Central Providence Opportunities (CPO) is a two-year, $8-million, place-based effort 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 Neighborhood Builders convenes CPO. By October 2022, we will:

Invest $5 million in proven or promising initiatives that lead to increasing affordable housing, improving third-grade literacy, growing residents’ wages and skills, and supporting the profitability of local businesses.

Amplify and coordinate the work of the Central Providence Health Equity Zone to address health disparities by improving social and economic conditions in 02908 and 02909.

Suggest new public sector policies and legislation that will help us achieve our mission for the long-term.

Learn how place-based, community-led transformation happens and develop baseline metrics to quantify economic mobility.

Participate in a State-led scaling workgroup that will inform Rhode Island’s health equity zone expansion strategy and its comprehensive approach to place-based equitable revitalization.

CPO Focus Areas and Goals

Central Providence Opportunities aims to build and sustain improvements in four focus areas:


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Increase production and preservation of affordable housing

Early Education for Ages 0 to 8

Promote and improve reading education so that more students are reading at grade level by third grade

Business Development

Support local and minority-owned businesses so they can sustain themselves and expand

On-Ramps to Living Wages

Encourage and expand training and education that will help increase residents’ wages


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Resident Advisory Council (RAC)

ONE|NB formed a Resident Advisory Council (RAC) of 18 individuals who reflect the diversity of Central Providence. The RAC works to ensure broad, authentic engagement from residents of Central Providence so that residents and families most impacted by economic insecurity and lack of opportunities have a strong voice in recommending solutions to these problems.


On June 2, 2021, the Resident Advisory Council for Central Providence Opportunities announced it is seeking grant applications for the Central Providence Opportunities Resident Advisory Council Community Impact Fund. This fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 each to support creative, community-driven projects that support the goals and objectives of Central Providence Opportunities. Nonprofit organizations and small businesses that meet the definition of micro-enterprises (9 or fewer employees) are eligible to apply for the grants.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on July 30, 2021. Interested applicants may apply with a narrative or video application and shall do so by completing an online form.  

Central Providence Collaborative

Community-based organizations will continue to be involved through the Central Providence Health Equity Zone (CP-HEZ) Collaborative. The Collaborative is comprised of a diverse group of more than 25 partners who act as the HEZ thought partners and implementation team.

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ONE|NB currently has 14 Central Providence residents (02908/02909) participating in our Community Health Worker (CHW) registered apprenticeship. These primarily bilingual residents conduct screenings of residents for social determinants of health, work that helps us understand the needs of community residents.

Listening Tour

A series of community conversations began in March of 2021. To stay updated, please sign up for CPO emails and our ONE|NB newsletter.

Overall Budget for Central Providence Opportunities: $8 million

(Updated 5/24/2021 and then quarterly)

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ONE|NB formed a Resident Advisory Council (RAC) of 18 individuals who reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the neighborhood.

Galen Auer

A resident of 02908, Galen Auer has extensive experience with community engagement and outreach. Most recently, Galen served as Outreach Coordinator for the 2020 RI Census and as a community liaison for the RI Complete Count Committee. As an active member of LGBTQ+ Action RI, Galen has worked to enact legislation on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community in Rhode Island.

Janet Da Silva

Janet Da Silva has 7+ years of experience working in financial services. She currently works as Operations Manager of EYL University, an online educational platform focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. She is passionate about fostering economic empowerment in Black and brown people through education. Janet understands that by leveraging the gifts and talents in our communities we can solve any problem. Over the last several years, she has sponsored college students in Cabo Verde to assist with the completion of their studies debt-free. Through obtaining her master of business administration with a focus in strategic planning and innovative practices from the University of Rhode Island, she knows the power of education (preparation) meeting opportunity. Janet is enjoying serving as a part of the Resident Advisory Council and bettering the neighborhood and community she calls home.

