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, and vibrant communities.

To date, we have developed 482 affordable apartments and 130 home ownership opportunities, as well as 34,000 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 more than 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.

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Affordable Apartments
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Commercial & Community Space

Learn about our evolution through the timeline below

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1988

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

1988-2001

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

1999

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

2001

Olneyville Redux:

Thirty-two newly renovated apartments are completed, providing 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 that homes remain affordable in perpetuity. YouthBuild Providence trainees build three new homes as part of this effort.

2003

Olneyville Collaborative, now with 13 members, completes the Olneyville Action Plan with support from Rhode Island Housing. The plan identifies the opportunity to capitalize on Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council’s work to rediscover the 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 into new homes on the streets across from Riverside Park.

2007

Olneyville Housing Corporation receives a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award in recognition of its innovative partnerships with the Providence Police Department, which have resulted in dramatic reductions in crime in the Riverside Park area.

OHC is selected as the 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 to provide seasonal employment for at-risk young people from the neighborhood.

2008

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

2008

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island designates Olneyville Housing Corporation to pilot the Sustainable Communities initiative. OHC produces the Olneyville Community Contract, a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood that is the result of an intensive community engagement process.

2009

OHC completes the renovation of the former Polish National Home at 66 Chaffee Street, which had originally opened in 1926 with an auditorium, dining hall, and bowling alleys.

The “Dom Polski,” as National Homes were called, served to integrate new immigrants into American society, a role that the Olneyville Polish Home maintained until 2002, when the building was vacated. OHC re-imagined the vacant building into its headquarters, with rental space for YouthBuild RI.

2009

Citizens Bank recognizes Olneyville Housing Corporation as a Champion in Action.

2010

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

2011

The partnership between Olneyville Housing Corporation and the Providence Police Department is recognized with the first L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.

2011-2012

OHC redevelops and leases 15 affordable apartments, all of which were  formerly foreclosed, blighted properties throughout the Olneyville neighborhood.

2012

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

2012

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

2012-2013

Olneyville Housing Corporation develops the first of three energy-efficient “Providence Green Homes” constructed by Building Futures.

This Audrey Street Homeownership Initiative focuses 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 work conducting neighborhood health assessments, OHC receives a competitive Rhode Island Department of Health Center for Health Equity and Wellness grant to address the social and environmental determinants of health.

2013

Olneyville Housing Corporation 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 the Manton Avenue Project.

2013

OHC’s place-based community development strategy receives further Federal recognition when it is awarded
the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to address crime hotspots in the neighborhood.

2014

Olneyville Housing Corporation 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 complete the Choice Neighborhood “Build Olneyville Plan,” a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization road map.

2014

OHC acquires Imperial Knife, an historical former mill and a critical link between Manton Heights and Renaissance Park, to be redeveloped into affordable housing.

2015

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

2017

ONE Neighborhood Builders partners with Trinity Financial to serve as the developer for Imperial Knife, which is renamed 60 King Street, a reference to the 60 apartments to be developed at this historic property.

2017

Eight formerly foreclosed buildings are transformed into the Amherst Gardens development: 36 families now call Amherst Gardens home.

2018

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

2018

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

2019

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

2019

ONE|NB and Federal Hill House receive funding through the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services to launch a collaborative effort called the Central Providence Healthy Aging Network, designed to help older residents age in their community.

2019

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

2019

ONE|NB breaks ground for its Manton Avenue Live/Work Townhomes, the nonprofit’s first two-family homes that also include commercial/maker space so that an owner can operate a business in that space. These 4 new townhomes near Olneyville’s vibrant commercial corridor are intended for buyers earning between 80% and 120% of the average median income. They are adjacent to Joslin Park, with easy access to the nearby bike path.

2019

ONE Neighborhood Builders begins construction on its Sheridan Small Homes project, to construct 5 new zero-energy, small homes in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood. The solar panels on these homes will produce as much, or more, energy as the occupants are projected to consume.

2020

ONE|NB breaks ground on its largest development to date, King Street Commons, with an investment of $17.5 million. On 2.5 acres, these 30 new affordable rental apartments and 32 rehabilitated affordable apartments are located along a once-blighted street. One of the buildings is now poised to host an on-site child care center on the ground floor.

2020

Pandemic Response: The Central Providence Health Equity Zone expands to encompass the 02908 and 02909 ZIP codes. The Community Health Worker cohort, begun and supported by ONE|NB, also expands in Central Providence from 5 Community Health Workers in March of 2020 to 14 in July of 2020.

2020

Pandemic Response: Recognizing the urgent need for families to access the internet for school and work, ONE|NB creates a wireless mesh network during the pandemic to provide free internet access to a portion of the Olneyville neighborhood. ONE|NB installs 12 wireless routers throughout the neighborhood, onto the rooftops of buildings that ONE|NB owns, to allow coverage across a wide area, with the initial potential to reach 1,000 households. ONE|NB begins exploring ways to expand the network.

2020

ONE|NB is selected as one of 14 projects across the country for Blue Meridian Partners’ Place Matters Portfolio to convene Central Providence Opportunities (CPO). This two-year, $8-million, place-based effort is intended to improve economic mobility for residents in the nine neighborhoods located in the 02908 and 02909 ZIP codes: Elmhurst, Federal Hill, Hartford, Manton, Mount Pleasant, Olneyville, Silver Lake, Smith Hill, and Valley. Economic mobility is the likelihood that children achieve a higher standard of living than the household in which they were born. ONE|NB is the only entity in New England selected for this Place Matters work.

2021

ONE Neighborhood Builders embarks on its first project outside of Providence when it purchases Sutton Place in East Providence, with assistance from RIHousing. The two identical buildings located at 54 and 60 Sutton Avenue contain 36 rental units that will now remain affordable for the long-term (as required by RIHousing financing). This renovation will make East Providence only the seventh of Rhode Island’s 39 communities to meet the state goal that 10 percent of each city’s or town’s housing stock qualifies as low- and moderate-income housing. ONE|NB also becomes the designated developer for another East Providence project, to build 16 affordable housing units in Riverside Square on a vacant, former brownfield location.

2021

ONE Neighborhood Builders and community partners celebrate the opening of a new local business support center in ONE|NB’s building at 222 Manton Avenue in the Olneyville neighborhood. When this storefront commercial space became available for a new lease, ONE|NB approached Social Enterprise Greenhouse and asked if they would partner to open a business support center. Now, with 10 other community partners, the business center is a collaborative, one-stop shop where individuals and small business owners can easily find the resources and support they need to launch and grow their businesses.

2021

ONE Neighborhood Builders expands its capacity within the nonprofit’s Olneyville headquarters, at 66 Chaffee Street, to accommodate the organization’s growth in recent years to 25 full-time-equivalent employees. Back in 2017, the organization consisted of only 8 full-time-equivalent employees.