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Budget passes, housing bond moves forward

The Rhode Island Senate earlier this week passed the $8.1 billion FY2013 state budget by a vote margin of 30 to 7.

This budget bill, also passed by the full House, included a $25 million housing bond referendum for the creation of long-term affordable homes proposed by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee.

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Committee votes to approve Housing Bond

Rhode Island's House Committee on Finance last week voted 15 to 1 in favor of a state budget that includes a $25 million bond for the creation of long-term affordable homes.

This vote maintains the $25 million housing bond proposed in Governor Lincoln D. Chafee's Fiscal Year 2013 state budget, while adjusting the distribution timeline from four years to two. This schedule will allow the state to renew the $12.5 million yearly revenue distribution for the creation of long-term affordable homes made possible by the original housing bond approved in 2006.

The budget proposal also supports other items pertinent to housing, including:

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PBN Op-Ed: Historic credit, housing bond key to region's health

Arnold "Buff" Chace, Jr., president and CEO of Cornish Associates, and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce president Laurie White penned a guest column for this week's Providence Business News highlighting affordable housing as key to the region's economic health.

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Issue Brief: Rental Housing in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI released today its latest Issue Brief, which examines the persistent need for long-term affordable rental homes in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a higher percentage of renters than any other state in New England – with close to 40 percent of our residents renting their homes. Yet 1 in 4 of those renters is extremely cost burdened – spending 50% or more of their income on housing related expenses. Public investment in long-term affordable rental housing is necessary to ensure that Rhode Islanders, regardless of income, can live in safe, affordable apartments in thriving communities.

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Reaching Home Rhode Island 2011 Conference

On Monday, November 7th, join the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island and the Housing Network of Rhode Island for the Reaching Home Rhode Island 2011 Conference.

You are invited to network and learn as nationally renowned speakers, trainers, and facilitators present workshops on:

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CSH Supportive Housing & Healthcare Webinar Series

On Thursday, October 27th from 3 - 4p.m. EST, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) will host a webinar entitled Where to Start? How to Know What Your State Should Do to Improve Medicaid’s Connection with Supportive Housing.

Presented as part of CSH's 2011 Supportive Housing & Healthcare Webinar Series, this webinar will examine the differences in Medicaid from state to state and how those differences relate to reimbursement for services in supportive housing. 

CSH has developed ‘Medicaid Crosswalk' in several states, which helps to outline state-specific issues. Webinar presenters will explain how this process works and the next steps it has generated.

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Statewide open-houses of affordable properties!

On Saturday, June 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join non-profit developers across Rhode Island as they host open house events for their affordable housing currently available for sale.

Open houses will be held at the following locations:

BARRINGTON:
Walker Farm Lane, 562 County Rd., new houses priced from $146,200 to $210,000. A model home will be open. The developer is West Elmwood Housing Development Corp.; contact Jasmine Peters, 453-3220, ext. 20.

BRISTOL:

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Your BHRI dollars at work in North Kingstown!

Crossroads Rhode Island recently celebrated the completion of 24 long-term affordable rental homes in North Kingstown, part of the first phase of development that will ultimately result in the creation of 104 homes.

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Registration open for webinar

On Friday, June 10th at 1p.m., the National Housing Conference will host a webinar entitled Affordable Housing's Role in Fostering Local Economic Development. HousingWorks RI Executive Director Nellie M. Gorbea will be one of the featured speakers.

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An animated look at long-term affordable housing in Rhode Island

HousingWorks RI this week released a three-minute animated short to raise awareness about the need for long-term affordable housing in Rhode Island.

The script was written in-house and the organization worked with local company They’re Using Tools, owned by RISD alum Melinda Rainsberger, to bring the storyboard to life. The result may seem like pure entertainment, but the messaging still depicts the seriousness of the issue.

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