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OP-ED: Use American Rescue Act funds to address affordable housing crisis

Rhode Island is facing a housing emergency. We have been for years. And now we have an extraordinary opportunity to address it. With $1.1 billion in federal stimulus funding available for Rhode Island to invest in catalytic solutions, we unite with local housing advocates to call for the investment of $500 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to help develop the housing we need in the Ocean State. CLICK TO READ MORE
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East Providence to meet state affordable-housing goal with Sutton Place project

By Mary MacDonald Published April 15, 2021, 10:20 p.m. Providence Business News Caption: A DESIGN RENDERING of the two-building Sutton Place apartment development in East Providence, which will be renovated and deed-restricted to be leased at affordable rates. / COURTESY ED WOJCIK ARCHITECT LTD. EAST PROVIDENCE – ONE Neighborhood Builders, a Providence-based community development nonprofit, has purchased a 36-unit apartment complex in East Providence for $3.3 million, the organization announced recently. It plans to renovate the units and create deed-restricted affordable housing at the site, called Sutton Place. The property at 54 and 60 Sutton Ave. in East Providence consists of two identical buildings.…
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April 15, 2021
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Opinion/Delmonico and Hawkins: Stable, affordable homes keep families healthy

By Domenic Delmonico and Jennifer Hawkins Published April 12, 2021, 5:50 p.m. The Providence Journal Domenic Delmonico is the executive director of Rhode Island Medicaid at Tufts Health Plan. Jennifer Hawkins is the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders. Voters across Rhode Island signaled their support for producing more affordable homes by approving the $65-million housing bond during the March 2 special election. This is an important win, but it is not a long-term, fix-all solution to address the state’s urgent housing crisis. Rather, it is an important first step and we need to build off this momentum. Rhode Island's…
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April 12, 2021
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The Public’s Radio: Help on wheels: A mobile trailer delivers COVID-19 vaccine registration to Providence’s hard-hit neighborhoods

Lynn Arditi, Health Reporter The Public's Radio The Public's Radio · A mobile trailer delivers COVID-19 vaccine registration in Providence RI A gas generator makes an unholy roar outside St. Bartholomew’s Church in the city’s Silver Lake section where a shiny white trailer is parked. Inside the trailer on this chilly March afternoon it’s warm and filled with light. Two healthcare workers are seated at a long folding table behind plexiglass dividers, working on laptops. Their cushioned benches double as storage space. “We’re able to store items here, as the vehicle moves, so things are not sliding, left and right,’’…
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March 22, 2021
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I Heart Rhody – Get to know Jennifer Hawkins of ONE Neighborhood Builders

Get to know Jennifer Hawkins of ONE Neighborhood Builders Your name: Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director Nonprofit name: ONE Neighborhood Builders Website: https://oneneighborhoodbuilders.org/ Blog: https://oneneighborhoodbuilders.org/blog/ Twitter: @1_neighborhood Facebook: @ONENeighborhoodBuilders Instagram: one_neighborhoodbuilders  1. Tell us about your nonprofit’s mission.  ONE Neighborhood Builders has a mission to develop affordable housing and engage neighbors across Greater Providence to cultivate healthy, vibrant, and safe communities. 2. Is there a story behind your organization’s name?  In 2015, Olneyville Housing Corporation and Community Works Rhode Island merged together, and the newly-resulting organization was named ONE Neighborhood Builders. 3. How long has One Neighborhood Builders been operating…
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March 15, 2021
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Bridging the digital divide

Guest post by Madelyn Lazorchak, Communications Writer, NeighborWorks America   In November, just before Thanksgiving, ONE Neighborhood Builders paraded through the streets of their community with an announcement, posted on signs and shouted from the back of a truck. "Free WiFi," they said. And then in Spanish, "Gratis WiFi." The announcement was for the community's new WiFi network, providing about 3,000 households in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, with free high-speed internet. Almost immediately, Mirza Portillo's sons, Diego, 8, and Dylan, 11, were using that WiFi to connect to school, where officials instituted distance learning starting last March.…
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February 9, 2021
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ONE Neighborhood Builders Receives $20,000 to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Education in Communities of Color

Funding is part of join community investment by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONE|NB) has announced that, in their first joint community investment, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation are giving $1 million to 42 organizations across the region to expand vaccine education, awareness, and outreach in communities of color. ONE|NB has received a grant of $20,000 to promote vaccination efforts in underserved populations in the 02908 and 02909 areas. Nine Rhode Island organizations will receive a total of $175,000 in funding. Just one month after Harvard Pilgrim…
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February 9, 2021
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Who to Watch 2021: Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director, ONE Neighborhood Builders

"In 2021 I intend to not stay in my lane and to push boundaries,” proclaims Jennifer Hawkins. She’s got a head start on that New Year’s resolution. Last year, ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONB) – formerly known as Olneyville Housing Corporation for you “Take a left where the Almacs used to be” types – made a play into the 195 land. Their proposal for a 58-unit apartment building with a ground-floor childcare center won widespread acclaim, but was unfortunately not pushed forward by the 195 Commission. Hawkins, the executive director, remains undaunted. “Our proposal generated a lot of attention and I…
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January 28, 2021
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Providence Business News: Five Questions With Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins, the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, a community-development organization in Providence, spoke to Providence Business News recently about the Central Providence Opportunities initiative. Announced in December, the initiative will focus on investments in two ZIP codes of Providence and is funded by an $8 million grant provided by Blue Meridian Partners, a philanthropic organization. A 17-member resident advisory council will help shape the direction of the grant investments. PBN: What is the Central Providence Opportunities initiative? HAWKINS: Central Providence Opportunities is a partnership that pulls together ONE Neighborhood Builders to serve as the community backbone and project , the…
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January 26, 2021
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Governor Raimondo Announces $8 Million Central Providence Opportunities Initiative

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced that Rhode Island has been awarded an $8 million, 24-month grant to implement Central Providence Opportunities – a place-based initiative to increase social and economic mobility for residents of the 02908 and 02909 zip codes, and then scale these strategies statewide. The pilot initiative, set to commence next month, brings together the Governor’s office, state agencies, the Rhode Island Foundation, and ONE Neighborhood Builders. Governor Raimondo was joined by community partners at a Facebook Live event to launch this initiative. The video can be viewed here: facebook.com/GinaMRaimondo. “This initiative is a critical step in building a stronger,…
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December 18, 2020
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Changing life trajectories in Providence

Blue Meridian invests $8 million in a new initiative being led by ONE Neighborhood Builders in Central Providence Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, who will be shepherding a new $8 million pilot program focused on Central Providence WHY IS THIS STORY IMPORTANT? ONE Neighborhood Builders has been chosen to lead a new $8 million initiative funded by Blue Meridian Partners, focused on transforming lifetime trajectories for children and families in Central Providence. THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED What kinds of data coordination can be done with the social determinants of health surveys conducted by ONE…
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December 8, 2020