Oluwademilade Egunjobi

A student at Classical High School, Oluwademilade Egunjobi brings her experience as the child of immigrants and an understanding of the issues facing young people and students of color. She has seen the disparities between various neighborhoods in Providence, and she hopes to contribute to the fight against discrimination and the school-to-prison pipeline. She is excited to work with the Resident Advisory Council to help create a safer community with more opportunities and resources for young people and families.

Oluwapelumi Egunjobi

A junior at Classical High School, Oluwapelumi Egunjobi has been active in efforts to organize and advocate on behalf of students of color. She is very interested in making sure that there are counselors and resources for first-generation students to assist them in applying to and completing college. She would also like to see financial education programs for young people so that they are prepared to manage their finances and debts and be successful.

Tomeka Johnson

Tomeka Johnson works as a counselor at Codac Behavioral Healthcare, which provides treatment for opioid use disorder, helping young people and adults change their lives. Growing up in Hartford Park and Olneyville, she participated in numerous activities for youth and families run through community centers. She is happy to be part of the Resident Advisory Council to be able to provide her knowledge and thoughts on programs that can serve the youth of our community.

Angel Lopez

Angel Lopez has been a resident of 02909 for 31 years. He is an advocate for health and safety initiatives at the local and state levels. With a background in accounting, he has helped numerous local businesses access resources through the Restore RI program. He believes that public health equity is a key priority for the improvement of the community, and that lack of information about health leads to negative outcomes. Angel looks forward to using his communications skills and relationships to support this initiative.

Falisha Mack

A lifelong resident of Central Providence, Falisha Mack is currently a student at the Community College of Rhode Island. She works for the after-school program at the Providence YWCA. Falisha is interested in being involved because it is important to bring resources to neighborhoods that don’t have the same programs and opportunities as wealthier neighborhoods.

Erin Papa

Erin Papa is an involved resident of 02909 and a faculty member at Rhode Island College in World Languages Education. She coordinates the RIC-Mount Pleasant High School partnership and is an active volunteer with the Olneyville Neighborhood Association. She also directs the Coalition for a Multilingual RI, which is dedicated to creating a culturally sustaining educational environment where all Rhode Island students learn in multiple languages from Pre-K to college. She is excited to work with the Resident Advisory Council to make sure there are opportunities for immigrants and non-native English speakers to have a real voice in the initiative.

Shelley Peterson

A resident of the Elmhurst neighborhood for the last 16 years, Shelley Peterson has worked with neighbors to promote green spaces and parks, including as a founding member of Friends of Fargnoli Park. She works as a grant writer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of RI and is on the board of RI Habitat for Humanity-Greater Providence, where she advocates for affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income families.

Dania Polanco

Dania Polanco has lived in Providence since immigrating from the Dominican Republic in 2006. As a first-generation college student at Providence College (graduating in 2021), she has seen first-hand the importance of advocacy and communication to ensure that all residents have access to resources and programs. She plans to use her personal experience and educational knowledge to advocate for the changes that the Providence community deserves.

Lisa Ranglin

Lisa Ranglin is the Founder and President of the RI Black Business Association. She brings 20+ years of experience in the financial sector. She has lived in the neighborhood for 40+ years and is passionate about leveraging the talents and experiences of residents and business owners to find their own answers and solutions to challenges facing the community.

Patricia Reaves

A resident of Smith Hill, Patricia Reaves has been very involved in organizing community events and activities. She has a background in accounting and has many years of experience working with insurance and finance companies. She is interested in participating in the development of initiatives and activities to benefit all families and to bring improvement to the community she calls home.

Jennifer Recinos

Born and raised in Olneyville, Jennifer Recinos has a deep understanding of issues facing low-income and immigrant communities in Providence. Jenn has been involved with the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for many years, first as a River Ranger and now as a member of the Board. She brings a lens of anti-displacement and anti-gentrification and hopes to represent residents who are not always invited to be part of these kinds of initiatives.

