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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...
EXPERIENCED LEADER: Barbara Fields has served as the executive director of the R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. since January 2015. She previously was the New England regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. in Providence.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

The state needs a stronger affordable-housing law, says R.I. Housing. Executive...

R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year in a position of financial strength, says Executive Director Barbara Fields.It...
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...
RHODE ISLAND HOUSING'S board of commissioners approved the allocation of $3.5 million to two projects from the state's Housing Trust Fund, a resource designed to expand the supply of quality affordable housing to working families in the state. Above, Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOUSING

RIH allocates $3.5M in affordable housing funds

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Housing’s board of commissioners approved the allocation of $3.5 million in Housing Trust Fund resources for two projects that will...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP speaks next to the $1.3 trillion spending bill H.R. 1625 in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday. / BLOOMBERG PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump says he’s signed spending bill, reversing veto threat

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump said he has signed a spending bill, the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, funding the federal government...
BARBARA FIELDS is the executive director of Rhode Island Housing. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOUSING

R.I. Housing approves $837K in low-income housing tax credits for Smithfield...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Housing Board of Commissioners approved $837,000 in 2018 low-income housing tax credits for the Georgiaville Village Green housing development in...
BARBARA FIELDS is the executive director of Rhode Island Housing. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOUSING

Five Questions With: Barbara Fields

Barbara Fields is the executive director of Rhode Island Housing. She responded recently to questions about how the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit...
THE RHODE ISLAND HOUSING board of commissioners approved $3.8 million in Acquisition and Revitalization Program funding. Pictured are Rhode Island Housing's Corinne Myers, left, deputy general ­counsel, and Executive Director Barbara Fields. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. Housing allocates $3.8M in Acquisition and Revitalization funds

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Housing board of commissioners approved $3.8 million in funding to revitalize neighborhoods in Central Falls, Providence, Smithfield and Woonsocket...
BARBARA FIELDS, executive director of Rhode Island Housing, announced the renewal of its "First Down" program, which provides down payment assistance to first-time homebuyers. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOUSING

R.I. Housing renews ‘First Down’ program

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island Housing announced the return of the “First Down” program along with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Warwick Mayor Scott...
RHODE ISLAND HOUSING logged a record for mortgage volume in the third quarter of 2017, funding 531 mortgages, more than any other quarter in the corporation's 44-year history. Above, Barbara Fields, executive director of Rhode Island Housing. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOUSING

R.I. Housing breaks record for Q3 mortgage volume

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Housing funded an all-time high of 531 mortgages in the third quarter of 2017, the organization announced Monday.The mortgages for...
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