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The Newport Daily News: Draft housing element critiqued

By Derek Gomes – Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH – More than one-third of households in Portsmouth in recent years were considered cost-burdened, and that figure was nearly double for low- and moderate-income households.

The housing data from the federal Housing and Urban Development, for 2009 through 2013, is featured in the town’s draft housing element being scrutinized as part of the update to the comprehensive plan.

The figures paint a rather leak picture about how much families and individuals devote to housing.

Of the 7,085 households in Portsmouth during the time of the study, 35 percent, or 2,490, were cost-burdened. Sixty-four percent of low- and moderate-income households were similarly cost-burdened.

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Associated Press: Sen. Reed warns federal housing cuts could hurt Rhode Island

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Sen. Jack Reed is teaming with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien to discuss the impact of potential federal housing cuts for communities across Rhode Island.

The Washington Post reported last week that early numbers for fiscal year 2018 showed HUD's overall budget being slashed about 14 percent, to $40.5 billion, including cuts of about $2 billion from public housing funds.

Reed said the cuts could cost Rhode Island at least $20 million a year while hurting jobs and the production of affordable housing.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson said the budget cuts may not be as steep as some fear. Reed and Grebien plan to speak Monday morning at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center in Pawtucket.

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RICH: Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

RICH Annual Luncheon 2017: Monday, April 3, 2017 

#BringUsHome - Homeless NOT...HOPELESS 

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce this year's Annual Luncheon Award Honorees:

Sr. Carol McGovern, RSM Memorial Award

Laura Jaworski, Executive Director of House of Hope

Senator Jack Reed Advocacy Award

United Way of RI

The Sister Judy Soares, RSM and John Coen Memorial Award for Direct Service

Dr. Kaufmann

Homeless Legal Clinic Award

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WPRI 12: Rent prices on the rise in Rhode Island, study shows

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you’re looking to rent in Rhode Island, you’ve probably already noticed that the cost of an apartment is rising.

According to Barbara Fields, executive director of Rhode Island Housing, the continuous increase has shown no signs of slowing.

“We simply don’t have enough housing here,” she said.

A new survey from Rhode Island Housing revealed that from 2015 to 2016:

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RICH: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with Homeless Street Outreach

We need volunteers to help with the homeless outreach efforts spearheaded by RIHAP (RI Homeless Advocacy Project), RI Coalition for the Homeless and other members of our Statewide Outreach Committee. We will train you and you will be working with a team going out on the night(s) that you volunteer. No prior experience is needed, just a commitment to helping those in our state who are experiencing homelessness.

If you are interested in helping out there is an upcoming training to learn all about the outreach and how it is done.There is a small fee of $5.00 per person to cover the cost of food and materials. If you are unable to afford the training registration fee please contact info@rihomeless.org to ask for the fee to be waived.

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Join United Way of Rhode Island for 2-1-1 Day!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Rhode Island State House, State Room

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration at Bravo Brasserie

2-1-1: Solving problems and changing lives since 2007.

2017 Honorees:

Charles Fogarty, RI Division of Elderly Affairs

2-1-1 Community Partner Award

Roshni Darnal

2-1-1 Innovation Partner Award

Stephen A. Vandais

2-1-1 Nonprofit Partner Award

Citizens Bank

2-1-1 Tenth Anniversary Philanthropic Partner Award

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Rhode Island Monthly: Rhode Island Needs More Housing

By: Ellen Liberman / March 2017

The odds weren’t Powerball-crazy and the prize wouldn’t make her rich, but V. Raffini was very lucky last August to be one of fifty — out of more than 1,000 people who applied — to snag an affordable rental at the Sankofa Apartments.

“It was by the grace of God that I got on the list at the right time,” she says, sitting at her kitchen table. “I was finding horrible places for the rent I could afford.”

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RWU to Host Partners' Open House!

Roger Williams University

Cordially invites you to a Partners' Open House

Friday, March 3, 2017

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

One Empire Street

Student Lounge 229, 2nd Floor

President Donald J. Farish and the RWU Providence team welcome the boards, clients, staff, and friends of all of the One Empire Street partner organizations. This is an opportunity to get to know one another, and learn about the impactful work all of us do in our communities. Together.

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Rhode Island Association of Realtors supports SC Habitat for Humanity handicap home remodel

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors has made a very generous 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.

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Free File: File Your Taxes for FREE!

New Date and Speaker!

Join community leaders for the Annual Rhode Island Free File Briefing

Featuring Congressman Jim Langevin

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