Elmer Stanley

Elmer Stanley has lived in the Olneyville neighborhood for 14 years. Until May of 2021, he served as a Board member of ONE Neighborhood Builders. He has extensive experience with resident engagement and outreach and has served as Resident Engagement and Leadership Development Coordinator for Making Connections Providence.

Leah Stuckey

Leah Stuckey has lived in 02908 on Manton Avenue for 11 years. She is an active member of Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) and Providence Housing Authority Wellness Team. Leah is also active in addressing issues of food access, drug abuse, mental health, and domestic violence.

Matt Tracy

Matt Tracy is a painter and mapmaker who has lived in Providence since 1999. He has a deep interest in plants and natural systems. Recently, he propagated wild plants from the Woonasquatucket River watershed to create an installation at the Dirt Palace in Providence. An environmental advocate, he serves on the board of the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District. Among his top concerns are inclusive planning, affordable housing, and support for small “mom and pop” businesses, which are the backbone of our neighborhoods.

Michelle Ziobrowski

A lifelong resident of Central Providence, Michelle Ziobrowski has been a volunteer on many campaigns to improve her community. She has a wide network of relationships in the community and works with neighbors to make sure that long-time residents are not uprooted as the neighborhood undergoes changes. She wants to make sure Central Providence remains a diverse community, with services and programs for the elderly, people with disabilities, immigrants, and low-income families.

Karen Zuniga

A resident of Central Providence, Karen Zuniga currently works as the assistant director of community health for ONE Neighborhood Builders. She and her team work to address health disparities by directly connecting residents to available resources, including helping families deal with the ongoing pandemic. Karen has seen the negative impact of health and economic disparities in the community, and she hopes to work with other members of the Resident Advisory Council to make sure we address health equity issues.


Q1: What types of investments will be made with the $8 million grant?

Four key principles will guide CPO investments in initiatives:

  1. Scale: Investments that contribute to policy change or an expansion of our reach will be prioritized. The idea is to ensure that more people in Central Providence — particularly those in households who have been historically marginalized — have access to quality services.
  2. Leveraging: Investments that leverage additional government or private funds will be prioritized because of the impact such additional resources can offer to programs in Central Providence.
  3. Innovation: We will be able to fund catalytic projects and/or innovative approaches to address systemic barriers, in large part because of the flexibility that comes with unrestricted funding.
  4. Community Engagement: By truly listening to community members about their lived experiences, we expect to identify innovative approaches to existing barriers and to address gaps that have existed in part because of systems that have not been responsive enough to community voice.

Q2: What is the connection between Central Providence HEZ and CPO?

ONE Neighborhood Builders is the “backbone” or convening organization for both the CP-HEZ and CPO. The primary goals of the CP-HEZ and CPO are to address community inequities by identifying barriers and solutions, lifting community voice, and creating increased access to opportunities.

Recognizing and uplifting community voice is a key piece of how the CP-HEZ operates. The CP-HEZ holds regular “Collaborative” meetings that include Community Health Workers and stakeholders who report on critical community needs. CPO relies on the Collaborative’s input as well as on input from our own Resident Advisory Council as we work together to propose and create solutions.

Q3: What do you mean by "social and economic mobility"?

Systemic racism and discrimination have led to economic insecurity and lack of opportunity for too many people, especially in the ZIP codes where we focus our efforts. Our CPO work is intended to create more equity in Central Providence by addressing systemic barriers and finding solutions to create enduring change.

Social mobility is the movement of a person, people, family, household, or group on a social ladder or position in society.

Economic mobility represents the ability of a person, people, family, household, or group to increase their income and/or build generational wealth. Essentially, economic mobility is the likelihood that children can achieve a higher standard of living than the household or family into which they were born.

Q4. How are you evaluating your impact and recording what you are learning?

Evaluation and Learning is embedded in the work of CPO so that our evaluation activities are in line with CPO project goals and milestones. We are collecting important community data and documenting what we are learning throughout this two-year initiative. CPO evaluations are intended to assess the short-term impact of our work and to identify ways the initiative could be expanded or replicated.


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