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Providence Journal: SNAP shoppers in R.I. get big incentive for buying healthy fresh produce

By Lynn Arditi

Journal staff writer

Posted Jul 16, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Updated Jul 16, 2017 at 7:02 PM

In program run by the R.I. Public Health Institute, people receiving SNAP assistance earn credit for another dollar toward their next purchase — essentially doubling their benefits.

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Inside the recreation room of a public housing complex, Olinda Vidinha hungrily eyed cartons brimming with fresh produce. Ripe cherry tomatoes. Brussel sprouts. Ginger root. Kiwis.

“I need vegetables,” she said, reaching for a box of organic mixed greens. “My fridge is empty.”

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PBN: No risk, no reward

Jeanne Cola | Rhode Island LISC executive director

My advice for nonprofit leaders is to take risks.

Traditionally, people view risk as a negative, but I don’t. It’s that element of uncertainty that creates the problem-solving energy to get us from the drawing board to the finish line. Embracing risk motivates action and propels the project toward success.

After spending many years in mortgage lending, corporate banking and community investment, I began to view risk differently. It prepared me to take the helm at LISC six years ago. Since then, we have focused our support on some key and pivotal projects in Rhode Island that didn’t necessarily meet the funding formula for other lenders.

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The Valley Breeze: NeighborWorks wins $200K in AmeriCorps funding

WOONSOCKET – NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $199,715 through Serve Rhode Island to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will provide housing assistance to economically disadvantaged renter households, many of whom are at-risk for homelessness, and transition them into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

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RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty: Transition & Opportunity: Director & Lead Organizer!

Opportunity: Director & Lead Organizer

The RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty is looking for a new Director & Lead Organizer. The full description is here. Please spread the word and share this with anyone you think might be a good fit.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Open Grant Opportunity: Design for Resilience

Applications are now open for our Design for Resilience grant program.

This program provides $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities due to climate, and then to identify and implement meaningful actions in response.

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ICPH: 30 years of homeless student education

This Saturday, July 15, marks the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act--the landmark legislation that mandated the removal of barriers to education for homeless children. Today, while there is still much work to do, we've made great strides in understanding more about how homelessness impacts children, and how educators can support them in receiving an education that will lift them out of poverty.

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Freddie Mac: Will the Hispanic Homeownership Gap Persist?

This is the American story.

A wave of immigrants arrives in the U.S. Perhaps they're escaping religious or political persecution. Perhaps a drought or famine has driven them from their homes. Perhaps they simply want to try their luck in the land of opportunity.

They face new challenges in America. Often they arrive with few resources. And everything about them sets them apart—their religions, their languages, their cultures, their foods, their appearances. They are not always welcomed. They frequently face discrimination in housing, jobs, education, and more. But over time, they plant their roots in American soil. They become part of the tapestry that is America. And they thrive.

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RIH: Annual Action Plan Public Hearing TODAY, 07/11




The Annual Action Plan is a document that outlines the proposed use of federal funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs, for the program year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

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PBN: Reed announces nearly $500K in federal funding to encourage independent living in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to ensure elderly and disabled residents receive health care, meals, transportation and other essential support services, U.S. Sen. Jack F. Reed recently announced $479,745 in federal funding will be disseminated in contract renewals for service coordinators in several Rhode Island communities. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Service Coordinator Program provides funding to employ service coordinators in assisted multifamily housing developments who connect residents to existing locally based programs and services.

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Providence Journal: Reverse mortgage help available to seniors facing foreclosure

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Jul 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Rhode Island Housing has announced a new reverse mortgage assistance program to help senior home owners with reverse mortgages who are facing foreclosure.

The program offers up to $50,000 to eligible seniors with reverse mortgages who are behind on their property charges. The money can be used to pay property taxes, homeowners’ insurance and homeowners’ and/or condo association dues and other property-related charges.

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