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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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PBN: Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

By Emily Gowdey-Backus

August 18, 2017 5:30 am

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became full-time residents in 2009. That’s when they began putting into action a plan to prove “a year-round business can work” on the island, said Sven.

Today, North Light Fibers, an 8-year-old micro yarn mill, employs six ­workers year-round. Its yarn is spun from alpacas and yaks at The 1661 Inn’s farm, a neighboring hotel, as well as from fibers from across the country.

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September 20, 2017 in Local Interest

Providence Journal: New owner of Providence affordable family apartments at Barbara Jordan I plans rehabilitation

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Sep 14, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Updated Sep 14, 2017 at 6:48 PM

“The sale and rehabilitation of Barbara Jordan I will dramatically improve the quality of life in the South Side,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said Thursday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After years of neglect and poor management, the 193 affordable family apartments in the Barbara Jordan I development, which includes 82 two- and three-family houses at scattered sites in South Providence, will be rehabilitated by a new owner, Omni New York, which plans a $50 million-plus investment in the property.

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September 20, 2017 in Local Interest

2017 Housing Fact Book Release: Registration is OPEN!

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Morning Session:

8:00am - 11:30am

Location: Roger Williams University, 

1 Empire Street, Providence RI


12:00pm - 1:30pm

Location: Rhode Island Convention Center,

1 Sabin Street, Providence RI

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CohnReznick: Report Analyzes Current State of Affordable Housing Tax Credit Properties

In CohnReznick’s sixth survey of owners of properties financed with federal low-income housing tax credits from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), CohnReznick found that housing tax credit properties are operating better than any period in the program’s history. Along with the encouraging performance metrics, from a legislative awareness standpoint, the study also details the rising number of low-income renters who need affordable housing.

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September 13, 2017 in Local Interest

Providence Journal: Beneficent House in downtown Providence marks special milestone of success

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Sep 11, 2017 at 7:27 PM

Updated Sep 11, 2017 at 7:27 PM

PROVIDENCE — Tracine Johnston worked downtown for the telephone company 20 years ago. She had been living in Kent Heights in East Providence, but wanted to live closer to work. She found a new apartment that fit her budget at Beneficent House.

Juan Guaredo has been living at Beneficent House for 37 years. He said he used to own a two-family house in the city, but he couldn’t manage the upkeep anymore, and wanted to move to an apartment. Kay Chin has lived there almost as long as Guaredo — 34 years.

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September 12, 2017 in Local Interest

Enterprise: Responding to Storm-Damaged Residents & Communities

Putting Our Experience to Work in a Devastating Hurricane Season

Our nation is bracing itself as another storm of unprecedented magnitude threatens the southern coast of the United States. As we ensure that residents and homes in the area are prepared for Hurricane Irma, Enterprise is also lending its knowledge, experience and resources to meet the immediate needs of families and their communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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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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WPRI 12: 100s of RI students are starting the school year homeless. How one shelter is trying to help.

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter, Diana Pinzon and Patrick Little

Published: September 6, 2017, 6:00 am Updated: September 6, 2017, 10:04 am

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Hundreds of Rhode Island children are starting the school year without a permanent place to live, forcing them to stay with other families, in motels or in the most dire circumstances, on the streets.

But a homeless shelter in Middletown is working to support families by assisting mothers to find jobs and affordable housing while also trying to keep children from falling off track in school.

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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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