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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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Providence Journal: R.I. house sales, supply decline; condo prices surge as supply falls

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island house sales declined by 4 percent in April, and the supply of houses for sale fell by nearly 18 percent compared with April 2016, according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

There were 823 single-family house sales in April, the association wrote in its monthly sales report, scheduled for release Wednesday.

The median house price in Rhode Island in April was $245,500, an increase of nearly 2 percent compared with April 2016, the association said.

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The Narragansett Times: South County Habitat for Humanity is holding National Women Build Week event

Local women are invited to help renovate a home in Charlestown tomorrow


CHARLESTOWN–South County Habitat for Humanity invites women to join in renovating a four-bedroom home in Charlestown tomorrow, during Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week.

Launched in partnership with Lowe’s in 2008, National Women Build Week is meant to empower women to advocate for affordable housing.

“It helps show that everybody and anybody can help build a home,” added Cliff Tyler, development and marketing coordinator for South County Habitat for Humanity.

“There are many ways that you can volunteer with Habitat,” he continued. “It’s more than just picking up and swinging a hammer.”

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Rhode Island Housing: New Down Payment Assistance Program!

First Down Program Now Available

$7,500 in down payment assistance for eligible first-time homebuyers

A new down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers in eligible communities.

Available in the following six communities: Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick and Woonsocket.

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