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Warwick Beacon: 142 homes sell during 'hot' housing market

Posted Thursday, July 6, 2017 1:09 pm

By John Howell

Warwick single-family home sales that consistently outpace every other municipality in the state did it again in the month of May, which, according to the Rhode Island Realtors Association, had more single-family home sales statewide than any other month of May on record.

Statewide, the sales numbered 1,044, an increase of 42 from May last year. Warwick sales represented more than 13 percent of the total with 142 sales for the month, up 18 from last May.

But how can so many single-family homes be selling when the inventory is down?

Multiple Listing Service recorded 3,924 single-family homes on the market statewide in May. The total was 4,610 for May 2016.

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Warwick Beacon: What's needed to make the Warwick market even better

Posted Thursday, July 6, 2017 1:38 pm

The story has a consistent theme – Warwick single-family home sales outpace any other city or town in the state. In the month of May the totals were even higher than customary, with a total of 142 Warwick single-family homes selling as compared to Cranston, the next highest, with 80. The total statewide for the month was 1,044, which, according to the State-Wide Multiple Listing Service, is the greatest number of single-family home sales for the month of May on record.

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PBN: Student debt is a major reason millennials aren’t buying homes

By Shahien Nasiripour - July 17, 2017 

NEW YORK – College tuition hikes and the resulting increase in student debt burdens in recent years have caused a significant drop in homeownership among young Americans, according to new research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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The Block Island Times: Affordable housing development approved

By Cassius Shuman Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:00am

The Housing Board’s Cherry Hill Lane affordable housing project is one step closer to becoming a reality. That’s because the New Shoreham Zoning Board granted unanimous approval of the project, clearing the way for five qualified year-round residents and their families to enter a lottery to secure affordable housing on Block Island.

In its decision, the Zoning Board noted that abutting opposition to the project “lacked focus, and specific details” necessary to influence the board’s approvals. None of the abutters who had voiced opposition to the project throughout the application process were present at the meeting. The State of Rhode Island mandates affordable housing at 10 percent of housing development.

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Providence Journal: SNAP shoppers in R.I. get big incentive for buying healthy fresh produce

By Lynn Arditi

Journal staff writer

Posted Jul 16, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Updated Jul 16, 2017 at 7:02 PM

In program run by the R.I. Public Health Institute, people receiving SNAP assistance earn credit for another dollar toward their next purchase — essentially doubling their benefits.

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Inside the recreation room of a public housing complex, Olinda Vidinha hungrily eyed cartons brimming with fresh produce. Ripe cherry tomatoes. Brussel sprouts. Ginger root. Kiwis.

“I need vegetables,” she said, reaching for a box of organic mixed greens. “My fridge is empty.”

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PBN: No risk, no reward

Jeanne Cola | Rhode Island LISC executive director

My advice for nonprofit leaders is to take risks.

Traditionally, people view risk as a negative, but I don’t. It’s that element of uncertainty that creates the problem-solving energy to get us from the drawing board to the finish line. Embracing risk motivates action and propels the project toward success.

After spending many years in mortgage lending, corporate banking and community investment, I began to view risk differently. It prepared me to take the helm at LISC six years ago. Since then, we have focused our support on some key and pivotal projects in Rhode Island that didn’t necessarily meet the funding formula for other lenders.

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The Valley Breeze: NeighborWorks wins $200K in AmeriCorps funding

WOONSOCKET – NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $199,715 through Serve Rhode Island to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will provide housing assistance to economically disadvantaged renter households, many of whom are at-risk for homelessness, and transition them into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

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RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty: Transition & Opportunity: Director & Lead Organizer!

Opportunity: Director & Lead Organizer

The RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty is looking for a new Director & Lead Organizer. The full description is here. Please spread the word and share this with anyone you think might be a good fit.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Open Grant Opportunity: Design for Resilience

Applications are now open for our Design for Resilience grant program.

This program provides $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities due to climate, and then to identify and implement meaningful actions in response.

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