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Neighborhood Nights: The Housing Crisis

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

Our May Neighborhood Nights meeting focuses on RI’s housing crisis through the lens of housing experts, advocates, and City officials, as well as personal testimony. Guests will give an overview of housing systems and policy strategy that will inform a dynamic community conversation, with the aim of encouraging deeper understanding and engagement on what we can do as a community, city and state to address affordability issues.

We welcome Dr. Eric Hirsch, urban sociologist; Aaron Regunberg, Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Elorza; City Councilor Rachel Miller; Signs of Providence; Homes RI; and Housing Network of RI. After a brief presentation by Dr. Hirsch, neighbors will be invited to engage in discussions with our guests about housing issues, policy and legislation, and strategies to confront this mounting crisis.

Starting at 7pm, District 4 Police Commander Lt. Fernandes will be available for his open chat and “office hours” with neighbors to discuss crime-related issues and the District 4 Crime Report.

Free food, child care and Spanish interpretation provided, plus open gym. Meet your neighbors, learn about WBNA and neighborhood initiatives, and get involved!



6:00pm     Call to order, welcome, and ground rules – Caleb Borchers, President

6:05pm     Announcements – Kari Lang Executive Director

6:10pm     Introduction of Guests – David Stuebe

6:15pm     Story from Signs of Providence

6:25pm     The Housing Crisis in Rhode Island, presented by Dr. Eric Hirsch, Providence College

6:45pm*    Community Conversation + Providence Housing Strategy with Aaron Regunberg, Councilor Miller, Dr. Hirsch, Signs of Providence, Housing Network of RI, and neighbors

7:20pm     Statewide Housing Advocacy Updates with Homes RI

7:25pm     Closing – David Stuebe

7:30pm     Evening concludes

* Office hours with District 4 Police Commander Lt. Fernandes 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, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Earlier Event: April 30
Business After Hours
Later Event: May 18
Neighborhood Wide Yard Sale