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More affordable housing on the way in Coventry

July 7, 2011

Work has begun on the new 44-unit affordable housing complex that is being developed by Coventry Housing Associates Corporation in Coventry. The main building that will house a Community Hall and laundry facilities for the whole complex is almost complete.

ANGELENA CHAPMAN
achapman@ricentral.com

Forty-four more units of affordable housing are underway in Coventry.
Construction started in January on the new units that will be behind Dollar Tree and Hyde Music on Tiogue Avenue.
Entrance to Coventry Meadows will be on Edith Street, off of Arnold Road.
Edith Street will be continued and loop around right inside the new Coventry Meadows complex.
It will be a six-building complex and the first building is now nearing completion.
The affordable housing units are being built by Coventry Housing Associates Corporation, more commonly known as the Coventry Housing Authority.
Coventry Housing was started in 1963 “to provide housing opportunities to low-income households for the citizens of the Town of Coventry,” according to their website.
The money for this new project was awarded at the end of 2010.
Coventry Housing’s executive director, Julie A. Leddy, said when they applied for the funding the fact that they were “ready to go” was in their favor.
Work started the Monday after New Year’s Day, she said.
The main utilities for all of the buildings will be tied into the first building. That building will hold a Community Hall and laundry facilities for the whole complex.
It will be completed first and then they will go building-by-building to complete the other housing units.
The foundations of the other five buildings have already been laid.
Inside the main building that houses the Community Hall, there will also be four housing units.
When it is completed they will begin filling those units.
As they complete each of the other buildings, which will house eight units each, they too will be filled with tenants.
All the site work should be done, Leddy said, allowing them to “work our way out.”
They’ll start with the buildings closest to the main building, she said.
By September, they hope to have the first units ready.
The units will have one, two or three bedrooms.
Leddy explained how each unit will have its own entrance and there will be no hallways to walk through.
It will be built right into the grade, she said, that the units, though two-levels, can be accessed at ground level on each side.
Residents will drive right up to their own unit, she said.
There will also be a separate patio outside of each one, she said.
Coventry Housing has other units for the elderly or disabled and these units, though the same individuals could apply for them, are more suited for family housing, Leddy said.
Coventry Meadows will have a totally separate waiting list than The Crossroads, Coventry Housing’s other family-style affordable housing complex.
The Crossroads is located on Lacolle Lane in Coventry and has been at full occupancy since it opened. It is a 32-unit facility opened by Coventry Housing in 2003.

Leddy expects many of those on The Crossroads waiting list to apply to live in Coventry Meadows.
According to Leddy, only 5.3 percent of the 12,861 year-round housing units in Coventry are affordable. These new units will increase that percentage, Leddy said.
“Those figures just are not enough to assist the families on our waiting lists looking for an affordable place to call home,” Leddy said.
Leddy said The Crossroads has 400 people on their waiting list and she thinks this new housing complex will “really put a nice dent” in that.
“They look to us,” Leddy said about the town of Coventry, in providing affordable housing.
One-hundred percent of the units in Coventry Meadows are going to be affordable, she said, versus building a complex with mixed units.
She said they held a lot of meetings with the town right up front and often sit down and discuss ideas. It is “a very cooperative relationship,” she said.
Leddy said the general contractor, Stand Corporation, has been using local business owners throughout the project, for everything from tree work to the clearing of the site.
Working with local business owners is “good for everyone in the community,” Leddy said.
Though Stand Corporation is from Warwick, Leddy said they have ties to Coventry.
The architect for the project is John Robinson of Robinson Design Inc., of Smithfield.
Financing for the project is in five layers, Leddy said, coming from Rhode Island Housing, the Low Income Tax Credit program, BuildingHome Rhode Island funds from the Housing Resource Commission, HOME funds and the Community Development Block Grant funds.
Leddy said, “We have led this community in providing affordable housing opportunities, we actively assist the Town of Coventry in meeting its goals and there is no greater accomplishment but when we turn the keys over of a new home to a family in need.”

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Do these people deserve this?

September 24, 2011 by kharris281, 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 155

So this is why our property taxes have tripled and our fire taxes have quadrupled. Do people who are getting a hand out need private entrances and their own patio, not to mention they get to live in a brand new apartment? Heck, I would be better off to quit working and get disability for mental health reason, since all my tax bills are making me mentally ill. The people who make these decisions should understand that if you give these people a nice comfortable life there is no incentive for them to improve their situation. Why should they when they have the best of everything?

About Time

September 21, 2011 by abetterRI, 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 152

Rhode Island has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Number of poor children (and percent poor) 37,731 (16.9%)
Number of children living in extreme poverty (and percent in extreme poverty) 17,904 (8.0%)

Maximum monthly TANF cash assistance for a family of three $554

and it doesn't go up much more than that for new family members, so really? I am GLAD this is coming and think these stuck up people who are complaining just need to shut up and thank their lucky stars that they aren't one of these families.

Wow must be nice "Residents

August 2, 2011 by digruntledcoven..., 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 144

Wow must be nice "Residents will drive right up to their own unit,
There will also be a separate patio outside of each one" all fixed up and brand new, sounds better than my house that I pay taxes on.. I have to say this state is getting worse by the minute. My husband gets laid off and has to pay full tuition to go back to school while "welfare" people get a free ride and just have more kids and stay on the system. And I dont care what anyone says I see it everywhere and know too many people taking advantage and not getting caught. So when you give them their keys to their new home lets just remember the people in this town and state that are leaving because they make "too much money" on unemployment to get the perks of foodstamps, little to no rent payment, and light bills paid while they sit on their rear and have kids. Maybe you should invest in housing for the returning soldiers and their families I would be more than happy to help pay for that cause they are killing themselves for our freedom..

SOME STATS FOR YOU

September 21, 2011 by abetterRI, 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 154

Now, let's look at some stats, shall we?? 226,825 children live in Rhode Island. Number of poor children (and percent poor) =37,731 (16.9%). Number of children living in extreme poverty (and percent in extreme poverty) = 17,904 (8.0%). Maximum monthly TANF cash assistance for a family of three = $554 (<-- and YOU make it sound like theyre handed everything...) Housing is generally considered affordable if monthly mortgage or rental costs total less than 30 percent of household income.

In 2008, 46.5 percent of renters and 42.2 percent of homeowners in Rhode Island paid 30 percent or more of their income on housing, according to Housing Works RI. Rhode Island Housing receives NO STATE MONEY, but it was created by the General Assembly and is bound by the state’s budgeting demands. Under the 2004 Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, 10 percent of each municipality’s housing must be affordable. But there is no penalty for cities that fail to meet the state law, Gorbea said.

Six of the 39 communities in the state had reached the 10-percent goal by 2010...10%...REALLY???? Rent prices have also not decreased in the state since the recession began...The state already had 13,000 fewer affordable housing units than it needed in 2007, before the foreclosure crisis struck. Meanwhile, shelters struggle to support the state’s homeless population, which reached 4,398 in 2010. Get over yourself.

so yeah....quit your whining

September 21, 2011 by abetterRI, 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 153

so yeah....quit your whining and be thankful you are not in this position.

 

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