RHODE ISLAND TO RECEIVE $1.2 MILLION IN NEW GRANTS TO HELP PREVENT, END HOMELESSNESS *
PROVIDENCE - U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields and Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Richard Godfrey, today announced that Rhode Island will receive $1.2 million in grant funds to support two homeless programs in Rhode Island. Today's announcement marks new grants to local projects in support of ongoing efforts to end homelessness in the state. In January, HUD awarded an additional $4.8 million to renew funding to 44 existing Rhode Island programs. Learn more
R.I. Housing eases qualifications for mortgage help *
The state's housing and mortgage finance agency is easing qualifications for a program paid for by federal money to help Rhode Islanders avert foreclosure.
"We're not seeing as many people apply as we thought were going to," said Richard H. Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing. With fewer people signing up -- and others failing to meet the old qualifications -- the state agency can open the $79-million Hardest Hit Fund to a wider pool and offer more help. Learn more
*Information obtained from The Providence Journal www.projo.com