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Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement: Feinstein Community Connections 2017

Roger William University's Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement needs your help in identifying sites for the 2017 Feinstein Community Connections program. The Feinstein Center is in the process of placing 1,400 volunteers for Monday, August 28th. Are there agencies, organizations, or municipalities with whom you are connected who could benefit from FCC17?

First, please know that they have contacted over 100 non-profit organizations in our area and have a list of the “usual suspects”, the soup kitchens, nursing homes, and other community based organizations that most of us recognize.

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Warwick Beacon: Rotary honors Jean Johnson for work with homeless


Jean Johnson, the founding executive director of the House of Hope, was honored Wednesday by the Rotary Club of Warwick for her work of helping the homeless and those in need.

Johnson was presented the club’s Hayden Bentley Award named in memory of a founding members of the Warwick service club in 1949 who went on to become a Rotary district governor at the club’s charter night at the Warwick Country Club. The Bentley Award is presented annually to a non-member of the club who has made a significant contribution to the community. Club member Scott Seaback, who chaired the award committee, made the presentation.

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The Valley Breeze: Prospect Heights set for major renovations

PAWTUCKET – Prospect Heights has been sold and will undergo major renovations.

The Pawtucket Housing Authority last Wednesday announced the “phase 1” finalizing of financing for the sale and redevelopment of 101 units at its 560 Prospect St. site.

The purchaser is Prospect Redevelopment I Limited Partnership, a Rhode Island limited partnership between Omni Development Corp. of Providence and WinnDevelopment of Boston. With with the transaction, WinnResidential will manage the remaining 191 units (phase 2) on behalf of the Pawtucket Housing Authority until financing can be secured for the redevelopment of those units.

The redevelopment costs for the phase 1 units are estimated to be $7.7 million, funded through a variety of partners.

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The Kent County Daily Times: West Warwick Housing Authority receives high performer status for second category

Just days after receiving word from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it had achieved High-Performer status for its Public Housing Program, the WWHA was informed that its Section 8 Program received High Performer designation as well.

The WWHA scored a 93 out of 100 points on HUD’s Section 8 Management Assessment Program, known as SEMAP. IT is the second consecutive year that the program received the high performing status.

The SEMAP system is comprised of fourteen indicators of which the WWHA received maximum scores on twelve of the fourteen indicators.

Some of the indicators that are reviewed are: wait list, rent reasonableness, determination of income adjustments, housing quality control, payment standards, inspections, and more.

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Providence Journal: New affordable-housing project breaks ground in Central Falls

By Christine Dunn, Journal Staff Writer

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Mayor James A. Diossa joined housing advocates Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at 63 Fletcher St., where a new, affordable, two-family home will be built, replacing a blighted six-unit multifamily property that has been demolished.

The project is a collaboration between Pawtucket Central Falls Development and the Central Falls Nuisance Task Force.

The task force had identified 63 Fletcher St. as one of the worst nuisance properties in the city, and the property was ordered to be vacated after the municipal housing court deemed it uninhabitable.

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RIF: Nominations are open

2017 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards »

Sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards!

With Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation's Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence once again will honor Rhode Island nonprofit organizations doing outstanding work in the sector.

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HUD: Awards $127 Million To Protect Children and Families From Dangerous Lead and Other Home Hazards

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON - In a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $127 million to 48 state and local government agencies (see chart below).

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Providence Journal: $11.2M housing project in Pawtucket a cause to celebrate

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — By the end of July, it will be an active construction site. But on Saturday afternoon, the corner of East and Branch streets was the scene of a neighborhood block party organized by Pawtucket Central Falls Development.

Balloons, face painting and games for children were all part of the fun, along with music and food. About 100 people attended the event.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments

June 22, 2017

Last week, Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the Family Self Sufficiency Act, which would streamline and improve HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. This HUD program enables families living in public housing or using Housing Choice Vouchers to access workforce training and other resources to pursue higher-paying employment opportunities. (Senator Roy Blunt, June 13)

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U.S. Census Bureau: The Nation’s Older Population Is Still Growing, Census Bureau Reports

The Nation’s Population Is Becoming More Diverse The Nation's Median Age Continues to Rise

JUNE 22, 2017 — The nation’s population has a distinctly older age profile than it did 16 years ago, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today.

New detailed estimates show the nation’s median age — the age where half of the population is younger and the other half older — rose from 35.3 years on April 1, 2000, to 37.9 years on July 1, 2016.

“The baby-boom generation is largely responsible for this trend,” said Peter Borsella, a demographer in the Population Division. “Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

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