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The Valley Breeze: Vandals honored for work to support 2-1-1 call system

PROVIDENCE – United Way of Rhode Island presented its 2-1-1 Nonprofit Partner Award, recognizing an outstanding partnership focused on improving the lives of Rhode Islanders experiencing some of the greatest needs, to Stephen Vadnais, executive director of the Pawtucket Housing Authority.

Also honored at a March 2 celebration of 2-1-1’s 10th anniversary as a phone resource for Rhode Islanders in need were: • Roshni Darnal, the senior corps director at Federal Hill House Association.

• Charles Fogarty, director of the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs.

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Providence Journal Bulletin: R.I. Housing extends contract of Executive Director Fields into 2019

Christine Dunn, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. " Rhode Island Housing's Board of Commissioners voted Friday to renew the contract of Executive Director Barbara FieldsA into earlyA 2019, with a 3-percent salary increase, bringing her annual compensation to $196,266. Fields' new contract expires Jan. 15, 2019, according to Nicolas P. Retsinas, chairman of the board.

Fields took the helm of the quasi-public agency on an interim basis in January 2015, after the resignation of Richard Godfrey, and she was named executive director in March 2015. Fields is the first woman to head the agency, which functions like a bank but aims to support the development of affordable housing and sustainable home ownership in Rhode Island.

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Zillow: Healthy Housing: Where Higher Rents Are Correlated With Worse Health

Zillow drew on its own rental affordability data and health quality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop an analysis that finds that more people report being in poor physical health in census tracts where residents spend a higher share of their income on rent. According to Zillow, those who pay more for rent generally have less money left over to spend on necessities like health care, nutritious food and other healthy habits. The analysis confirms that low household incomes and high housing costs are both correlated with poor health outcomes. (Zillow, March 17)

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STAT: Here’s the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD

By Megan Sandel - March 17, 2017

As a physician, Dr. Ben Carson knew the right prescriptions to give to his neurosurgery patients. But as the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will he be able to provide the right prescription for HUD?

The wrong one is cutting HUD’s budget by a staggering $6 billion (down 13.2 percent from last year), as proposed by the new budget from the Trump administration.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments

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The Providence Journal: Activists urge more lenient public housing tenant policy

By Christine Dunn – Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE – Ex-convicts may have done their time, but they often continue to be punished by barriers to housing and jobs, speakers testified Thursday night at a public hearing held by the Providence Housing Authority.

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The Narragansett Times: South County Habitat for Humanity Director Raymond retires after 24 years

Lou Raymond accepted the position of Executive Director with South County Habitat for Humanity in 2002. Fifteen years later he announces his retirement. “It’s been a long and very rewarding run” commented Raymond, 74, who started out as a volunteer in 1993.

“As an organization, we’ve grown tremendously over the years,” he said. “When I first started volunteering at the Habitat build sites, we had served just one family here in South County. This year, that number will exceed 66 area families that have been helped by Habitat.”

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The Block Island Times: Next step: Affordable rental apartments

The Block Island Planning Board has spent a considerable amount of time performing a delicate balancing act. They have been considering two proposals of inordinately different sizes and intents, yet the sensitivity of the members showed that Block Island has the capacity to accommodate almost – almost – everyone’s needs.

The two projects are the Hammarskjold proposal for the 16.7-acre Champlin’s Farm property, located on the shore of the Great Salt Pond, and the 4.5-acre affordable housing proposal located just off Cooneymus Road.

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NLIHC: President Trump's Budget Request

Message from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition

President Trump's budget slashes critical resources used to help keep housed some of the country's lowest income and most vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and formerly homeless individuals. At a time when America's housing crisis has reached historic heights and the lowest income people suffer the most severe impacts, proposals to further cut these vital resources are unconscionable and unacceptable.

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