R.I. Housing awards $200K to financial counseling, homeownership programs

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. board awarded $200,000 in grants in November to several city-based programs that support homeownership, financial counseling and environmentally “green” infrastructure.

The funds were awarded to six programs in Woonsocket, Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, according to a news release.

The housing agency received 24 applications for the funds.


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The November recipients were:

  • ONE Neighborhood Builders, of Providence, for its renter-focused Accessing Home Program. The program provides tenant education aimed at helping families avoid eviction and realize financial goals
  • ONE Neighborhood Builders for its Elmwood Financial Center, which is directed at prospective homeowners. The center provides financial services, including coaching, financial literacy workshops and landlord/tenant classes
  • Pawtucket Central Falls Development, for homebuyer classes, landlord classes and financial fitness classes offered in Spanish and English
  • Saint Elizabeth Community, of Providence, for its Support and Services at Home program. The grant will provide the third year of funds for a pilot program that involves a health logistics database that targets services for elderly Rhode Islanders
  • NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, of Woonsocket. Its Clean, Green and Healthy Ambassadors program is aimed at middle school and high school students, and provides training to encourage them to become environmental, financially savvy and health-conscious community advocates
  • Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, of Providence, for the cleaning and greening of Manton Avenue infrastructure project. The funds will go to green infrastructure for storm runoff along a portion of Manton Avenue near Olneyville Square

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@PBN.com.