other changes. A broad coalition of housing advocates, including NLIHC, worked to advance versions of this legislation for many years.

While the document does not provide a section-by-section analysis of HOTMA or guidance for each section, it does:

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On behalf of NLIHC: HUD Releases New Data on Homelessness

HUD released The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 2 - Estimates of Homelessness in the United States on October 26. The report expands upon the findings presented in The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1 by adding one-year estimates of the sheltered homeless population collected through Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).

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5 Questions with Brenda Clement, HWRI at RWU Director

BY MARY MACDONALD | MACDONALD@PBN.COM

1. What is one of your first goals? To reconnect with my housing and community-development colleagues here in Rhode Island, and find areas where we can collaborate and support each other's work. Research shows that access to healthy, affordable housing bolsters positive outcomes in many areas, including health, education, employment and economic development.

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SWAP & Family Housing Development introduce Pavilion Homes

BREAKING GROUND

WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:00 am

WHERE: 182 Pavilion Ave. Providence, RI 02905

HOSTS: Mayor Jorge Elorza, City Council President - Luis Aponte, Family Housing Development,  SWAP

New Single and Two-Family Affordable Homes

Rain or Shine

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2016 Building Homes Rhode Island Map

For an update on Building Homes Rhode Island in the year 2016, click here.

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On behalf of LISC Rhode Island: Financial Opportunity Centers work!

Dear Colleagues and Partners, We would like to share news from our national office of promising new evidence that LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) approach is working.

An indepen­dent study by the Economic Mobility Corporation has found that clients of LISC's Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are more likely to be employed year-round, to reduce non-asset related debt and to build positive credit histories than comparison group participants. These findings offer concrete evidence that our model is successful in helping low-income people reach their financial goals and create a brighter future for their families. The evaluation was conducted as part of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund to implement evidence-based solutions.

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