We’re available to help tenants get rent relief

Patricia Reaves, our Rent Relief Supervisor, leads a team with expertise in helping renters apply for rental assistance. ONE Neighborhood Builders is one of several agencies authorized to help tenants apply to RIHousing and get a case number.

Since May, ONE|NB has helped more than 1,594 residents with questions and any type of assistance. Of those, ONE|NB has helped 388 residents apply for rental assistance, with 165 approvals, totaling $1,068,470, with average rent relief per applicant at $6,475.58. Click to read more

ONE|NB Connects WiFi expansion in Olneyville to begin in January

We’re about to move ahead with expanding and upgrading the free mesh WiFi network that we built last year in Olneyville — called ONE|NB Connects. Work will begin in early January. The expansion is expected to fill gaps in the WiFi network, reduce lag times, increase speeds, and expand the service’s reach by about 500 households. Currently, 1,640 unique users have accessed the network. The service was put in place to address the urgent need for internet access in the community when the pandemic hit.

Phase Two of the program is being made possible by a $125,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development, $30,000 from the HarborOne Foundation, $37,500 from NeighborWorks America Digital Divide, and others. Click to read more

ONE|NB is awarded $5.1 million for affordable housing in Providence and East Providence

We’re moving forward on two affordable housing developments, thanks to $5.1 million in awards from the State’s Housing Resources Commission.

The State awarded $3,455,000 for The Avenue, our newest development, which will include 39 new apartments in the Federal Hill neighborhood and the preservation and renovation of 46 existing apartments in the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence. We are seeking other funding now for the $24 million development.

The State also awarded $1,676,000 for the Residences at Riverside Square in East Providence. The development, known as the “old Vamco site” at Bullocks Point, will create 16 new affordable apartments for extremely low- to moderate-income households, three of which will be reserved for youth aging out of foster care. The redevelopment of this site will revitalize a long-vacant and blighted property adjacent to the East Bay Bike Path. Click to read more