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Community Developments: Enterprise Releases Report on SMMF Properties

  • Small and medium multifamily housing (SMMF) – properties with between two and 49 units – is a much more important source of homes than has generally been recognized, especially for low-income households, according to new research from Enterprise and The USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, housed at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

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LISC RI: 2016 By the Numbers

These numbers tell the story of resources—dollars and time—that LISC Rhode Island has invested in our state. The story doesn’t end there. We hope you will spend a few minutes watching this video and learning more about LISC’s impact from our local community partners.

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Reed, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness from Being Shuttered

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to prevent and end homelessness, and ensure that states and communities have a comprehensive strategy and coordinated support from the federal government, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (the Council). The Council is an independent agency that coordinates federal efforts to efficiently and effectively combat homelessness, working across 19 federal agencies and departments and with partners in both the public and private sector to find ways to streamline and improve service delivery to people experiencing homelessness.

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Providence Journal: Providence Housing Authority relaxes rule against ex-convicts

By Christine Dunn - Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Housing Authority's board of directors has approved a proposal to ease the rules for allowing people with criminal histories to live in public housing.

PHA Executive Director Paul J. Tavares said Friday that the vote was unanimous, with the caveat that "management will closely monitor" the results of the policy changes, and the board will "revisit" its decision in one year. The new rules will go into effect once they are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tavares said the HUD approval is expected by August.

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South County Independent: RI Association of Realtors supports South County Habitat for Humanity accessible home remodel

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors recently made a contribution of $5,000 to South County Habitat for Humanity to be used for the remodeling of an area home to make it handicap-accessible for a future homeowner. South County Habitat is remodeling a one-level, single-family area home for a single mother and her 7-year old, Christian. As a baby, Christian suffered an accident and was left with severe developmental and physical disabilities. In their current living situation, Christian’s mother, Catherine, carries him up three flights of stairs, as they live in a cramped third-floor walk-up apartment. Christian’s doctors give him 4-5 years to live because of the current living situation and the pressure on his spine from the endless hours spent in a wheelchair.

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The Providence American: Direct Action for Rights and Equality Sends a Message to the Providence Housing Authority

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Providence, RI - Early this morning a number of volunteers from the Providence community came together to drop a banner in front of the Providence Housing Authoritys Administrative office. Around 8am an unknown volunteer from the community entered the building and hung an approximately 20 foot banner from the fifth floor. The banner reads, Unified Families + Stable Housing = Rehabilitation | Fair Housing Now | Sign the petition online @ bit.ly/fair-housing-pvd. The banner action is one in a series of actions throughout the day that are in line with #cut50 campaigns Day of Empathy!

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Livable Home Tax Credit- H-5778 and S-477

What is a Livable Home Tax Credit

  • It is a tax credit provided to homeowners that make modifications to homes to improve accessibility and universal visitability.

Why it is needed? Demographic changes. In the next 15 years it is projected that the age 65 + population will increase by 40%. Accessible housing will become a significant issue in the future.

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The Bollinger Foundation: Grants - Apps Due May 5th, 2017

Qualifications

We welcome the nominations of families in which the deceased parent worked - or the surviving parent continues to work - in the field of public or affordable housing, or community and economic development. To date, the Bollinger Foundation has not awarded grants outside of this priority area, and is unlikely to do so in the future.

The Foundation primarily provides funds for children's education. This can include - but is not limited to - grants towards special educational needs, school materials, and college tuition. We have also awarded funds for counseling and other special needs.

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CFED: A Downpayment on the Divide: Steps to Ease Racial Inequality in Homeownership

CFED's brand-new report, A Downpayment on the Divide: Steps to Ease Racial Inequality in Homeownership, explores the relationship between race and homeownership and recommends ways to leverage the wealth-building potential of homeownership to close the divide.

Racially discriminatory homeownership policies and practices in the housing market defined most of the 20th century and created a highly segregated housing landscape that substantially benefits White households over Black and Latino families on a variety of fronts.

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The Valley Breeze: Cumberland Housing Authority rated High Performer

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Housing Authority has been designated as a High Performer on the Public Housing Assessment System and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for fiscal year 2016.

The reviews and audits are conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s PHAS and SEMAP rating systems measure performance and define acceptable public housing standards for key areas of public housing and Section 8 management. The PHAS rating system is based on four major indicators: physical condition, financial condition, management operations and capital funds.

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