Senator Jack Reed traveled to Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan to observe the security and political progress in the region. He visited U.S. servicemen and women, including several Rhode Islanders, diplomats, and foreign officials. Two fellow senators, Carl Levin of Michigan and Jon Tester of Montana, joined him. This was Reed's 15th trip to Iraq, 11th trip to Afghanistan, and first to Yemen.
Senator Jack Reed attended and gave brief remarks at the unveiling of the Johnston Senior Transvan.
Senator Reed, along with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, helped secure $190,000 for the purchase of two vans- one for Johnston and one for Pawtucket.
The TransVan will help provide seniors with transportation from their residence to the senior center.
Warwick, RI—Senator Jack Reed attended the non-profit Rhode Island Student Loan Authority’s (RISLA) College Planning Center of Rhode Island's long-awaited reopening at the Warwick Mall on November 22, 2010.
The College Planning Center was forced to close its doors in March 2010, and temporarily relocate to the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority’s main office on Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI, because of the historic floods. “It’s a welcoming relief to have our College Planning Center of Rhode Island’s office return to the Warwick Mall.
"Our staff, our students, and our families have been waiting for this day for almost eight months. We will be ready just in time to again help thousands of students and families achieve their higher education dreams,” says Charles P. Kelley, Executive Director, RISLA.
Rhode Island state dignitaries, RISLA staff members, students and families, as well as the Warwick community at-large will participate in this reopening celebration on November 22, 2010, Warwick, Mall, 2:00 P.M. Senator Jack Reed will cut the ribbon on the College Planning Center of RI’s newly remodeled Warwick Mall office.
“The Warwick Mall is where we first launched the College Planning Center of RI, and we are grateful for everyone who has helped us return to our original roots,” says David DeBlois, Director at the College Planning Center of RI. The CPCRI was established in 1998 by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority’s Board of Directors in response to the growing demand for college education and skyrocketing tuition costs. Families saw great value in a college education but affordability was just as much of an issue as it is now.
Providence, R.I.– U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman-elect David Cicilline and Rhode Island
Housing announced today the launch of Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI), a new program to prevent avoidable foreclosures by assisting homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to a documented financial hardship. In all, the U.S.
Treasury made available to Rhode Islanders $80 million to help those at risk of losing their homes.
“This is both a tremendous challenge and opportunity and I know Rhode Island Housing has worked hard to get this program up and running. I am committed to ensuring the state has the resources and assistance it needs to help families and neighborhoods and get our economy back on track. I expect Rhode Island Housing to push forward with this program and target these funds to prevent foreclosures and help Rhode Island recover from the housing crisis,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed.
During the announcement at the John Hope Settlement House, located in Providence, a community hard hit by foreclosures, its President and CEO Peter Lee publicized that the John Hope Settlement House, located at 7 Thomas P. Whitten Way, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., will host the first of a series of public meetings to inform the public about HHFRI. For a complete listing of community meetings, visit www.HHFRI.org.
“This recession hit Rhode Island earlier and harder than most states, and our foreclosure crisis continues to be the worst in New England,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon
Whitehouse. “Too many families needlessly face foreclosure due to uncooperative loan servicers and bureaucratic red tape, and I'm pleased that our efforts have resulted in this program to help many families avoid the unnecessary tragedy of losing their home.”
Additional public meetings have been scheduled for Sat., Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., at the Buttonwoods Community Center, 3027 West Shore Rd., Warwick; and on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the John F. Deering Middle School, 2 Webster Knight Dr., West Warwick.
“In Rhode Island, we were hit early and hard by the housing crisis. We currently have the fifth highest unemployment rate, and Rhode Islanders have struggled with mortgage payments due to the loss of jobs,” said U.S. Representative Langevin. “This fund will bring help and relief to our homeowners and stabilize our housing market.”
On Nov. 1, lenders and specially certified housing counselors started processing applications from Providence homeowners who have a documented financial hardship such as job loss or underemployment. By Dec. 1, applications from homeowners statewide will be accepted. For a complete listing of counselors and lenders, visit www.HHFRI.org.
There are two ways to apply for HHFRI assistance. They are either through the lender if it is a Rhode Island-based bank or credit union or via a HUD approved and HHFRI certified counselor such as the Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter.
Assistance will address Rhode Islanders’ unique situation but it generally breaks down into the following areas:
? Help to obtain a loan modification from your lender.
? Help to make mortgage payments while unemployed.
? Help to make an immediate payment to save your home, such as unpaid property taxes.
? Help to assist homeowners who are in a severe financial crisis to relocate.
“We have the responsibility to do everything in our power to help families hit hard by the recession and mortgage crisis hold onto their homes,” said Congressman-elect David Cicilline. “This program will give families on the brink of losing their homes valuable assistance when they need it the most.”
Rhode Island Housing has been designated by the Treasury to oversee the Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island. The agency will be processing, approving and administering the submissions from lenders, servicers and specially trained HHFRI certified counselors.
“The funding for Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island means we are able to bring relief to a large spectrum of Rhode Islanders who are in danger of losing their home," said Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing. “The purpose of this program is to prevent foreclosures by helping homeowners who have a documented financial hardship that has affected their ability to make a mortgage payment.”
HHFRI is intended to complement existing federal and lender programs, and will only be available to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other options and do not own any other real estate. The HHFRI program will vary but generally will be in the form of either a loan modification from lenders or assistance with mortgage payments.
For more information on the Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island, visit www.HHFRI.org.
Thomas Wilbur Homestead Ribbon Cutting
On November 8th, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin joined House of Hope CDC, Rhode Island Housing and their community partners for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Thomas Wilbur Homestead.
Originally a Baptist meeting house established in 1744, the Thomas Wilbur Homestead, which was designed to preserve the historic character of the property, now offers five families permanent homes and supportive services such as case management, benefits assistance and life skills classes. Located at 3188 Post Rd. in Warwick, the property also includes the House of Hope CDC’s administrative offices and headquarters.
A carriage house that was already on the property was rehabilitated and converted into two single-bedroom apartments. In addition, a new building was constructed on the site which consists of three two-bedroom apartments. Each of these apartments incorporates universal design, and focuses on comfort, function and accommodating disabilities. The lower level apartments have been retrofitted to include all necessary ADA adaptations.
The Wilbur Homestead was made possible through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 8-11 Program.
November 4, 2010
For every 2 pounds of coffee a guest purchased between November 1-14, Dunkin Donuts donated one pound of coffee to the troops.
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