ONE Neighborhood Builders is a nonprofit community development organization dedicated to revitalizing Providence neighborhoods. Olneyville Housing Corporation, founded in 1988, changed its name to ONE Neighborhood Builders when it merged with Community Works Rhode Island in 2015. To date, we have developed 375 affordable apartments and over 115 for-sale homes, as well as more than 50,000 square feet of commercial and community space. These spaces include many properties that were formerly foreclosed and blighted in addition to historic buildings that ONE|NB works to preserve, saving landmarks while creating vibrant spaces to work and live.

 

In addition to real estate development, ONE|NB invests in individual asset building & community engagement. On the individual level. we work with over 400 families per year to provide free tax preparation services, budgeting assistance, credit counseling, financial capability coaching, homeownership education, and foreclosure prevention. These programs ensure that ONE|NB renters, home-buyers, and community members at large, are financially secure and have the foundation to achieve their personal goals.

 

At the community level, we convene the Olneyville Collaborative- a group of 25 organizations, businesses and resident leaders that work together to strengthen the social fabric of our neighborhood. In our capacity as a community builder, we have also brought more than $1,300,000 to Olneyville to promote community health and public safety in the last five years alone.
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Learn about our evolution through the timeline below

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1988

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.

1988-2001

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

1999

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.

2001

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

2001-2007

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.

2003

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.

2006-2008

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

2007

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.

2008

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.

2008

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.

2009

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.

2009

Citizens Bank recognizes OHC as a Champion in Action

2010

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.

2011

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

2011-2012

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

2012

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

2012

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

2012-2013

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.

2013

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.

2013

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)

2013

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.

2014

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.

2014

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

2014

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

2015

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

2017

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

2017

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