Yearly Archives: 2016

Federal Weatherization Grants Help RIers Increase Energy Efficiency & Save a Bundle

As the national Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today joined with Providence residents, community partners, and energy experts to tout the program’s positive impacts and help more families in need save on their energy bills

Rep. Maldonado to chair commission to study Low and Moderate Income Housing Act; panel...

Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) has been appointed to chair a special legislative commission to study the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act and its compliance by cities and towns

Vitter Announces $128.5 Million Grant for Louisiana Housing Recovery

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award a $128,516,850 grant to the State of Louisiana’s Shelter at Home Program, which allows flood victims to stay in their homes while rebuilding instead of boarding in shelters or hotels.

Federal Funding Awarded to RI-Led Partnership to Standardize Home Energy Efficiency Ratings

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded funding to Rhode Island’s Office of Energy Resources (OER) for an interstate partnership that will help consumers compare home energy efficiency performance.

Back by popular demand: DEM, Arbor Day Foundation offer free trees to homeowners this...

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Arbor Day Foundation are teaming up once again to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs while beautifying their neighborhood

Rebuilding Rhode Island, Rebuilding RIDOT: RIDOT Investing in Much-Needed Road Repairs in South Kingstown

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is investing in much-needed repairs to 1.3 miles of roadway in the villages of Wakefield and Peace Dale in South Kingstown. Work is now underway with the initial task involving the installation of new drainage structures along a section of Kingstown Road, working south toward High Street.

Rhode Island Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Department of Human Services will conduct a public hearing to allow interested groups, organizations, and all segments of the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed state plan for the RI Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue

Rhode Island Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division Returns nearly $1.5 Million to 1,500 People in...

During the first six weeks of the fiscal year, the Unclaimed Property Division of Rhode Island Treasury has successfully processed over 1,545 claims, returning $1,466,470 back to the community. During the same period last year, the program reunited 1070 people with just over $725,000

New Energy Efficiency Financing Program at Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Helps Rhode Island Communities...

One year after Governor Gina M. Raimondo and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner worked with General Assembly leaders to establish new green finance programs at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), the agency is providing $17.2 million in financing to six communities, with a robust pipeline of future demand. The initial round of funding will support a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Pawtucket, Providence, Cranston, West Warwick, Westerly and Newport.

MERS Mortgage Assignment Valid

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced the Rhode Island Superior Court granted summary judgment in MERS’ favor. In pdf Mendoza v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Sys., Inc. (177 KB) , the plaintiffs attacked the validity of a MERS assignment by claiming that MERS was not authorized to execute the assignment of a mortgage.

DEM announces new round of Brownfields grant funding

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced $1.25 million is available in matching grant funds to support the cleanup of contaminated properties, known as "brownfields," and create jobs in Rhode Island. A Request for Proposals opens today – with a deadline of October 7, 2016

PR 16-29 Brien v. Woonsocket Housing Authority – No Violation

The Complainant sought copies of all reports prepared by a search consultant who was hired to evaluate applications and resumes of candidates for the position of the Woonsocket Housing Authority's Executive Director. There were two responsive documents, one that lists the names of applicants and identified these individuals into different categories, and second, a scoring grid of various applicants

Rhode Island Housing Opens New HelpCenter and Hardest Hit Fund Office in Warwick

Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and mayors from Rhode Island cities and towns affected by the housing and foreclosure crisis joined Rhode Island Housing to announce the grand opening of Rhode Island Housing’s HelpCenter and Hardest Hit Fund office in Warwick and to discuss the deployment of more than $36 million in additional funding for the Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) program. These funds were allocated to Rhode Island by the U.S. Treasury earlier this year to help families avoid losing their homes, stabilize neighborhoods, and prevent the spread of foreclosures

Rhode Island Treasury Reunited 8,860 People with $11.7 Million in Unclaimed Property in FY16

The Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner reunited 8,860 people with $11.7 million in unclaimed property in the fiscal year that ended on June 30

$1.3 Million in New Funding to Fight Homelessness in Rhode Island

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced today that the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and Social Finance is receiving nearly $1.3 million in new federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration Program


Rhode Island Treasury Reunited 8,860 People with $11.7 Million in Unclaimed...

The Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner reunited 8,860 people with $11.7 million in unclaimed property in the fiscal year that ended on June 30


Langevin, Whitehouse Highlight Bill to Invest $170 Million in Fixing RI...

Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined with state, town, and labor officials by the Factory Bridge in West Warwick to call on Congress to pass the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act. The SAFE Bridges Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Whitehouse, and others last month and will be introduced in the House this week by Langevin. The bill would deliver up to $170 million to repair Rhode Island’s deficient and crumbling bridges and create construction jobs