We continue to follow discussions in Congress about FY15 appropriations and anticipated transitions in senior leadership at HUD. We are cautiously optimistic that the budget will safeguard key affordable housing programs but remain alert to longer-term funding challenges for programs like Project-Based Section 8 and promising emerging programs such as Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).
With the ongoing fiscal constraints at the federal and state level, we must continue to be creative and innovative in our approach to preserving and stewarding affordable housing assets in our communities.
We are also committed to ensuring that housing is a foundation to enhance the lives and opportunities for our residents. These efforts include potential partnerships in the changing health care environment as suggested in Fred Karnas' article in this issue. I know you'll find the article interesting.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.
Amy Anthony, President
POAH celebrates renovations at Grace Apartments with funding and local Rhode Island partners
POAH, Rhode Island Housing and their funding and community partners came together to celebrate the ongoing renovation and preservation of 101 affordable rental homes for seniors in downtown Providence. Grace Apartments is POAH's second acquisiton of a HUD Section 202 development.
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Housing and the Affordable Health Care Act - what you need to know
by: Fred Karnas
For those of us who believe that housing can be a platform to connect residents with the supports they need to flourish, the changing health care environment provides challenges and opportunities.
Fred Karnas is Social Investments Officer, Health and Human Services for Kresge Foundation.
POAH President Amy Anthony honored by Lawyers Clearinghouse in Boston
Gov. Michael Dukakis (third from left) was one of the speakers to deliver remarks at an event honoring Amy Anthony (center) June 5 in Boston. The Lawyers Clearinghouse provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The group honored Amy for her dedication to the preservation and development of affordable housing for more than three decades.
photo: Clearinghouse Board President Benjamin Tymann and Event Co-Chair Doreen Conlon to the left of Gov. Michael Dukakis and Amy Anthony and Event Co-Chair Joseph Flatley and Board Member Jeffrey Sacks to their right
Volunteers from Pratt & Whitney help plant community gardens at Billings Forge
Billings Forge Community Works is a nonprofit community organization that offers programming at POAH's property in Hartford, CT. POAH acquired the Billings Forge complex earlier this year and will continue to support the work of BFCW, which runs a community garden and farmers' market and provides employment opportunities at a restaurant and café on the property.