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Roundtable: Accessory dwelling units, revitalized historic buildings could boost R.I. housing

PROVIDENCE – As the affordable housing crisis raises alarms across the country, Rhode Island, known for its slow rates of new housing construction, can...
HEALTHY CHOICES: Anusha Venkataraman, managing director of the Central Providence Opportunities Health Equity Zone, at Merino Park in Providence, where residents in several city neighborhoods voted to install composting toilets, as well as make improvements at other city parks. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

These Providence residents were asked how best to spend $1M in...

If you were given $1 million to improve the health and wellness of the people in your neighborhood, how would you spend it? That question...
THE FORMER ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH in Cumberland was officially acquired by One Neighborhood Builders to be converted into 44 affordable apartments. / SCREENSHOT VIA GOOGLE INC.

Former church in Cumberland officially acquired by One Neighborhood Builders for...

CUMBERLAND – A former church is now officially in the hands of One Neighborhood Builders, and the organization is currently in pre-development to convert...
CONNECTORS: Jennifer Hawkins, left, CEO and president of the nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders, and David Marble, CEO and president of OSHEAN Inc., check new network antennae on the roof of ONE Neighborhood Builders’ Providence headquarters. The antennae are helping to provide free Wi-Fi to residents in the Olneyville neighborhood. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Olneyville’s free internet narrows digital divide 

During a pandemic Zoom meeting from home, Jennifer Hawkins had a revelation. The CEO and president of the nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders felt guilty for...

Who’s on the Board

ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS Top executive: Jennifer Hawkins, president and executive director Year founded: 1988 Mission statement: ONE Neighborhood Builders has established itself as a community development leader...
ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS R.I. Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor, left, says he'll take now that the $14 billion fiscal 2024 state budget has been approved is hiring staff members for the R.I. Office of Housing and Community Development. The budget included funding for 21 full-time equivalent positions. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

Housing advocates pleased with legislative strides, but are they enough?

With this year’s legislative session over and the $14 billion fiscal 2024 budget settled, the state's top housing official and affordable housing advocates say...

Nonprofits ask for $28M from state budget for 160 apartments in...

EAST PROVIDENCE – A group of four nonprofits called the Taunton Avenue Collaborative recently made requests to members of the General Assembly to set...

ONE Neighborhood Builders starts construction on East Providence development

EAST PROVIDENCE – The nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders recently broke ground for construction on a 16-unit affordable housing development on Bullocks Point Avenue called...
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...

ONE Neighborhood Builders buys 3 acres in East Providence, plans mixed-income...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders recently bought three neighboring vacant properties on Taunton Avenue in East Providence totaling 2.95 acres, with...
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