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New study looks at transportation access and housing choice

By:Kristen Walsh

A report titled "Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients finds that access to cars has a positive impact on housing location choice and employment options for housing voucher recipients. This study was published last month by the Urban Institute in collaboration with researchers from the University of Maryland and UCLA.

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Online survey seeks your input

Rhode Map RI is asking for public input to answer the question How can we make Rhode Island a globally competitive place to work and run a business?

To share your point of view, simply complete the online survey and join the conversation. You can choose up to three from a list of responses, including adding more affordable housing.

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Conference materials available online

The Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing recently hosted Housing Opportunity 2013, their 5th annual housing conference.

Nearly 300 real estate and community development professionals from across the globe gathered in Seattle for the event, which explored a range of housing issues.

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Power of Place Summit

On Friday, May 11 beginning at 8 a.m., Grow Smart RI will host their 4th biennial Power of Place Summit - Beyond Austerity: Leveraging the Power of Place for a Stronger State Economy.

The Summit brings together nearly 500 business and civic leaders, state and local officials, developers, architects, community activists, real estate professionals, planners and more.

Attendees will hear about compelling trends driving the demand for smart growth; learn how developers, builders and municipalities are responding; participate in workshops; and celebrate the first-ever Smart Growth Award recipients.

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Two day conference at Brown University

On Friday, March 9th from 3-6 pm and Saturday, March 10th from 10-4 pm, the Urban Studies Program at Brown University will host a conference entitled The City Off the Hill: Working Together for Sustainable Urbanism.

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Your BHRI dollars at work in Pawtucket!

Last week, the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC) and their partners offered a tour of a new three-story, mixed-use building that is part of the Blackstone Valley Gateways development. This development has received special recognition as being part of a "KeepSpace Community", in part because of its easy access to transportation.

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Live Chat: White House Update on Partnership for Sustainable Communities

On Thursday, July 15 at 2:00pm, the White House will be hosting a live chat to talk about the progress that the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (HUD/DOT/EPA) has made. Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy at the White House, will moderate the chat. Participants are invited to ask questions live at www.WhiteHouse.gov/live, or you can submit questions in advance through an online partner at www.Planetizen.com.

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Welcome to our Newest Member!

HousingWorks RI is pleased to welcome The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living (Apeiron) as the newest member of our coalition. Apeiron's mission is to transform Rhode Island into a sustainable state where the needs of the present are met without compromising the needs of future generations.

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East Main Road safety drives Town Center plan

PORTSMOUTH — The state supports efforts for safety improvements to the “Town Center’ section of East Main Road, but for now at least there is no money to pay for it."

That message was delivered to the Town Council on Monday, May 3, by Bob Smith, head of the state Department of Transportation’s road design section. He said the state simply has no funds at the moment to pay the estimated $10 million to $15 million cost of the project, although that may change in the future.

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