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More senior women in Rhode Island burdened by housing costs

More senior women “heads of households” own their homes today, but for those with a mortgage, the cost burden is high. A new infographic released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island offers a glimpse at Rhode Island households headed by women aged 65+.

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Q1 2014 Foreclosures in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI today released its analysis of foreclosures in Rhode Island for Q1 2014. The report looks at the number of foreclosures in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and offers regional comparisons.

Quick Glance Findings:

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Providence Journal: HousingWorks RI announces new hire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University has hired Annette Bourne to serve as research and policy director.

Most recently, Bourne has been training manager for Grow Smart RI.

She also spent nearly 10 years at Rhode Island Housing in increasingly responsible positions. She was the technical liaison to municipalities regarding the planning of low- and moderate-income housing and related housing research. She also oversaw the federal grants providing foreclosure assistance.

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Providence Journal: RWU study backs driver's licenses for undocumented residents

By: G. Wayne Miller

PROVIDENCE - Scholars at Roger Williams University School of Law and the university's Latino Policy Institute have concluded that issuing driver's licenses to Rhode Island's undocumented immigrants "would lead to safer roads and potentially better economic opportunities" for those holding them, according to their 32-page report.

The study, "A Legal and Policy Analysis of Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Rhode Islanders," was co-authored by professors Deborah Gonzalez and Peter Margulies and researcher J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz. The report was completed last year, but is being publicly released on Thursday.

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On behalf of NLIHC: HUD Releases New Data on Homelessness

HUD released The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 2 - Estimates of Homelessness in the United States on October 26. The report expands upon the findings presented in The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1 by adding one-year estimates of the sheltered homeless population collected through Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).

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5 Questions with Brenda Clement, HWRI at RWU Director


1. What is one of your first goals? To reconnect with my housing and community-development colleagues here in Rhode Island, and find areas where we can collaborate and support each other's work. Research shows that access to healthy, affordable housing bolsters positive outcomes in many areas, including health, education, employment and economic development.

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Obama Administration Releases Housing Development Toolkit

The White House released the “Housing Development Toolkit” which highlights actions state and local jurisdictions can take to encourage housing development. The white paper, released on September 26, argues that restrictive zoning contributes to high rents, exacerbates wealth inequality, and slows the U.S. economy.

According to the white paper, local barriers to new housing development, particularly affordable housing, include local land use restrictions, parking requirements, residential conversion restrictions, and slow permitting processes. The white paper provides a description of actions taken by jurisdictions to reduce these barriers. These actions include:

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The New York Times: A Right to a Lawyer to Save Your Home

By: The Editorial Board, September 23, 2016

There are few legal fights more lopsided than landlords suing to evict their lower-income tenants.

In New York City’s housing court, it’s usually a team of lawyers representing the landlord going against a tenant, unrepresented and alone. The claims for eviction vary — the tenant owes months of back rent, or is not named on the lease. If the landlord doesn’t win, very often the tenant is muscled out with threats and harassment.

Many others are pushed out when landlords — eager to raise rents or demolish buildings to make way for pricey new developments — illegally withhold basic services like heat and hot water, or offer paltry buyouts.

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September 26, 2016 in Media Interest

2016 Housing Fact Book Released

The Housing Fact Book presents a detailed portrait of housing affordability throughout the Ocean State, where both renters and homeowners (particularly the state’s lower and middle income groups) face high rates of housing cost burden. A household is considered cost burdened when it spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing.

Housing cost burdens continue to persist in the Ocean State. From 2000 to 2014, the percent of both homeowner and renter households that are considered cost burdened increased in Rhode Island. Currently, about half of all Rhode Island renter households, 1 in 3 homeowner households with a mortgage, and 1 in 5 homeowner households without a mortgage are housing cost burdened.

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2016 Housing Fact Book Luncheon: Register Now!

Of the 40% renter households in Rhode Island, 8,587 experienced eviction in 2014 according to the State District Court System. Housing cost burdens contribute to housing instability in Rhode Island. With more than half of Rhode Island renter households remaining cost burdened, maintaining stable housing is a struggle for many families throughout the Ocean State.

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