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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

Delegation Announces $100,000 to Help Young Ex-Offenders in Providence Find Housing, Work

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP) to help the Providence Housing Authority pave the way for young people with criminal or juvenile records to find jobs, affordable housing, and educational opportunities.

PR 15-50B MacDougall v. Department of Health and Office of Drinking Water Quality (DOH...

In MacDougall v. Department of Health and Office of Drinking Water Quality (DOH and DWQ), PR 15-50, this Department concluded that the DOH and DWQ violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's APRA request. The sole issue addressed in the supplemental finding was whether the DOH and DWQ's violation was willful and knowing, or reckless. After reviewing the DOH and DWQ's supplemental response, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to find that the violation was willful and knowing, or reckless

Senate passes bills to promote renewable energy

The Rhode Island Senate today passed a trio of bills aimed at promoting job growth in clean energy industries in the state. The bills extend and/or expand nationally recognized programs that foster renewable energy development.

President Signs Whitehouse Bill to Protect Servicemembers and Veterans from Foreclosure

Last night, President Barack Obama signed into law Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act, extending key foreclosure protection to those who serve. The legislation had passed both houses of Congress with unanimous support. Whitehouse released the following statement on the bill’s signing.

Cicilline Spearheads Effort to Assist Rhode Island Municipalities With Wastewater Infrastructure

As concerns continue to mount regarding the safety and security of America’s water infrastructure, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today led colleagues in requesting that this year’s federal funding bill direct the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize aging wastewater management systems in financially distressed municipalities when selecting projects through its general construction fund.

Tri-Union Seafoods LLC Issues Precautionary, Voluntary Recall on Select Chicken of the Sea Brand...

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) advises consumers that Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling a 2,745 cases (equal to 107,280 cans) of Chicken of the Sea brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water.

Woonsocket Police and DEA Disrupt Major Drug Trafficking Activities in “Operation Zero Tolerance”

After a ten-month criminal investigation into drug trafficking activities in and around the Veterans Memorial housing complex in Woonsocket, the Woonsocket Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the RI DEA Drug Task Force, and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced the arrest of more than 30 individuals on drug trafficking charges.

State Announces Solarize RI’s Fall 2015 Campaign Results: Homeowners and Businesses in Six Communities...

Providence, R.I., –The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, and SmartPower today announced the results of their Fall 2015 Solarize Rhode Island campaign across the communities of Barrington, Foster, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, and South Kingstown. The successful 14-week program, which ended on February 15, resulted in 250 solar contracts being signed by local residents and businesses totaling more than 1,700 kW of new clean energy capacity. "Increased adoption of clean energy solutions offers homes, businesses, and the public sector the opportunity to support local job growth, reduce energy costs and protect our environment," Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. "The continued success of this community-driven program is one of many programs and initiatives now underway to expand economic growth in our clean energy industries, while stabilizing energy prices and shrinking our collective carbon footprint." Solarize Rhode Island seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more homeowners sign contracts. Now in its third year, Solarize Rhode Island has resulted in nearly 390 residents and business owners signing contracts for small-scale solar electricity systems, while educating hundreds more about the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies. "Community-based adoption of solar energy presents tangible energy, economic, and environmental benefits for Rhode Islanders and the cities and towns in which they live," said State Energy Commissioner Marion Gold. "Solarize Rhode Island is helping local residents and businesses reduce their net energy consumption from the grid, while supporting new investment and job growth opportunities for our local clean energy economy." Along with the Towns of Barrington, Foster, and South Kingstown, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission submitted a joint application on behalf of Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth to participate in Solarize Rhode Island's Fall 2015 campaign. Community interest in solar energy was significant, with 1,300 residents registering for more information about solar for their homes. Of this number, 676 residents received in-home solar assessments from the pre-selected solar installer working with their municipality. "Once again, the success of Solarize RI is showing how we can both build a more sustainable Rhode Island while at the same time lowering energy costs for homeowners and small businesses," said Darin Early, President of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. "This represents not only a new opportunity for green business in the state, but also frees up resources that can be deployed to foster economic growth and job creation in Rhode Island." "Solar just makes sense for Rhode Island," said SmartPower President Brian F. Keane. "And Rhode Island residents and communities are leading the way with Solarize Rhode Island. We're showing our friends and neighbors – indeed New England and the nation -- that together, solar is simple and affordable." Solarize Rhode Island and its community-centric model will be expanded in the coming months. A new application round for interested municipalities is already underway, and community selections will be announced on March 15. For more information on the Solarize Rhode Island program, please contact Shauna Beland of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources at (401) 574-9111. About Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources - The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) is the lead state agency on energy policy and programs. OER's mission is to lead Rhode Island to a secure, cost-effective, and sustainable energy future. OER works closely with private and public stakeholders to increase the reliability and security of our energy supply, reduce energy costs and mitigate price volatility, and improve environmental quality. About Rhode Island Commerce Corporation - The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is the official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island. The Commerce Corporation's mission is to work with public, private and non-profit partners to create the conditions for businesses in all sectors to thrive and to improve the quality of life for our citizens by promoting the state's long-term economic health and prosperity. The corporation manages the state's Renewable Energy Fund, which provides grants and loans for renewable energy projects with the potential to make electricity in a cleaner, more sustainable manner, while stimulating job growth in the green technology and energy sectors of Rhode Island's economy. About SmartPower - SmartPower is the nation's leading non-profit social marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Named the "Best Non-profit Marketing Firm in the US," SmartPower's mission is to help Americans make smart energy choices by creating on-the-ground campaigns that engage the public and generate measurable energy actions.

Whitehouse Statement on $9.68 Million in Funding to Protect Rhode Islanders from Foreclosure

Rhode Island received $9.68 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund program to help protect homeowners from foreclosure and assist communities still recovering from the housing crisis. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who voted in favor of the legislation that authorized this funding and helpedconvince the Treasury Department to assist homeowners and communities in states like Rhode Island, released the following statement on the award:

Cicilline, Langevin Announce Nearly $9.7 Million in Hardest Hit Funds, Encourage Rhode Islanders Facing...

Building on their strong record of helping families who are facing the threat of foreclosure, U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin today announced that Rhode Island will receive almost $9.7 million in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


In an effort to keep families in their homes and minimize foreclosures, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $9.68 million in foreclosure prevention funding will be coming to Rhode Island from the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program at the U.S. Treasury Department. Reed wrote to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in January urging the additional HHF resources for Rhode Island, citing the continued need for foreclosure prevention assistance in the state.

Raimondo Urges Caution For Evening Commute

"As you prepare for the commute home, please keep in mind that our area continues to experience heavy snow and strong winds," Raimondo said. "We are also aware of power outages across the state, and are asking for patience as crews work quickly. Stay off the roads if you can to leave room for plows and allow public safety officials to do their jobs. Remember to check on your loved ones and neighbors."


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