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Next City: This Is What Housing Discrimination in the U.S. Looks Like


In the wake of the Great Depression, the U.S. government developed a system of federal agencies aimed at building community wealth through homeownership. This vast network built wealth at the family and community level for millions of people — but only if they were white. Building on centuries of inequalities, these discriminatory policies and practices led to rampant segregation.

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RICH: Please Join Us at the State House on May 10th!

Join Us at the State House for 2017 "Power of Community" Advocacy Day

Wednesday, May 10th

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2nd floor at the State House

82 Smith Street * Providence

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NLIHC: Take Action! Join Advocates in Urging Congress to Fund Affordable Housing Investments for the Remainder of FY2017

Take Action! Join Advocates for Today's Twitterstorm & Next Week's National Call-In Day

Tell your members of Congress to pass final spending bills for FY17 before the April 28 deadline and to protect affordable housing investments.

Lawmakers must pass spending bills by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. Failure to pass full spending bills puts vital investments in affordable housing and community development at risk. By participating in today's twitterstorm and a national call-in day on April 26, you can urge Congress to pass a clean budget and protect critical investments.

Twitterstorm Today at 3pm ET

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East Greenwich Pendulum: EGTC removes zoning amendment from agenda


Apr 15, 2017

EAST GREENWICH- Many residents grew concerned late last week after coming home to find flyers in their mailboxes alerting them of a proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would allow for more affordable housing units to be built in town. Although the ordinance amendment was previously an agenda item for a town council meeting that was set for April 10, the meeting was later cancelled, causing confusion about the ordinance and the town’s plans.

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Rhode Island Housing: Rental Resource Guide

There are many sources to use when looking for a home to rent. Below we have listed two trusted sources, however you can also check other websites, the newspaper as well as one of the many other free publications available throughout the state.

Our Rental Resource Guide contains apartment listings and offers key information on what services are available to Rhode Islanders so they can find an apartment that meets all of their needs.

English Rental Resource Guide

Spanish Rental Resource Guide

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Mark Your Calendars: Save the Date for the 2017 Housing Fact Book Luncheon!

The 2017 Housing Fact Book marks the 13th edition of this annual publication and will take a deeper dive into Rhode Island communities through the introduction of regional data. With the addition of regional data, HousingWorks RI plans to provide a wider overview to Rhode Island residents of the state’s 39 cities and towns through analyzing the overall impact of encompassing communities.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence

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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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