Founded in 1988, ONE Neighborhood Builders has established itself as a community development leader in Rhode Island. We develop affordable housing and engage neighbors across Greater Providence to cultivate safe, healthy, vibrant communities.

To date, we have developed 415 affordable apartments and over 128 home ownership opportunities, as well as more than 57,500 square feet of commercial and community space. We achieve our mission through robust housing development, addressing root causes of health disparities, and embracing innovation and building the community development field.

In addition to real estate development, ONE|NB addresses the root causes of health disparities. We strive to generate the social and economic conditions in central Providence that prolong life expectancy and work to eradicate systemic barriers that lead to health disparities.  We lead the Central Providence Health Equity Zone, a collaboration of over 25 community stakeholders who work collectively to identify and eliminate barriers to health.

Our work is pursued with an enduring commitment to equity—a core organizational value that drives the selection, advancement, and organization of our projects. The agency proudly maintains a highly diverse staff and board, reflecting the communities we serve and representing a wide constellation of identities, the result of intentional board and staff development and deep institutional dedication.

Affordable Apartments
Home Ownership Opportunities
Commercial Property

Learn about our evolution through the timeline below



Neighborhood residents, Nickerson House Community Center and Councilwoman Josephine DiRuzzo come together to form Olneyville Housing Corporation (OHC) to address the foreclosed and abandoned properties in the neighborhood and lack of affordable housing.


Olneyville Housing Corporation builds affordable housing for 15 neighborhood families through the rehabilitation of one and two-family homes.


Olneyville Housing Corporation, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence and Rhode Island Organizing Project launch the Olneyville Collaborative to jointly respond to community development needs in the neighborhood.


Olneyville Redux –

Thirty-two newly renovated apartments are completed. This provides Olneyville families with affordable, stable apartments on Bowdoin, Putnam, Appleton, Julian and Kossuth Streets


Seven new families become homeowners through OHC-built or rehabilitated homes. OHC institutes its community land trust model to ensure homes remain affordable in perpetuity. YouthBuild Providence trainees build three new homes as part of this effort.


Now 13-member Olneyville Collaborative completes Olneyville Action Plan with support from Rhode Island Housing. Plan identifies the opportunity to capitalize on Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council’s work to rediscover river and plans for Riverside Park and the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Bike Path.


OHC’s Riverside Gateway and Riverside Townhomes are completed bringing 51 families to new homes on the streets across from Riverside Park.


OHC receives a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award in recognition of our innovative partnerships with Providence Police Department that resulted in dramatic reductions in crime in the Riverside Park area.

OHC selected first Rhode Island recipient of Bank of America’s premier philanthropic initiative, the Neighborhood Excellence Award.

With seed funding from the United Way of Rhode Island, OHC begins its stewardship program to maintain open spaces in the neighborhood and provide seasonal employment for at-risk young people from the neighborhood.


Rhode Island Housing designates Olneyville one of the first four KeepSpace Communities in Rhode Island in recognition of the comprehensive nature of the Olneyville Housing Cooperation’s development strategy.


Rhode Island LISC designates Olneyville housing to pilot the Sustainable Communities initiative. OHC produces the Olneyville Community Contract – a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood culminating from an intensive community engagement process.


OHC completes the renovation of the former Polish National Home at 66 Chaffee St, originally opened in 1926 with auditorium, dining hall and bowling alleys. The “Dom Polski”, as National Homes were called, served to integrate the new immigrants into American society; the Olneyville Polish Home continued in that role until 2002 when it was vacated. OHC re-imagined the vacant building into its headquarters with rental space for YouthBuild RI.


Citizens Bank recognizes OHC as a Champion in Action


OHC and Providence Housing Authority are awarded one of the first 14 Choice Neighborhood Initiative planning grants to support the revitalization of Manton Heights and connect this development physically and socially with rest of neighborhood.


OHC and Providence Police Department partnership recognized with the first L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award from the US Department of Justice.


OHC redevelops and leases fifteen affordable apartments, all of which were  formally foreclosed, blighted properties throughout Olneyville.


OHC develops our stewardship program into a social enterprise, ONE Works, and secures contract landscaping work in Olneyville and the Providence area.


OHC honored as first Rhode Island recipient of TD Bank’s premier philanthropic initiative, the Housing for Everyone Award.


OHC develops first of three energy efficient, “Providence Green Home” constructed by Building Futures.

This Audrey Street Homeownership Initiative focused on the transformation of Audrey Street from a foreclosure-ravaged street into a stabilized community of moderate-income single-family homeowners.


Building on its neighborhood health assessment, OHC receives competitive RI Department of Health Center for Health Equity and Wellness grant to address social and environmental determinants to health.


OHC completes the Olney Village project, developing mostly foreclosed and abandoned properties into 40 family homes and two spaces for cherished community organizations (the Olneyville Food Center and Manton Avenue Project)


OHC’s place-based community development strategy receives further Washington recognition with the awarding of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant to address crime hotspots in the area of the neighborhood.


ONE|NB receives a 4-Year Health Equity Zone Grant from the Rhode Island Department of Health to address health disparities in Olneyville including lack of access to healthy food, low levels of physical activity, and high rates of chronic disease.


OHC and the Providence Housing Authority completes the Choice Neighborhood “Build Olneyville Plan”, a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization road map.


OHC acquires Imperial Knife, an historical former mill and critical link between Manton heights and renaissance park, to be redeveloped as affordable housing.


Olneyville Housing Corporation and Community Works Rhode Island come together to form ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONE|NB).


ONE|NB partners with Trinity Financial to serve as the developer for Imperial Knife & renamed 60 King Street – 60 apartments at this historic property.


Eight formerly foreclosed buildings are transformed as part of the Amherst Gardens development. 36 families now call Amherst Gardens home.


With the support of the Rhode Island Foundation, ONE|NB launches P3 (Protecting Providence Properties). Six units of naturally occurring affordable housing are purchased and leased to moderate income families.


ONE Neighborhood Builders opens the Elmwood Financial Center as a neighborhood hub for financial coaching and homebuyer education.


The Olneyville Health Equity Zone becomes the Central Providence Health Equity Zone, expanding its service area to include Federal Hill, Valley, and Hartford.


ONE|NB and Federal Hill House receive funding through EOHHS to launch a collaborative effort called the Central Providence Healthy Aging Network, designed to help older residents age in community.


Rhode Island Department of Education awards ONE|NB the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, to support afterschool and school vacation programs for students at William D’Abate Elementary School.