By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
Activists from DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) and Tenant and Homeowner Association (THA) set up outside Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office on the second floor of Providence City Hall to demand changes to the city’s Everyhome program.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Everyhome, Joe Buchanan, jorge elorza, Malchus Mills, Roline Burgison, Tenant and Homeowner Association, THA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2016
As Charles Fortune looks on, the auctioneer opened the bidding for the house he has lived in for the last twenty years. Only one bid, for $45 thousand was entered. Fortune owes over $200,000 on his mortgage…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Housing, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BCC, Boston Community Capital, Charles Fortune, Christopher Rotondo, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Tenant Homeowners Association, THA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 6, 2016
14.3 percent of Rhode Islanders live in poverty. That rate climbs to 19.8 percent when we talk about children specifically.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Women, Youth | Tagged Calvary Worship Center, earned income tax credit, EITC, Gina Raimondo, Herson Gonzalez, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Opening Doors RI, payday loans, Rachel Simon, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH, RIPTA | 2 Responses
By Harry Rix on November 23, 2015
“I don’t think there is a white privilege.” – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello Rhode Island’s Democratic Speaker on race: “I don’t think anybody in society views any particular nationality as having any privilege over any other.” This denies the experiences of many minorities. They know whites have greater privileges in education, employment, housing, banking and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Jim Ryczek, who heads up the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), is in full support of the lawsuit. “We are proud to have helped keep communities safe,” said Ryczek, adding that the three factors that keep people from re-offending are stable housing, employment and treatment. The law, if it is allowed to stand, threatens all three of these factors.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, harrington hall, House of Hope CDC, Jean M. Johnson, Jim Ryczek, John MacDonald, Lynette Labringer, Nicholas Mattiello, OpenDoors, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI ACLU, RICH, Sol Rodriguez, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Christopher Samih-Rotondo, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, hode Island Legal Services, just cause, Michael Grinthal, Michael Zabelin, Paulette Soltani, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2015
“Too many people have been denied a safe and stable home with their family because of something they did 10 or more years ago,” said John Prince, campaign organizer with Behind the Walls, in a statement. “Sometimes parents can’t go back and live with their kids because of an arrest, when they were never even convicted of the crime. That’s just wrong.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Featured, Housing, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Ella Baker Center, Fair Housing campaign, Franny Choi, John Prince, Mary Kay Harris, Providence Public Housing Authority, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Sheila Wilhelm, Stephen J. Fortunato, Vatic Kuumba | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged John Freitas, Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barbara Kalil, homeless bill of rights, jorge elorza, Karen Jeffries, opening doors rhode island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, RICH, rihap, Shannah Kurland | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on April 1, 2015
Advocates for the homeless say a Providence shelter discriminates against clients based on their sexual orientation. This, and other complaints, inspired the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project to work with legislators on standards for homeless shelters in Rhode Island. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Betty Crowley of Central Falls, will be heard by a Senate […]
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Elisha Kay Aldrich, government, homeless, Homelessness, legislature, news, Providence, state house, State Legislation | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2015
Undoing the damage of decades of racist housing policy and preventing future Fergusons requires a plan. RhodeMap RI isn’t quite that plan, it’s more a collection of guidelines to help communities develop a plan, but it’s a good step in the right direction.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Featured, Housing, National News, Race & Racism | Tagged affordable housing, barrington, Charlestown, coventry, east greenwich, Economic Policy institute, EPI, exeter, fair share law, ferguson, Hopkinton, Justin price, Mike Brown, portsmouth, Rhode Island Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004, Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, RhodeMap, Richard Rothstein, Richmond, Sherry Roberts, St. Louis, US Department of Justice, West greenwich | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, J. Michael Downey, Jean Johnson, Jim Ryczek, Lynn Loveday, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner, social safety net | 2 Responses
By Tom Sgouros on December 21, 2014
In a stunning turnaround, the RI Tea Party today made a full-throated endorsement of some of the most intrusive government regulations on the books. In a fundraising email, the group called on its supporters to “…rise up against this assault on everything you’ve worked your entire life to earn” — by defending existing zoning and land-use regulations throughout the […]
By Tom Sgouros on December 6, 2014
In yet another breathless press release from The Center for Freedom and Apple Pie today, I learned that the controversial RhodeMapRI plan will call for the incineration of your house. Right down to the ground. Be afraid. Very afraid. Yes, it’s true, your nice comfortable suburban house, the one you dreamed about for years, is to […]
By Bob Plain on December 4, 2014
In a Nov. 17 piece in the Providence Journal, Gary Morse, an anti-affordable housing advocate who lives in Barrington, laid out his reasoning for opposing the RhodeMapRI plan. “Strip away all the happy talk about walking communities and bike paths, and what RhodeMap RI is really all about is HUD’s demand that low-income housing, particularly […]
By Frymaster on November 19, 2014
In the introductory post of this series on housing in the Providence metro, I laid out some basic concepts in antithetical pairs. I sought to show how policy advocates and community activists argue their competing viewpoints within a zero-sum logic, usually to the detriment of both. This post examines the process of radical neighborhood change commonly called gentrification. […]
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, Housing | Tagged gentrification, Hayes Valley, Jonathan Lax, Mt. Hope, Providence, real estate, San Francisco, Stop Wasting Abandoned Properties, SWAP | Leave a response
By Frymaster on November 14, 2014
Housing is among the key requirements for human survival. And it is arguably the single greatest defining factor for a community. The urban landscape, particularly in the US, has seen any number of experiments and approaches. Many have been abysmal failures. Today, the “new urbanism” approach seeks to improve cities through a set of measures to increase density […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2014
The banks that stole from Remy didn’t just take money, they took his very sense of self. Remy found himself asking his daughter to lie for him on the phone, and every knock on the door was met with the fear that this was the day he would be evicted. A good and honorable man, he began to feel like he was failing as a father.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 10, 2014
Governor Chafee signed the Just Cause bill, which requires banks and credit unions to allow tenants in foreclosed building to continue to pay rent and live there under the terms of the lease they had with their landlord. Further, the bill requires lenders who foreclose to maintain the building, effecting repairs and keeping the property […]