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Local Habitat group receives biggest gift in program’s history

Local Habitat group receives biggest gift in program’s history _ News _
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From the Independent:

A recent award of more than $400,000 in state funds to South County Habitat for Humanity is the largest in the nonprofit affordable housing organization’s 31-year history.

The impact will be felt locally, as $88,000 of the funding is set aside for a single-family home being built in South Kingstown, close to the University of Rhode Island. Habitat anticipates breaking ground on the project in early spring.

In November, Habitat opened applications for the property and fielded more than 100 phone calls from families interested in applying.

The funds came to Habitat through the Building Homes Rhode Island program, which uses state affordable housing bond money to develop affordable housing for Rhode Islanders.

In March 2021 at a special election, Rhode Islanders approved Question 3, a $65 million bond for housing and community opportunity.

A team at at South County Habitat for Humanity spent the early part of the year spreading awareness

about the special election, encouraging the community to get out and vote, Executive Director Colin Penney said.

“Thankfully the bond passed, and because of such, our organization has been awarded $424,204 to fund the construction of four homes right here in Washington County,” Penney said. “I’m still in disbelief, and so very grateful for everyone who voted to invest in the community. Because of them, four low-income families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing will soon have a home of their own.”


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