2005-12-08 / News

Rhode Island Housing seeks nominations for state awards

Jamestown banks, woman among previous winners

Rhode Island Housing is seeking nominations for its 2005 Partners-In-Housing Awards, which recognize outstanding work in the area of housing for lowand moderate-income Rhode Islanders.

The call for nominations comes as the median sales price of a single-family home in Jamestown hit $576,500 in the third quarter.

“There are many success stories associated with the struggle to provide housing. As housing costs skyrocket, it is more important than ever to recognize those who help Rhode Islanders bridge the affordability gap,” said Chris Barnett, the agency’s spokesman.

Nominations may be made in four categories: Public Servant, Municipal, Nonprofit, and Private Sector. Individuals, nonprofit groups, boards, corporations, and cities and towns are eligible for the awards. The work on which the nominations are based must have been performed in Rhode Island to benefit Rhode Islanders.

“Nominees might have been instrumental in building housing, creating housing-related programs or helping others solve housing problems,” Barnett said. “Just send us a one-page letter explaining why your nominee deserves to be honored.”

Past recipients include Jamestowner Christy Ferguson and several local banks, including BankNewport, Bank of America, and Citizens Bank.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 16. Contact Barnett at 457-1219 or cbarnett@rihousing. com. As the state’s principal housing agency, Rhode Island Housing is best known for offering low-interest loans to first-time home buyers. The agency has helped nearly 200 families to buy homes in Jamestown.

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