More than 60 organizations endorse RI ‘Yes On 3’ housing bond campaign

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For Immediate Release: February 25, 2021
Contact: Sarah Dell, 401.871.9048, sdell@advocacysolutionsllc.com

More than 60 organizations endorse RI ‘Yes On 3’ housing bond campaign
Businesses, housing, faith, community groups urge passage of $65 million Question 3 bond referendum for more affordable homes, good paying jobs, stronger communities

PROVIDENCE, RI – As the March 2 Special Election approaches and Rhode Island voters are presented with the opportunity to pass Question 3 – the $65 million Housing and Community Bond – business leaders, housing groups, faith organizations, and community leaders are endorsing the Yes On 3 campaign.

Question 3 aims to address Rhode Island’s lack of available homes and apartments – one of the state’s greatest challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – an issue dozens of organizations across sectors agree should be prioritized.

“We’re seeing housing insecurity impacting families across every city and town, many who are experiencing this insecurity for the first time in their lives. Our 2-1-1 helpline has received more than 98,000 housing-related requests for help in 2020 alone,” said Cortney M. Nicolato, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. “One of the smartest actions we can take as a state to address our housing crisis is passing Question 3 in the special election.”

The Question 3 bond will provide funding for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable homeownership and rental units across Rhode Island, and help cities and towns revitalize blighted and foreclosed properties to improve neighborhoods.

“Investing in safe, affordable homes is critical to increasing the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders. Homes are a critical foundation for our health, our children’s success, and economic stability,” said Melina Lodge, Executive Director of the Housing Network of Rhode Island. “Building and preserving more affordable homes will move Rhode Island forward. Saying Yes On 3 means we are saying yes to supporting jobs, homes, and health for Rhode Islanders.”

By passing Question 3, the state will leverage millions of dollars in other resources while creating much needed housing, well-paying construction jobs, and stronger communities. Funding from past housing bonds in Rhode Island have created over 3,200 affordable homes and apartments in 34 communities, generated a total of $780 million in public and private investment, and created thousands of construction and related jobs.

The Yes on 3 campaign encourages Rhode Islanders to understand their voting options and vote by March 2 to help Rhode Island address its housing crisis.

60+ organizations throughout Rhode Island that have endorsed Yes On 3 include:

• Amos House
• Blue Cross and & Shield of Rhode Island
• C3 Community Solutions
• Childhood Lead Action Project
• Church Community Housing
• City of Central Falls
• City of Providence
• Community Care Alliance
• Crossroads Rhode Island
• Direct Action for Rights and Equality
• Dorcas International Institute
• Economic Progress Institute
• Foster Forward
• Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
• Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Rhode Island
• Grow Smart RI
• Helen Hudson Foundation for Homeless America
• House of Hope Community Development Corporation
• Housing Authority of Newport
• Housing Network of Rhode Island
• Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere
• HousingWorks RI
• International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 11
• Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale
• Latino Policy Institute
• Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island
• National Equity Fund, Inc.
• Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
• NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley
• Newport Health Equity Zone
• OMNI Development Corporation
• ONE Neighborhood Builders
• Pawtucket Central Falls Development
• Pawtucket Housing Authority
• POAH
• Protect Our Healthcare Coalition
• Providence Housing Authority
• Providence Preservation Society
• Providence Revolving Fund
• Providence Streets Coalition
• Public Housing Authorities of Rhode Island
• Rhode Island AFL-CIO
• Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children (RIAEYC)
• Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council
• Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
• Rhode Island State Council of Churches
• RI Builders Association
• RI Center for Justice
• RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
• RI Coalition for Children and Families
• RI Coalition for the Homeless
• RI Community Action Association
• RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty
• RIHousing
• Smith Hill Community Development Corporation
• South County Habitat for Humanity
• SWAP Inc.
• Tufts Health Plan
• United Way of Rhode Island
• Washington County Community Development Corporation
• West Broadway Neighborhood Association
• West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation
• Women’s Development Corporation
• Women’s Resource Center

Voters can participate in the special election by returning their mail ballot, voting in-person early at their local city or town hall (by March 1), or voting in-person at the polls on Election Day (March 2).

For more information on the Yes On 3 campaign, visit www.yeson3ri.org, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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