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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.
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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...
BARBARA FIELDS is the executive director of Rhode Island Housing. oody’s Investor Service has upgraded the rating for bond series to be issued by Rhode Island Housing to Aa1. / PBN FILE PHOTO RUPERT WHITELEY

Moody’s upgrades $105M bond issue rating for Rhode Island Housing

PROVIDENCE — Moody’s Investor Service has upgraded the rating for bond series to be issued by Rhode Island Housing. The ratings increase of one position,...
PURPOSE-DRIVEN: Approximately 28 percent of R.I. Housing employees are millennials. Research shows the generation wants work with a purpose.
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R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp.

BEST PLACES TO WORK 2018 11. LARGE COMPANIES | R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. Employees in R.I.: 239 Executive Director Barbara Fields Questions answered by: Barbara Farrand,...
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...
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...
U.S. SEN. JACK F. REED announced that $22.4 million of federal money has been released to help Rhode Island families and seniors afford heat through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Reed announces $5.8M for homeless assistance programs

PROVIDENCE – Sen. Jack F. Reed announced $5.8 million for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs on Wednesday.The funds come from Continuum of Care grants,...
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...
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