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Make Room USA: Three cheers for Matthew Desmond!

Make Room Applauds Pulitzer Prize for Dr. Matthew Desmond

Those of us at Make Room are absolutely thrilled by the Pulitzer Prize Board's decision to recognize Matthew Desmond for his groundbreaking work. Evicted is a classic that combines a scholarly approach with powerful storytelling of low-income families living on the edge of eviction. As an organization dedicated to giving renters a voice, we remain deeply grateful to Matt for exposing America's rental affordability crisis. It's our hope that the Pulitzer Prize for Matt's work will serve as catalyst for public policy action. After all, as Evicted demonstrates, the lack of affordable housing is not only the result of poverty but a source of it as well.

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The Newport Daily News: Sylvia: Town needs to add senior housing

By Matt Sheley, Staff writer

Middletown Town Council President Robert Sylvia wants the community to pursue a public-private partnership to add affordable housing for local seniors.

At Monday night’s meeting in Town Hall, Sylvia said for too long there’s been talk but no action by the town to join its neighbors in Newport and Portsmouth, which both offer senior housing.

To get the dialogue going – again – Sylvia floated the idea of using the Oliphant Lane-West Main Road property now used by the School Department for its administrative offices and ballfields for such a project.

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Providence Business News: Staples receives LRI award

RICHARD STAPLES was recently honored as Leadership Rhode Island’s 2017 Volunteer Award recipient. Staples, who retired from Fannie Mae in 2014, has volunteered as LRI’s photographer for more than four years.

In what ways does photography help LRI’s mission?

My primary reason for volunteering as class photographer is to give Core Program and College Program participants a curated, visual diary of their class’ journey, keeping session-day messages, emotions and calls to action fresh in their minds. I also believe the photos help them celebrate the classmate relationships they enjoyed during their LRI experience and will lead to more connected, engaged alumni working together to support LRI and help make Rhode Island stronger.

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Providence Journal: Concentrated poverty, concentrated problems

By Casby Harrison III

By now it is well known that a large contingent of South Providence opposes former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino’s proposal to create 140 units of housing for the homeless at the former St. Joseph Hospital in zip code 02907.

The essence of these neighborhood concerns is that poverty is being concentrated in South Providence in a manner that is not occurring in other neighborhoods. Poverty is one thing, but concentrated poverty is an entirely different animal. The U.S. Census, HUD and a large body of social science literature define concentrated poverty as an area with 20 to 40 percent of the population living below the federal poverty line.

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WPRI: 12 facts every parent should know about RI kids

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter

Published: April 10, 2017, 1:15 am Updated: April 10, 2017, 7:25 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – From rising high school graduation rates to a spike in babies exposed to addictive opiates, the annual book of statistics on Rhode Island children and their parents released by the state’s leading child advocacy organization has lots of important information.

The Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook will be formally unveiled at a breakfast event Monday, but Eyewitness News got a sneak peek at all of the data. (You can read the full Factbook here.)

Here’s an overview.

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NEHN: Home Matters in New England

Housing matters to New England. Housing that is affordable is critical to our economy, healthy communities, and stability for families.

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The Washington Post: Trump’s EPA moves to dismantle programs that protect kids from lead paint

By Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin - April 5

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint, which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems.

The proposed cuts, outlined in a 64-page budget memo revealed by The Washington Post on Friday, would roll back programs aimed at reducing lead risks by $16.61 million and more than 70 employees, in line with a broader project by the Trump administration to devolve responsibility for environmental and health protection to state and local governments.

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The Block Island Times: Rental housing survey planned by Housing Board and BI Economic Development

By Pat Tengwall, Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:45am

The two island-based organizations with the mission of developing affordable housing will cooperate on a survey to document island residents' need for both year-round and seasonal rental housing units.

Two representatives of the Block Island Economic Development Foundation took part in the Block Island Housing Board's March 15 meeting to refine a draft questionnaire and begin planning for the survey's implementation.

“We want to know: Is there a need for rental housing on Block Island?” began Housing Board Chair Cindy Pappas. “What data are we looking for [and] what questions will elicit the data?”

And, “Who is our audience for this survey?” asked member Millie McGinnes.

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2017 I'M HOME Conference - Providence

For the past 13 years, I’M HOME has convened a range of stakeholders interested in applying manufactured housing solutions to affordable housing challenges. Our annual conference brings together affordable housing developers, lenders, policymakers, industry experts, homeowners, community organizers and more. This year, we are gearing up for our best conference yet, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

We look forward to the opportunity to network, learn and share best practices with you in October!

This website is under construction. Come back in May to register and learn more!

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Rhode Island Housing: Request for Proposals

Strategic Planning Consultant


Through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), Rhode Island Housing seeks proposals from qualified firms to design and facilitate a targeted strategic planning process.


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