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WPRI: 12 facts every parent should know about RI kids

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter

Published: April 10, 2017, 1:15 am Updated: April 10, 2017, 7:25 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – From rising high school graduation rates to a spike in babies exposed to addictive opiates, the annual book of statistics on Rhode Island children and their parents released by the state’s leading child advocacy organization has lots of important information.

The Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook will be formally unveiled at a breakfast event Monday, but Eyewitness News got a sneak peek at all of the data. (You can read the full Factbook here.)

Here’s an overview.

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NEHN: Home Matters in New England

Housing matters to New England. Housing that is affordable is critical to our economy, healthy communities, and stability for families.

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The Washington Post: Trump’s EPA moves to dismantle programs that protect kids from lead paint

By Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin - April 5

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint, which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems.

The proposed cuts, outlined in a 64-page budget memo revealed by The Washington Post on Friday, would roll back programs aimed at reducing lead risks by $16.61 million and more than 70 employees, in line with a broader project by the Trump administration to devolve responsibility for environmental and health protection to state and local governments.

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The Block Island Times: Rental housing survey planned by Housing Board and BI Economic Development

By Pat Tengwall, Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:45am

The two island-based organizations with the mission of developing affordable housing will cooperate on a survey to document island residents' need for both year-round and seasonal rental housing units.

Two representatives of the Block Island Economic Development Foundation took part in the Block Island Housing Board's March 15 meeting to refine a draft questionnaire and begin planning for the survey's implementation.

“We want to know: Is there a need for rental housing on Block Island?” began Housing Board Chair Cindy Pappas. “What data are we looking for [and] what questions will elicit the data?”

And, “Who is our audience for this survey?” asked member Millie McGinnes.

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2017 I'M HOME Conference - Providence

For the past 13 years, I’M HOME has convened a range of stakeholders interested in applying manufactured housing solutions to affordable housing challenges. Our annual conference brings together affordable housing developers, lenders, policymakers, industry experts, homeowners, community organizers and more. This year, we are gearing up for our best conference yet, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

We look forward to the opportunity to network, learn and share best practices with you in October!

This website is under construction. Come back in May to register and learn more!

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Rhode Island Housing: Request for Proposals

Strategic Planning Consultant

INTRODUCTION

Through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), Rhode Island Housing seeks proposals from qualified firms to design and facilitate a targeted strategic planning process.

INSTRUCTIONS

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Community Developments: Enterprise Releases Report on SMMF Properties

  • Small and medium multifamily housing (SMMF) – properties with between two and 49 units – is a much more important source of homes than has generally been recognized, especially for low-income households, according to new research from Enterprise and The USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, housed at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

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LISC RI: 2016 By the Numbers

These numbers tell the story of resources—dollars and time—that LISC Rhode Island has invested in our state. The story doesn’t end there. We hope you will spend a few minutes watching this video and learning more about LISC’s impact from our local community partners.

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Reed, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness from Being Shuttered

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to prevent and end homelessness, and ensure that states and communities have a comprehensive strategy and coordinated support from the federal government, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (the Council). The Council is an independent agency that coordinates federal efforts to efficiently and effectively combat homelessness, working across 19 federal agencies and departments and with partners in both the public and private sector to find ways to streamline and improve service delivery to people experiencing homelessness.

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Providence Journal: Providence Housing Authority relaxes rule against ex-convicts

By Christine Dunn - Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Housing Authority's board of directors has approved a proposal to ease the rules for allowing people with criminal histories to live in public housing.

PHA Executive Director Paul J. Tavares said Friday that the vote was unanimous, with the caveat that "management will closely monitor" the results of the policy changes, and the board will "revisit" its decision in one year. The new rules will go into effect once they are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tavares said the HUD approval is expected by August.

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