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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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
DATA COLLECTED BY HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University shows that homeowners are spending more of their income on housing costs than in years past. / COURTESY HOUSINGWORKS RI

Housing affordability is getting worse in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island housing has become significantly less affordable to many state residents over the past year, due to rising real estate values...

RWU students map out possible R.I. transit-development locales

BRISTOL – Months of collaboration and partnership with Grow Smart Rhode Island and HousingWorks RI culminated in mid-May when Roger Williams University students presented...

Five Questions With: Brenda Clement

Brenda Clement is the director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, and recently completed a nine-year term on the National Low Income Housing...
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...
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

Report identifies Providence neighborhoods experiencing gentrification pressure

PROVIDENCE — The city has several neighborhoods that have experienced gentrification pressure between 2000 and 2015, according to a new study by HousingWorks RI...
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...
RICAA LEADER: Paula McFarland, right, executive director of the Rhode Island Community Action Association, speaks with administrative assistant Michelle Roy. McFarland received the United Way 211 Award for her work leading RICAA. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

United Way honors McFarland for leading RICCA

When it comes to giving in Rhode Island, there may be no more powerful force than the Rhode Island Community Action Association. But its...
BRENDA CLEMENT is the director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Brenda Clement

Brenda Clement is the director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, which this week released its 2017 Housing Fact Book, an annual barometer...
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