One answer to blight

Providence’s EveryHome program has revived hundreds of once-blighted properties, but is it helping those who need it most?

RENOVATED HOME: Homeowner Carlos Reyes, left, is pictured with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Smith Hill Community Development Corp. Executive Director Jean Lamb in front of his home at 120 Camden Ave. during ceremonies to celebrate homeowners moving into houses renovated under the city’s EveryHome program.
 / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
RENOVATED HOME: Homeowner Carlos Reyes, left, is pictured with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Smith Hill Community Development Corp. Executive Director Jean Lamb in front of his home at 120 Camden Ave. during ceremonies to celebrate homeowners moving into houses renovated under the city’s EveryHome program.
 / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
During a panel discussion in Providence following a screening earlier this month of a documentary featuring a family left homeless after an eviction, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza talked about the anger he feels about poor housing conditions in the city and other urban centers. It’s a sign of “the erosion of the social safety net…

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