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COMMUNITY LINCHPIN: As longtime executive director of West Elmwood Housing Development Corp., Sharon Conard-Wells has played a role in innovative projects, such as the Sankofa Initiative, that have revived blighted properties. 
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Sharon Conard-Wells, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner SHARON CONARD-WELLS | Executive director, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp.TO HEAR SHARON CONARD-WELLS tell it, she is merely...
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Five Questions With Carla DeStefano

Carla DeStefano | Executive director, Stop Wasting Abandoned Property1. What is SWAP’s priority now in the Greater South Providence neighborhoods, and are rental apartments...

R.I. Housing funding to create 600 homes, support 700 jobs

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. board of commissioners has approved funding that will attract private investments of more than $34...
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Five Questions With Sabina Matos

5Q: Sabina Matos | President, Providence City Council1. How will you encourage more widespread economic development across Providence neighborhoods? Successful economic development depends...

Barbara Fields to leave ED role at R.I. Housing in March

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. CEO and Executive Director Barbara Fields will step down from her role in March when her...
R.I. HOUSING CEO and Executive Director Barbara Fields will exit her role following the expiration of her contract on March 1 to explore opportunities at a national level. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Barbara Fields to leave ED role at R.I. Housing in March

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Housing CEO and Executive Director Barbara Fields will step down from her role in March when her contract expires, R.I. Housing...

Woonsocket and Newport to get affordable housing projects

PROVIDENCE – Buildings and homes in need of repairs in Woonsocket and Newport have access to funds for rehabilitation under an affordable housing initiative...
Where Rental Housing is Most Affordable
Among metropolitan areas of 1 million people or more, 2017 / SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
*This is income of renter households, not all households.

Renters in R.I. find housing more affordable than in most of...

Where is housing least affordable in the United States?The most-cited measure has been the National Association of Realtors’ affordability index, which tracks whether median-income...
COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS: Jeffrey Kerkhoff, owner of Jephry Floral Studio on Broadway in Providence, with customer Melissa Lamoine of Cumberland. Kerkhoff said he feels comfortable in a neighborhood that has improved in value and esteem since he first opened his floral business 20 years ago.
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As investment boosts city neighborhoods, can developers avoid displacing the poor?

Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Kerkhoff opened a floral ­studio in a narrow backroom of an upholstery business on Broadway, on the west side of...

Affordable housing a must-have for R.I.

Even as Providence attracts high-end investments, the region needs broad-based advances, too.From new housing units to a brand-new food market, the city is drawing...
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