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Providence Journal: My Turn: Froma Harrop: Price rises on Houston’s ‘cheap’ housing

By Froma Harrop

Posted Sep 5, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Updated Sep 5, 2017 at 5:56 PM

As the floodwaters recede, much of Houston’s famously “affordable” housing may seem less of a bargain. We’re not just talking about rising rents, inevitable with so many units destroyed. We are talking about the emotional cost of having to move in with friends, rebuild and buy new furniture more than once in a lifetime.

Floods have been a regular occurrence in Houston, but the city’s lack of zoning and sloppy land-use practices made matters worse. Developers had covered land that could absorb water and built willy-nilly in floodplains.

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Providence Journal: Feds say R.I. misspent $1.2 million in foreclosure-relief funds

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Sep 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM

Updated Sep 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new federal audit accuses Rhode Island Housing of wrongly charging $1,238,288 in expenses to the Hardest Hit Fund, a federal program created in response to the foreclosure crisis.

Since the Hardest Hit Fund was launched in 2010, Rhode Island has received nearly $116 million from the fund, which is operated by the U.S. Treasury Department through its Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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RI Future: DARE challenges RI Housing on Housing Bond criteria

By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2017

As Rhode Island Housing‘s Board of Commissioners met inside their offices at 44 Washington St. in Downtown Providence, DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) held a demonstration outside challenging the use of a $50 million housing bond (Question 7) approved by voters in November. DARE says they are disappointed “that the program’s criteria targets higher income renters, includes no specifics on job creation and no genuine resident input on the needs for revitalization the program claims to address.”

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Rhode Island Monthly: Rhode Island's Lead Problem

Why does this public health issue persist in 2017?

August 25, 2017 by Ellen Liberman

After cramming two adults and three daughters in a two-bedroom apartment, Christine Jett thought the Dutch Colonial in Edgewood was going to be a step up. The street was leafy and sloped down to Narragansett Bay. The cedar-shake rental had plenty of space and buckets of vintage charm — including the proverbial white picket fence.

But in time, she came to think of that house as an enemy.

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Congressman David Cicilline Invites You to Attend His Annual Senior Resources Fairs

CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE - As the U.S. Representative for Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, I am committed to ensuring that our seniors can access the finest resources and services that are available at the local, state and federal levels. Our incredible community of seniors deserves the best, and that’s why I hope you will join me at my Senior Resources Fairs, which will be held in East Providence and Woonsocket.

East Providence

Tuesday, September 19TH

5:00-7:00 PM

East Providence Senior Center

610 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 02914

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DARE Calls on RI Housing to Make Greater Effort to Address Affordable Housing

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) board member Malchus Mills spoke with GoLocal's Kate Nagle ahead of Thursday's event in front of RI Housing, when DARE, along with homeless advocates from the RI Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHAP) and Jobs with Justice will be highlighting how they say the $10 million "revitalization" program they rolled out in late July (a part of the housing bond from November's ballot) is not going to benefit low-income Rhode Islander's with affordable housing and jobs.

According to DARE, "RIH made this more like a TSA giveaway to already well off folks with high-income limits and a lack of criteria to ensure 'revitalization' and commercial projects funnel these state dollars to those in the most need and create the longest lasting impact."

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Five Questions With: Stephen Miller

By Mary McDonald, PBN Contributor

Stephen Miller, a longtime attorney, recently was appointed probate judge for the town of Lincoln. For 35 years, he has owned Stephen M. Miller & Associates, a law firm based in Providence. He serves as president of the board of directors for the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. He responded recently to several questions posed by the Providence Business News.

PBN: What do people misunderstand about the homeless population of Rhode Island? Do they assume it’s mostly male or confined to cities?

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SK Planning Board talks housing in latest comp plan update

By KENDRA GRAVELLE, The Narragansett Times Contributor

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—As the process to overhaul the town’s comprehensive plan continues, members of the planning board Tuesday received on update its status.

The process to update the town’s comprehensive plan—which is meant to establish a vision for the community and provides guidance on how to achieve that vision—began earlier this year with an open house during which community members gave their input on topics like climate change, energy conservation, renewable energy production and agriculture.

Although the update is targeted—the state now requires that sections on topics like energy conservation and natural hazards be included—the town has taken the opportunity to review and make revisions to the entire document.

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Cumberland Housing Authority earns ‘high performer’ rating

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Housing Authority has been designated a high performer on the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) and Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) for the fiscal year ending 2017. These reviews and audits are conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Towns lose thousands in expected grants

By GABRIELLE FALLETTA, The East Greenwich Pendulum Contributor

EAST GREENWICH- Several Rhode Island towns are facing negative impacts after being notified in late July that many of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for local programs and agencies will not receive the funding they typically see.

Locally, six social services programs applied for a total of $136,702 to fund several projects in the area, and after the meeting in late July, East Greenwich, along with many other towns across the state, were notified that none of their applications from the Plan Year 2016 will receive funding.

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