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INVESTING IN R.I.: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown says Rhode Island should follow North Dakota in setting up a revenue-generating bank for the state. He says the lending bank would partner with local community groups and credit unions, with profits reinvested in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Matt Brown wants R.I.’s governor to focus less on business interests...

Matt Brown, a longtime activist for social, educational and environmental causes, wants to bring that mission to the top level of state government next...
OLNEYVILLE, WHICH has had substantial reinvestment in the past decade, is among the areas of Providence identified in a new report as experiencing gentrification, such as increasing rents. / COURTESY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS

Can more housing stop gentrification?

If neighborhoods in Providence are experiencing gentrification, as a recent report suggests, what can reasonably be done to help existing residents stay in their...
ENOUGH BEING BUILT? Affordable housing advocates see this complex being built in Burrillville, Garvey Ledges Lane, as important for the state, but they see too few of these kinds of projects coming to fruition in Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Is there enough affordable housing in your town?

The 2017 Housing Fact Book from HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University notes that households earning the state’s median income of $56,852 in 2016...
LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION: R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. executive Director Barbara Fields, center, meets with the agency's General Counsel Nicole Clement and Mike Milito, manager of government relations and policy. R.I. Housing is dedicated to solving the affordable housing issue in the state. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN on WJAR-TV, April 30, 2018

Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story and other...
A SIMPLE SOLUTION: R.I. Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields, pictured in the agency’s offices, believes one important step in tackling the state’s affordable-housing crisis is to build more housing.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Affordable housing is more than an inexpensive place to live

The inability of people – especially young people starting out in their careers with less than median salaries and high college debt – to...

Do you see the state’s newly launched mobile unit providing free...

With the debut on April 17 of its Shower to Empower mobile unit, the House of Hope Community Development Corp. believes it can help...
SHARON MORRIS has been named executive director of Omni Development Corp. / COURTESY OMNI DEVLOPMENT CORP.

Omni Development Corp. names Morris executive director

PROVIDENCE – The Omni Development Corp. has named Sharon Morris as executive director, the nonprofit development organization announced Friday. Morris replaces Lawrence Brown, who served...
JEANNE COLA, executive director for LISC Rhode Island, reported that the nonprofit invested a record amount in the state in 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

LISC Rhode Island invests record $26.8 million in 2017

PROVIDENCE – LISC Rhode Island ended 2017 having invested $26.8 million, including $2.3 million in grants, the nonprofit announced Wednesday. LISCRI surpassed its investment total...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Melissa Sanzaro

Melissa Sanzaro | Executive director, Providence Housing Authority 1. What is the Providence Housing Authority footprint for housing, and how has that changed over the...
STABLE BUSINESS: Robert Gaudreau Jr. is the president of Providence-based Cathedral Development Group Inc., which invests in apartments that need updating, including affordable housing. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cathedral builds niche in affordable housing

Cathedral Development Group Inc. has built a stable portfolio of apartment properties, benefiting from demographic changes that are creating more demand for long-term rentals. Consumer...
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