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Smiley unveils $598.6M city budget, vows ‘a new culture in City...

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Brett P. Smiley on Wednesday presented a $598.6 million budget for fiscal year 2025, a 3% increase that targets investments in...
A FORMER ASSISTED LIVING facility in Central Falls will be converted into 30 affordable housing units for at-risk women and children as part of a partnership between the city, the Central Falls Children's Foundation and the Papitto Opportunity Connection. / COURTESY PAPITTO OPPORTUNTY CONNECTION

Central Falls collaborates with local nonprofits to create 30-unit affordable housing...

CENTRAL FALLS – A former assisted living facility within the city will soon be transformed into temporary affordable housing for at-risk women and their...
PREMIUM PINCH: Frank Spinella, president of FJS Associates Ltd., says rapidly rising insurance costs are making it difficult for those in affordable housing to make the financial numbers work. 
PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Higher insurance premiums hindering new affordable housing

As Rhode Island faces a housing crisis, particularly with affordable units, the Wickford Village development in North Kingstown affords some relief to renters, providing...

Washington Trust donates $122K to 7 R.I. housing organizations

WESTERLY – The Washington Trust Charitable Foundation has awarded a total of $122,000 to seven Rhode Island organizations in support of various programs providing...

Shekarchi housing package prioritizes ‘production, production, production’

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi on Thursday joined state officials and housing advocates at the Statehouse to unveil a 15-bill housing package,...

What should government do about soaring rent?

As Rhode Island rents continue to surge, affordable housing advocates are calling for investments that go beyond measures proposed in Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s...

Providence creates new Housing and Human Services Office

PROVIDENCE – As the city is grappling with rapidly rising rent prices a new office focused on boosting affordable housing and health is coming...
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Union Studio wins Gindroz Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing

DON POWERS is the founding partner of Providence-based architectural firm Union Studio Architecture & Community Design Inc., which recently received the 2023 Gindroz Award...

What should be state lawmakers’ top budget priority this year?

State lawmakers opened the 2024 legislative session on Jan. 2 with warnings any budget surplus at the end of the year will be much...

Vacant land eyed for apartments on Federal Hill sells for $1.28M

PROVIDENCE – A 0.35-acre lot on Federal Hill recently sold for $1.28 million, as the new owners move ahead with plans to construct 41...
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