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Nonprofit given $1M in historic tax credits to redevelop Island Machine mill


December 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The state Division of Taxation has awarded a nonprofit development agency more than $1 million worth of historic tax credits as part of a proposed $6.2 million makeover of the onetime Island Machine Company at 15 Island Place.

Joseph Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, says the 50,000-square-foot, three-story rubblestone mill will be converted into a half-dozen “live-work spaces” for artists on the upper stories, with office space on the ground floor.

The project is the first in the city to win historic tax credits under a 2013 act of the state legislature that resurrected the program after a lengthy hiatus. The Division of Taxation awarded packages of up to $5 million worth of tax credits by lottery during an initial round of disbursements after the program was rekindled. Garlick said NeighborWorks was not among the initial 30 lottery winners, but not all of those chosen were able to meet the eligibility criteria.

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday’s Call.

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NeighborWorks America Recognizes Third Round of Green Organization Designees

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – Oct 20, 2014) – Nineteen nonprofit community development organizations were recognized today for their excellence in sustainable business and housing practices by NeighborWorks America. To date, 61 network members have earned the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation.

This is the third annual round of designations for the NeighborWorks Green Organization program, which celebrates community development nonprofits that demonstrate a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations — both the lines of business they conduct and the corporate operations that they run. Together, these green organizations demonstrate that when sustainable practices are comprehensively applied, people are healthier, homes are more affordable, employees have a better work environment, communities thrive and organizations are more prepared for the future.

“Everyone benefits from green, sustainable living — families, businesses and communities,” said Chuck Wehrwein, acting chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. “The organizations that receive this designation from NeighborWorks America show that green business practices improve people’s health and well-being.”

NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The new members that are receiving the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation are:

  • Affordable Homes of South Texas (McAllen, TX)
  • AHC (Arlington, VA)
  • Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. (Ventura, CA)
  • Champlain Housing Trust (Burlington, VT)
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. (Dorchester, MA)
  • Community Concepts (Lewiston, ME)
  • Community Housing Initiatives (Spencer, IA)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (New Haven, CT)
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Wisconsin (Richland Center, WI)
  • NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (Woodsocket, RI)
  • NeighborWorks Great Falls (Great Falls, MT)
  • NeighborWorks Orange County (Orange, CA)
  • New Directions Housing Corp. (Louisville, KY)
  • Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (Traverse City, MI)
  • Self-Help Enterprises (Visalia, CA)
  • St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society (Camden, NJ)
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Neighborhood Developers (Chelsea, MA)

The 61 NeighborWorks Green Organizations together own more than 50,000 affordable apartments and have built or rehabilitated more than 7,100 green rental and for-sale homes in the past two years. Through the organizations’ participation in this program, 4,200 employees are experiencing a healthier, greener working environment. Last year, they educated more than 9,500 households seeking to purchase or owning a home on the core elements of healthy and sustainable homes.

For more information about the green designation, visit NeighborWorks.org/Green.
For more information about NeighborWorks America, visit neighborworks.org.

About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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Residents and business owners benefit from neighborhood marketing and branding initiative

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Seventeen communities from around the country have been selected for an initiative that will help them attract and retain residents, businesses and investment, announced NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit corporation that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

The 17 organizations will work intensively over the next year with expert marketing consultants and local stakeholders to develop marketing plans for their target neighborhoods. These plans will include strategies to reposition the neighborhoods’ images and brands in their regional housing markets.

“A community needs a positive story to create a sense of pride and catalyze investment,” said Ascala Sisk, director of the Stable Communities Initiative at NeighborWorks America. “Despite negative perceptions, these neighborhoods have strengths upon which they can build. Through this program, NeighborWorks America is helping communities to bolster these strengths and spread the word about those assets in a way that resonates.”

NeighborWorks America launched the Neighborhood Marketing Program in 2012 and has been working with 16 organizations through the first round of the initiative to create strong neighborhood brands and rebuild market demand. The first round participants have been implementing a range of creative strategies to promote their neighborhoods, including hosting neighborhood events and new logo launch parties, and creating neighborhood associations. Visit www.stablecommunities.org/marketing for highlights and to watch a video that demonstrates how these marketing tactics are improving internal and external perceptions.

The second round of the program is made possible with a $750,000 donation from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Additional funders include Capital One Foundation and Citi.

“At the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, we focus our support on neighborhood revitalization efforts in meaningful ways throughout the communities we serve,” said Connie Wright, assistant director with the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.  “We recognize that a key component of community revitalization is to develop an effective local neighborhood marketing plan that creates a positive connection to the community.  The Neighborhood Marketing Initiative is designed to help distressed communities achieve that goal and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is delighted to support NeighborWorks America and its network members with this vital work.”    

The second round Neighborhood Marketing Program participants and their targeted neighborhoods are:

  • Houston, TX: Avenue Community Development Corporation, Near Northside/Northside Village
  • Charlotte, NC: Charlotte-Mecklenberg Housing Partnership, Seversville
  • St. Paul, MN: Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, Payne-Phalen
  • Flint, MI: Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Grand Traverse District Neighborhood
  • Orange, NJ: Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Valley Arts District
  • Goshen, IN: La Casa, Chamberlain Neighborhood
  • Chelsea, MA: The Neighborhood Developers, Shirley Avenue
  • Barberton, OH: Neighborhood Development Services, Downtown Barberton
  • Woonsocket, RI: NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, Our Neighborhood Planning District
  • Lincoln, NE: NeighborWorks Lincoln, Clinton Neighborhood
  • Sacramento, CA: NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region, Oak Park
  • Salt Lake City, UT: NeighborWorks Salt Lake, River District North Temple
  • Roseburg, OR: NeighborWorks Umpqua, Southeast Roseburg
  • Roxbury, MA: Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, Blue Hill Avenue
  • Pocatello, ID: Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, Old Town Neighborhood
  • Baltimore, MD: St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Belair-Edison
  • Providence, RI: West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, West End

For more information about the NeighborWorks America Stable Communities Initiative, including the Neighborhood Marketing Program, visit nw.org and www.stablecommunities.org.      

About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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Residents and business owners benefit from neighborhood marketing and branding initiative