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Neighborhood Nights: Housing Voucher Workshop + 1326 Westminster

  • West Broadway Middle School (cafeteria entrance at far left side of building) 29 Bainbridge Avenue Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)

October Neighborhood Nights features a presentation at 6pm by the Providence Housing Authority about ways that neighbors and landlords can increase affordable housing in our neighborhood by learning how to accept Housing Choice Vouchers. In the second hour, Community MusicWorks will share early design plans of its new headquarters building proposed for 1326 Westminster Street, a property formerly owned and remediated by WBNA.

Our new District 4 Police Commander Lt. Ernest Forlini, Jr, will also be available for his monthly “office hours” to discuss crime-related issues one on one with neighbors, starting at 7pm (sign up when you arrive).

Neighborhood Nights meetings are free and open to everyone. Food, child care and Spanish interpretation are provided, plus open gym. Meet your neighbors, learn about WBNA and neighborhood initiatives, and get involved!


A survey conducted last year as part of WBNA’s strategic planning process indicated that neighbors’ top concerns included neighborhood affordability. This workshop presented by the Providence Housing Authority offers neighbors and landlords a pathway to increasing neighborhood affordability by providing information about the city’s Section 8 Housing Voucher Program. Mayor Jorge Elorza and Councilor Rachel Miller will introduce the program.

This presentation will help neighbors become informed about options that exist for landlords on becoming an affordable housing provider, and will educate others so that all community members can become better advocates for programs that help maintain socioeconomic diversity in our neighborhood.

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At 7pm, WBNA’s Community Development Committee (CDC) welcomes Community MusicWorks (CMW) to present about its proposed development at 1326 Westminster Street, the former L & L Service Station and gateway property that WBNA sold to this veteran nonprofit in 2017.

CMW will be sharing its initial design thinking and vision for 1326 Westminster with a presentation that includes early renderings and other information for this special property at the head of the park. After the presentation, neighbors will have an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. CMW looks forward to sharing this project with community as it enters into an intense design and planning year.

For more information about 1326 Westminster Street and WBNA’s involvement in its cleanup, see our project page here.

1326 Westminster Street in early 2017, at a later stage of the EPA cleanup undertaken by WBNA.

1326 Westminster Street in early 2017, at a later stage of the EPA cleanup undertaken by WBNA.


6:00pm     Welcome – Caleb Borchers, President

6:05pm     Remarks from Mayor Elorza

6:10pm     Remarks from Councilwoman Miller

6:15pm     Housing Choice Voucher Program and benefits of participating – presented by Providence Housing Authority

6:40pm     VASH (veterans) voucher program – presented by Lisa Luedke of Providence VA Hospital

6:45pm     Neighbor discussion / Q&A

7:00pm     Community Development Presentation / “Office Hours” begin with Lt. Forlini*

7:05pm     Welcome – Rachel Robinson, WBNA CDC Chair

  • Early Project Design Share: 1326 Westminster Street | Presentation by Community MusicWorks

7:25pm     Neighbor discussion / Q&A

8:00pm    Evening concludes

* Office hours with our new District 4 Police Commander Lt. Ernest Forlini, Jr, will begin at 7pm in a classroom TBD

Many thanks to The Feast Church for donating A/V equipment and to Board Member Noel Sanchez for Spanish interpretation services.

Upcoming Neighborhood Nights 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Later Event: October 11
House Tour Preview Party