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Going green is good news for Affordable Housing

By: Amy Cola

Going "green" is becoming a standard for affordable housing. When many think of going green, they think of using green materials, they don't necessarily think of how one of the benefits of green building is making homes more affordable by reducing month utility costs for residents.

In the 2010 Housing Fact Book, HousingWorks RI researched the many benefits of going green and how many local nonprofit developers build sustainably. From energy-efficient appliances to geothermal heating and cooling systems, affordable housing developers in Rhode Island have incorporated sustainable design into the homes they are creating.

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The Community Partnerships Center seeks affordable housing projects

The Community Partnerships Center (CPC) at Roger Williams University (RWU) is seeking projects with non-profit organizations and government agencies (regional, state and local) that focus on affordable housing.

The CPC provides project-based assistance to nonprofit organizations and government agencies in communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Their mission is to undertake and complete projects that will benefit the local community while providing Roger Williams University students with experience in real-world projects that deepen their academic experiences.

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Sandywoods recognized for excellence

Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton has been named one of only five winners nationwide to receive the 2013 John H. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing by the Boston Society of Architects.

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FY2014 State budget heads to Governor's desk

With a 32 to 6 vote, the Senate late last week approved the FY2014 State budget previously approved by the House of Representatives.

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Online survey seeks your input

Rhode Map RI is asking for public input to answer the question How can we make Rhode Island a globally competitive place to work and run a business?

To share your point of view, simply complete the online survey and join the conversation. You can choose up to three from a list of responses, including adding more affordable housing.

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Collaboration between Housing Nonprofits and Local Government: Join the Webcast

Across the nation, both nonprofits and local governments are grappling with how to meet their communities housing needs with fewer or decreased resources. Recognizing this shared endeavor, Habitat for Humanity International commissioned the Urban Institute to examine what tools are necessary to "build strong, sustainable collaborations to meet communities' post-recession challenges."

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June 10th: Smart Growth Awards

On Monday, June 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Grow Smart Rhode Island will celebrate the 2nd Annual RI Smart Growth Awards Reception at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

This event promotes the many benefits of smart growth by profiling successful local individuals, projects and plans that play to Rhode Island’s strengths, generate sustainable economic benefits and improve communities and neighborhoods in the process.

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Conference materials available online

The Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing recently hosted Housing Opportunity 2013, their 5th annual housing conference.

Nearly 300 real estate and community development professionals from across the globe gathered in Seattle for the event, which explored a range of housing issues.

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Ribbon Cutting in Providence

On Monday, March 11th at 11 a.m., Omni Development Corporation, WinnDevelopment and their community partners welcome U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Governor Lincoln Chafee to a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony for Phoenix Apartments in Providence.

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HUD recognizes local success in long-term affordable housing

Cottages on Greene, located in East Greenwich, RI, was recently recognized on HUD.GOV as an innovative approach to infill development. Completed in November 2010, the 15-unit development includes five well-integrated, long-term affordable homes.

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