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NLIHC: New Report Shows that High Cost of Rental Housing in the U.S. is Out of Reach for Millions

We are pleased to announce the release of Out of Reach 2017: The High Cost of Housing. This report, released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), reveals that on average a full-time worker in the U.S. must earn $21.21 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment and $17.14 to afford a one-bedroom apartment. The report indicates that housing costs are "out of reach" for both for the average renter and for millions of low-wage workers, seniors and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes, and other low-income households.

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Block Island Times: Affordable housing project sparks further debate at Zoning Board meeting

By Cassius Shuman, Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00am

The Block Island Housing Board’s Cherry Hill Lane development sparked an impassioned discourse between two parties on opposite sides of the issue at a recent Zoning Board meeting. The Housing Board is seeking a special use permit from the Zoning Board to proceed with construction of the development to address the island’s need for affordable housing. The project has received the approval of the Planning Board.

While Housing Board Chair Cindy Pappas expressed the need for affordable housing on the island at the meeting, noting that the development’s footprint would not be altered, and that the board “wanted to be good neighbors,” abutters opposing the project said it raised “density” concerns and would “create suburbia.”

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The 2017 I'M HOME Conference: Save the Date!

Save the Date: 2017 I'M HOME Conference

October 2-4, 2017 | Providence, RI


Mark your calendars: the 2017 I'M HOME Conference will take place October 2-4 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI!

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Grow Smart RI: Those shaping a stronger RI to be recognized June 6th

News Release


Scott Wolf - 401.273.5711, x4; 401.258.3125 (mobile) swolf@growsmartri.org

John Flaherty – 401.309.8707 (mobile) jflaherty@growsmartri.org

Those shaping a stronger RI to be recognized June 6th

Grow Smart RI will celebrate 2017 Rhode Island Smart Growth Award winners at the Stadium Theatre in Downtown Woonsocket

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HUD: HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Host Homeownership Forum

CNBC’s Diana Olick leads expert panel in a discussion about today’s housing market and the resources available to homebuyers

June is National Homeownership Month, a time to reflect on the impact that owning a home has on household wealth, neighborhood stability and our nation’s broader economic health. The theme of National Homeownership Month 2017 is Finding Your Place in a New Era of Homeownership.

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Providence Journal: Study reveals R.I.’s affordable housing shortage

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More housing supply is needed in Rhode Island, now and in the near future, to accommodate the state’s growing millennial and senior populations, members of the Senate Committee on Housing & Municipal Government were told Wednesday.

Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields and Brenda Clement, director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, presented findings from a recent study on the state’s future housing needs to committee members.

The study, completed last year, found that at least 3,500 units per year of new housing is needed to meet projected needs through 2025, but actual production has been lagging for years.

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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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HUD Exchange: Register Today: 2017-2018 Building HOME Webinar Series

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Affordable Housing Preservation (OAHP) will again offer the virtual delivery of the Building HOME training series. Each series will include 4 weekly 2-hour sessions on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern time followed with a one hour office hour session on Thursday to review homework and answer questions related to that week's materials. This course is a prerequisite for all other HOME topical courses. The virtual delivery of Building HOME provides an overview of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), including the latest requirements codified in the July 24, 2013 HOME Final Rule.

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Providence Business News: Five Questions with Barbra Freitas

By Eli Sherman 

Barbara Freitas, Director, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project

1 What is the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project? RIHAP is a grassroots organization that does nightly street outreach to the homeless, as well as advocacy work [ranging] from issues with service providers, all the way to legislative advocacy.

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