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Topic: Housing

The rising homelessness rate was a crisis, even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metro, News

R.I. homelessness was on the rise before COVID-19, HUD report says

March 31, 2021 2 comments

There was a 4.6 percent increase in homelessness in Rhode Island from 2019 to 2020 according to part one of the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development delivered to Congress March 18.

McGough ’23: Don’t let fears of gentrification hold back housing

Columns, Opinions

McGough ’23: Don’t let fears of gentrification hold back housing

March 9, 2021 0 comments

America has a housing problem. Whether in being prohibitively expensive, hopelessly rundown or environmentally unfriendly, America’s housing is not meeting the needs of the 21st century.

With one-third of all Rhode Islanders spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, the housing crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Providence community urges state to do more about evictions

February 8, 2021 1 comment

As houses stand empty and more tenants face eviction in Rhode Island, there is an increasingly urgent need for state aid during a pandemic that has only worsened existing housing issues, according to Brenda Clement, director of Housingworks RI. A pandemic, requiring a place to quarantine and isolate in, makes […]

Professor of Sociology Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve called the President’s plan “a step in the right direction… (but) really a drop in the proverbial bucket.”

Metro, News

“A drop in the proverbial bucket”: Incarceration scholars, housing activists weigh in on Biden executive orders

February 5, 2021 0 comments

President Joe Biden has signed 28 executive orders within his first two weeks as president — more than most presidents in recent history have done in their first month in the Oval Office. On the cusp of Black History Month, Biden issued several orders related to ending racial inequity and discrimination. 

Students and local housing experts suggested that the proposed plan was ultimately lacking in any real commitment.

Metro, News

Drafted Providence housing plans draws critiques, recognition of positive efforts

September 30, 2020 0 comments

In an effort to provide more housing and homeownership opportunities to Providence residents, the city released a draft of its first Anti-Displacement and Comprehensive Housing Strategy on Aug. 26.

Pollard ’21: Flawed housing policies and Brown’s broken commitments to transparency in communications

Op-eds, Opinions

Pollard ’21: Flawed housing policies and Brown’s broken commitments to transparency in communications

August 12, 2020 1 comment

Prior to students’ return to campus this fall, the University has upheld its policy requiring students to spend six semesters living on campus, and promised to uphold their agreement to house all students who request it.

Apartments at River House — located across the river from College Hill — are among those being leased by Brown for additional student housing.

COVID-19 Updates, News, University News

Brown secures one-year leases at four off-campus Providence locations for upcoming academic year

July 15, 2020 0 comments

To supplement the supply of on-campus housing and allow for a de-densified campus during the upcoming academic year, the University has agreed to one-year leases at four off-campus locations in Providence. 

Rhode Islanders report housing, jobs as most pressing challenges

Metro, News

Rhode Islanders report housing, jobs as most pressing challenges

November 19, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Ocean State residents generally say that poor access to affordable housing lowers the quality of their communities more than any other factor, according to a report issued by health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island in partnership with the University’s School of Public Health.

Over 150 students to be housed via summer assignment

News, University News

Over 150 students to be housed via summer assignment

April 25, 2019 1 comment

Approximately 160 students will receive on-campus housing for the 2019-20 academic year through the summer assignment process.

The hearing featured speeches by members of the community representing groups including City Council, non-profit art organizations and the Providence Preservation society.

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Hope Point Tower design-concept proposal denied

April 10, 2019 1 comment

The most recent design-concept application for Hope Point Tower, a proposed luxury apartment building, was denied in a unanimous advisory vote Monday by Providence’s Downtown Design Review Committee.