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Lead Funds Announcement: $3.1M for Rhode Island

The availability of $3.1 million for lead paint hazard control and lead awareness programs in Rhode Island was announced at a news conference Monday morning at Rhode Island Housing. Attending alongside the many supporters present were U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representative David Cicilline.

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State approves plan for 38 housing units in North Kingstown

An article in today's Providence Journal announces final approval for the construction of 38 units of affordable housing in North Kingstown, to be known as North Cove Landing.

The development was approved unanimously by the Coastal Resources Management Council earlier this week.

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LISC Rhode Island 2010 Report to the Community

Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) recently released their 2010 Report to the Community. The report highlights the successful initiatives at work in Rhode Island to improve the quality of life in some of the most challenged neighborhoods.

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the organization, which has invested nearly $300 million to create 7,000 affordable homes, child care programs for more than 6,500 children, and thousands of jobs for Rhode Islanders. You can learn more about LISC RI by visiting their website.

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Affordable Homeownership opportunity in Westerly

On Monday, February 7, 2011 at 7:00pm, South County Habitat for Humanity will host an informational meeting to learn about and apply for an existing 2-bedroom unit in a duplex in Westerly.

Information will be provided about the Habitat program and about becoming a Habitat homeowner. Application forms will be on hand, and a list of items needed to complete the application will be provided.

The meeting will take place at the South County Habitat office, 1555 Shannock Road in Charlestown, RI. For further information, you may call South County Habitat for Humanity at (401) 213-6711 or email schabitat@southcountyhabitat.org.

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Warwick Affordable Homes receive recognition

The Thomas Wilbur Homestead, located in Warwick, Rhode Island, was recentlty featured in the January/February 2011 issue of Affordable Housing Finace magazine.

Entitled Providing Hope, the article looks at the history of the site and how seamlessly the new apartments blend into the neighborhood; as well as the critical need they fill.

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Rhode Island Households Most Cost-Burdened in New England

For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau has released 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates and the data confirm a persistent housing affordability crisis for Rhode Islanders. HousingWorks RI's analysis of the data indicates that Rhode Island is the most housing cost-burdened state in New England.

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Workshop Series: Creating Affordable Homes in Your Community – Housing Financing

A workshop for affordable housing volunteers entitled Creating Affordable Homes in Your Community: Housing Financing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Meadows in North Smithfield.

Participants are encouraged to come early for a tour of The Meadows from 4:30-5:30. Dinner will follow the tour at 5:30, with the presentation portion of the program beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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Olneyville in Providence Featured on CNNMoney.com

CNNMoney.com recently visited the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence to see the great work being done by the Olneyville Neighborhood Corporation. The article, entitled "What $1 million buys in a blighted neighborhood" highlights the success of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, (NSP)  - federal funding meant to stabilize communities hit hard by foreclosures.

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Women’s Development Corporation wins $1M grant to develop affordable housing

By Kimberley Donoghue

PBN Web Editor

PROVIDENCE – The Women’s Development Corporation, a nonprofit developer and manager of more than 1,000 housing units in Rhode Island, has been awarded a $1 million Capital Magnet Fund grant, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s office announced on Thursday.

The Women’s Development Corporation will use the grant to leverage $24.5 million for the development of 155 units of affordable housing.

“In addition to providing quality homes, these new housing units will help spur economic development and boost tax revenues for cities and towns across the state,” said Alma Felix Green, president of the Women’s Development Corporation.

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State: WARM's housing plan a go

By LESLIE ROVETTI / Sun Staff Writer

WESTERLY - A state board has overturned a decision banning the WARM Center from building eight affordable housing apartments at its Spruce Street location.

The State Housing Appeals Board on Tuesday unanimously overturned the November 2009 decision of the Westerly Planning Board that prevented the nonprofit organization from building the apartments for low-income residents with physical or mental disabilities.

"I think the winners in this are the eight to 10 disabled people that will have safe, affordable housing," said Rev. Jean Barry, the center's executive director.

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