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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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PBN: Some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods are attracting developers. Residents want a say in what happens next

By Mary MacDonald

Doug Victor, a 32-year resident of the Elmwood neighborhood in South Providence, wants to encourage economic development there that will help create jobs and services for local people.

But he and other residents are wary of development launched with little public engagement, citing plans for a relocated state parole office in an adjoining neighborhood.

“Four zip codes, and it wasn’t vetted in the community,” Victor said. “We found out about it after it was already authorized by the state.”

Now, as ground-up construction and redevelopment reach across Interstate 95 from the downtown to some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the new investments are eliciting mixed feelings.

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NLIHC: Take Action! Join Advocates in Urging Congress to Fund Affordable Housing Investments for the Remainder of FY2017

Take Action! Join Advocates for Today's Twitterstorm & Next Week's National Call-In Day

Tell your members of Congress to pass final spending bills for FY17 before the April 28 deadline and to protect affordable housing investments.

Lawmakers must pass spending bills by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. Failure to pass full spending bills puts vital investments in affordable housing and community development at risk. By participating in today's twitterstorm and a national call-in day on April 26, you can urge Congress to pass a clean budget and protect critical investments.

Twitterstorm Today at 3pm ET

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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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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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2016 Housing Fact Book Released

The Housing Fact Book presents a detailed portrait of housing affordability throughout the Ocean State, where both renters and homeowners (particularly the state’s lower and middle income groups) face high rates of housing cost burden. A household is considered cost burdened when it spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing.

Housing cost burdens continue to persist in the Ocean State. From 2000 to 2014, the percent of both homeowner and renter households that are considered cost burdened increased in Rhode Island. Currently, about half of all Rhode Island renter households, 1 in 3 homeowner households with a mortgage, and 1 in 5 homeowner households without a mortgage are housing cost burdened.

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2015 Housing Fact Book Released

The 2015 Housing Fact Book released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) includes a slew of new housing indicators that paint a more detailed picture of housing throughout the Ocean State. The figures released in the Housing Fact Book show a persistent housing cost burden for Rhode Island homeowners and renters alike, but particularly for the state’s lower and middle income groups.

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Latino Households Face Challenges in Rhode Island Homebuyer Market

HousingWorks RI (HWRI) and the Latino Policy Institute (LPI), its sister policy group at Roger Williams University, released an infographic today that shows the challenges facing Latino homeowners and some of the conditions preventing Rhode Island’s Latino renters from entering the homebuyer market.

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2014 Housing Fact Book

PROVIDENCE, R.I., October 3, 2014 – The 2014 Housing Fact Book released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) shows a persistent housing cost burden for Rhode Island homeowners and renters alike, but particularly for the state’s lower and middle income groups. 2014 marks the 10th annual Housing Fact Book and the analysis looks back at trends in housing affordability in Rhode Island since 2000.

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