New Affordable Housing Downtown

A new 65-unit apartment building has come online in downtown Providence with small, furnished units, some of which are being made affordable for renters with limited incomes. Built as an office building in 1894, The Studley at 86 Weybosset Street now consists of 5 one-bedroom units, 20 studios, and 40 efficiency/micro-loft units. The Providence Journal

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Downtown Living Tour

(9.21) The Providence Foundation and the Downtown Providence Improvement District is hosting a Downtown Providence Living Tour, from 11am to 5pm Saturday, showcasing downtown’s transformation into a vibrant mixed-use district. Buy advance tickets for $6 at downtownprovidence.com (until 6pm on Friday, September 20th) or purchase them for $10 during the tour at the registration center,

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Arcade Providence Apartments

Interesting piece in The Atlantic Cities about the upcoming Arcade apartments with pictures and a model of the micro-units. Developer Evan Granoff has transformed the upper two floors into 48 apartments, thirty-eight of which are micro — between 225 and 450 square feet. (Complete floor plans can be seen at The Arcade Providence website.) Atlantic

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Arcade Micro-Lofts Coming On Line

Trying to be optimistic about the whole Arcade renovation and as you drive down Weybosset Street it is clear that things are happening. According to this morning’s ProJo, Arcade owner Evan Granoff is working first to get businesses into the first floor. But it’s the residential portion of the program that intrigues. He now says

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Informational Meeting At Central Congo

(7.16) The Providence Preservation Society and the College Hill Neighborhood Association will hold an informational meeting Monday regarding Gilbane’s plan to build a four-story apartment building (housing about 200 grad students) at 257 Thayer Street (between Meeting and Euclid Streets). PPS and CHNA have formed a steering committee and will report their findings and conduct

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New Apartment Building For Thayer Street?

Head over to Greater City: Providence and join a discussion of Gilbane’s proposed apartment building facing on Thayer Street (between Euclid, Brooks and Meeting Streets). While obviously aimed at the Brown University population, the apartments will be available to the general public. The plan includes an interior courtyard with a fireplace. You can see here

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282 Homeless Without Beds For The Winter

As recently covered on the front page of the Providence Journal, in the Providence Business News, and on NBC 10, there are currently 282 more homeless individuals in Rhode Island than there are shelter beds to accommodate them. In other words, 282 people will be without a place to sleep this winter – many of

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Tent City Resident Wins National Award

Local homeless advocate and former tent city resident Barbara Kalil recently earned the national “Best Vendor Essay” award for her protest note to Governor Carcieri. Barbara was given the award by the North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) whose members include 31 street papers from the US and Canada. Her article ran in Street Sights

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Can Obama End Homelessness?

Homelessness is a serious problem in Rhode Island. More women, children, and men are homeless here than ever before. And the record number of homeless entering our shelter system will continue to grow as our state tries to recover from a severe economic crisis, record high unemployment and a devastating foreclosure crisis. This week, the

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Homeless Hate Crime Bill Passed by House

After a heated 40-minute debate on the House Floor, bill H-7490 was passed by the House yesterday with a vote of 60-9. The bill seeks to include crimes against the homeless within the definition of “hate crimes” for the purposes of reporting and monitoring by the state police. The bill emphasizes the importance police training

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Housing Still Unaffordable In RI

Rhode Island has been ranked 2nd in the country (only behind Hawaii) with the largest increase in unaffordability of housing over the last decade according to a new report released last week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report shows the current economic crisis has continued to push affordable rental housing out of

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Birthday Party At The State House

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and affordable housing advocates will be holding a birthday party at the State House for the Neighborhood Opportunities Program (NOP) which celebrates 10 year in RI. Festivities will take place tomorrow, Thursday, at 3pm. Cake will accompany a call to our legislators to save this crucial homelessness prevention

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