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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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Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day

By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press

Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM

BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.

That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.

The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.

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ULI: How Smarter Land Use Policies Can Strengthen Local Housing Markets


A new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report, Yes in My Backyard, shows how state and local governments can create more of the housing options communities increasingly need through smarter local land use policies and incentives.

The report provides ULI members and other real estate leaders with actionable advice on how their states and cities can create a better policy environment for housing development, with real examples from states around the country.

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PBN: Five Questions With Jennifer Hawkins

By Mary MacDonald - August 18, 2017 3:59 am

Jennifer Hawkins | Executive director, ONE Neighborhood Builders

1. What are your top priorities? My top priority is being a responsible steward of the resources the community has entrusted to ONE Neighborhood Builders. Our real estate development work helps protect the natural resources of this community, and we must ensure that the scarce financial resources available to ONE|NB are used responsibly to realize the greatest impact.

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Providence Journal: Elorza, city planners hear from neighbors about revitalizing Providence’s Broad Street

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Sep 6, 2017 at 10:48 PM Updated Sep 6, 2017 at 10:48 PM

PROVIDENCE — South Providence is the city’s most diverse neighborhood, and that diversity is something that residents are proud of and want to preserve.

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PBN: Reed announces $300K in federal community development grants

By PBN Staff, September 6, 2017

PROVIDENCE – A total of $300,000 in federal funding in community development grants for three NeighborWorks America affiliates was announced by U.S. Sen. Jack F. Reed Wednesday.

“NeighborWorks has a proven track record of revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing community involvement, and these federal funds will help to strengthen our communities, improve access to affordable housing and spur economic development,” said Reed.

Both NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley and ONE Neighborhood Builders will receive $100,000 each in portfolio-strengthening grants in order to improve their respective enterprises by optimizing revenues and expenses, improving asset values and driving better underwriting for future deals.

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RI Future: DARE challenges RI Housing on Housing Bond criteria

By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2017

As Rhode Island Housing‘s Board of Commissioners met inside their offices at 44 Washington St. in Downtown Providence, DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) held a demonstration outside challenging the use of a $50 million housing bond (Question 7) approved by voters in November. DARE says they are disappointed “that the program’s criteria targets higher income renters, includes no specifics on job creation and no genuine resident input on the needs for revitalization the program claims to address.”

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Rhode Island Housing: Application for Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Program (“ARP”)

The Rhode Island Housing Funding Application for Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Program (“ARP”) is now live on the Rhode Island Housing website.

This application will be due by 4:00PM on Friday, August 25th, 2017.

Click here to view the ARP Proforma, and other Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs).

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Providence Journal: Mo Vaughn, Joe Morgan inducted into PawSox Hall of Fame

By Mark Daniels

Journal Sports Writer

PAWTUCKET – It’s been 14 years since Mo Vaughn put on a baseball uniform, but life for “The Hit Dog” hasn’t slowed down in retirement. Instead of wearing just a baseball cap, the former Red Sox MVP wears many hats now in the form of a successful businessman.

On Sunday, he earned another as he, along with former PawSox and Red Sox manager Joe Morgan, were inducted into the PawSox Hall Of Fame.

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RIBA: The Rhode Island Builder: July 2017

To view the July 2017 edition of the award-winning monthly magazine of the Rhode Island Builders Association, click here.

Topics for this edition include:

  • Barriers to Building, Part 7
  • 67th Annual Clambake: August 11
  • Housing Production

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