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NeighborWorks America: Report to the Community

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we want to take a moment to say thank you to our many partners and to share our FY2016 community report.

In this report, you’ll find several stories that illustrate how we worked with the NeighborWorks network—all strong, community-based nonprofits—to create economic opportunity across the country.

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NHC: Webinar: Broadband in affordable housing

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m. EST

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Enterprise: Education Policy Shapes Neighborhoods

President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, would represent a dramatic change in education policy from the previous administration. If confirmed by the Senate this week, DeVos is widely expected to prioritize policies and programs that provide greater funding for charter schools, private school vouchers and other alternatives to traditional public school education. While the Obama Administration provided funding for “school choice” options, it also pushed for greater investment in America’s public schools.

As secretary of education, DeVos would be in a position to profoundly influence communities across the country in ways far beyond education.

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Free File: File Your Taxes for FREE!

Speaker Update: Lt. Governor Daniel McKee now confirmed

Join community leaders for the

Annual Rhode Island

Free File Briefing

Featuring

Congressman Jim Langevin

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NLIHC: Ask Your Representative to Invest Savings from Tax Reform into Affordable Rental Housing

Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) have issued a Dear Colleague letter calling on Congress to keep housing dollars within housing in any comprehensive tax reform bill.

Comprehensive tax reform is one of Congress’s top priorities. Tax benefits that largely serve high income households—like the mortgage interest deduction and other homeownership tax benefits—are on the table.

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NLIHC: TAKE ACTION: Affordable Housing and Transportation Programs Threatened By Severe Cuts

Urge Congress to lift caps on federal spending that deprive families and communities of the resources they need to thrive.

Funding for affordable housing, community development, and transportation programs is under attack.

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Providence Journal: RI Housing had its busiest year ever in 2016

By: Christine Dunn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Housing helped 1,625 Rhode Islanders buy a home in 2016 -- the highest one-year total in the agency's history and an increase of nearly 30 percent from 2015, the agency reported Tuesday.

In 2016, "Rhode Island Housing contributed $650 million to the state's economy with investments in housing development, home ownership, rental assistance, and help for Rhode Island homeowners," the agency said.

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RICH: Save the Date! Annual Awards Luncheon, April 3, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

12 PM to 2 PM

Crowne Plaza; 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI

Our Annual Awards Luncheon is just months away! Mark your calendars for a great time as we honor the people who do so much for the cause of ending homelessness. We look forward to seeing you there. Ticket information will be sent soon.

Nominations Needed!

Help us honor the work done this year by nominating friends, coworkers, organizations, or those you think should be recognized.

Nominations must be in by February 13, 2017!

We are seeking nominations for the following awards:

Sr. Carol McGovern, RSM Memorial Award

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POSTPONED: Annual Rhode Island Free File Briefing Featuring Congressman Jim Langevin

NEW DATE TBD.

Please join Congressman Jim Langevin, U.S. Senators Jack Reed & Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Scott Avedisian and other community leaders for the Annual Free File Briefing to highlight the IRS and Rhode Island Free File programs, and other free tax prep services in the area.

Free File provides FREE online federal and state income tax preparation and e-filing services to lower and moderate income taxpayers, including those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Date: Monday, February 13, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

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The New York Times: A Housing Crisis for Seniors

By: Allison Arieff, January 28, 2017

Last fall, I had to take the car keys away from an elderly relative who lives alone. This intervention should have happened much earlier, but when the day came it was one of the more emotionally wrenching things I’ve ever done. “Don’t take my car away,” he pleaded. “Without my car I don’t have a life.”

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