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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...

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...
NELLIE M. GORBEA, former R.I. secretary of state, has been named the new CEO and president of the Puerto Rico Green Energy Trust. / COURTESY FRIENDS OF NELLIE M. GORBEA

Former R.I. Secretary of State Gorbea to lead Puerto Rico Green...

PROVIDENCE – Nellie M. Gorbea has found a new professional home, which will take her back to her native Puerto Rico. Gorbea, who served two...
SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY: 
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...

Despite efforts, homeless shelters aren’t enough, observers say

As winter weather sets in, Rhode Island is ramping up its efforts to provide emergency shelter space. But while these short-term facilities serve an...
EXPANDED SHELTER capacity along with collaborating with cities and towns, faith leaders, community foundations and landlords were among the strategies that Gov. Daniel J. McKee has unveiled to address homelessness this winter. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

R.I. officials unveil plan to address homelessness this winter

PROVIDENCE – Expanded shelter capacity along with collaborating with cities and towns, faith leaders, community foundations and landlords were among the strategies state officials...
OPEN SPACE: 
Meliza ­Urquhart, community manager at Paragon Mill in Providence, shows one of the new units offered at “workforce” rates for people who earn between 80% and 120% of the area’s median income. Demand in that slice of the housing market is far beyond the supply. 
PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

MAKING ROOM In the MIDDLE: R.I. struggles to create workforce housing,...

For nursing assistant Johnbray Brown, moving into a workforce-rate unit in the renovated Paragon Mill in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood was a hard-won victory spanning...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has launched an initiative to create action steps to boost housing creation and address homelessness in the state. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RIF launches initiative to address homelessness, housing shortage

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to address the housing shortage and homelessness in the Ocean State, the Rhode Island Foundation late Friday launched an...
IN THE WORKS: Pictured are ­
affordable housing units under ­construction on Bowdoin 
Street in Providence.
COURTESY ONE 
NEIGHBORHOOD 
BUILDERS

How will R.I. use $250M to ease its housing woes?

Rhode Island has received $1.1 billion in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in response to the economic effects of the...
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