Reed Lauds Independent Effort by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director to Preserve Needed Funding Program for Affordable Rental Housing

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed, who led the effort to establish the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) and who is a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement: “I thank the Federal Housing Finance Agency for exercising its independent authority pursuant to the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act to continue funding the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund. I worked to create the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund to provide communities with the resources they need to help address a very real and dangerous shortage…
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Rep. Lancia Raises Alarm Over 911

STATE HOUSE -- Rep. Robert Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston) is calling for immediate action after allegations of severe understaffing at the state’s 911 call center. Rep. Lancia received an anonymous tip claiming that the 911 office is dangerously understaffed to handle the number of calls coming in. Staffing numbers have dropped below the previous minimum level of 8 personnel with as few as 4 operators handling calls from midnight until morning. “They’re short staffed because of all the early retirements but there’s no money in the budget to hire anyone new to replace the people who are leaving. They’ve had…
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Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards $252,000 Grant to Support Personalized Learning in Providence Schools

PROVIDENCE: The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has awarded Providence Public Schools a $252,000 grant to extend its efforts in learner-centered, personalized learning in four district high schools. The grant fund “Supporting and Developing Student-Centered Teachers and Administrators at Scale” empowers educators and administrators to play a leading role in the implementation of personalized learning within Providence Public Schools. In personalized learning environments, students are able to learn at their own pace, anytime, anywhere. Furthermore, teachers have the tools they need to support students, monitor progress and provide interventions in real time. Personalized learning gives students access to engaging, culturally reflective…
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No Bully Program to Launch in Providence

PROVIDENCE: Providence Public School District today announced the adoption of the No Bully program () in seven of its elementary and middle schools. The program, which uses the power of empathy to stop and prevent student bullying, is made possible through the generosity of Hasbro, Inc. and its BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic initiative. BE FEARLESS BE KIND () is designed to empower kids to have the compassion and courage to stand up for others, to be inclusive and to make a difference in the world. According to the non-profit organization No Bully, “Positive psychology and evolutionary biology indicate that…
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Rhode Island Mother of Two Released from ICE Detention Following ACLU Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, RI - The ACLU of Massachusetts and the ACLU of Rhode Island have announced the release of Lilian Calderon, a Rhode Island mother who was detained last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Calderon has lived in the United States since she was brought across the border at the age of three, and her sudden detention separated her from her husband and two young children. "Lilian's detention was inhumane and unlawful," said Adriana Lafaille, staff attorney at ACLU of Massachusetts. "We are pleased that she is back home with her family, and will continue to work to protect…
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Reed: Trump Broke Protections for Dreamers, Time for U.S. Senate to Fix It

WASHINGTON, DC - Five months after the Trump Administration created an economic and humanitarian crisis by terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Senate Majority Leader is finally letting the Senate move forward with an immigration debate this week. Senator Jack Reed is urging his Senate colleagues to come together and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow young immigrants who have worked, studied, and served in the Armed Forces to earn lawful permanent residence and provide them with a path to American citizenship. These young people, known as Dreamers, were brought here through no fault…
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Langevin, Brady Fight to Improve Air Travel for Passengers with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, and Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act (ACAAA) to enhance air travel protections for people with disabilities. The ACAAA builds upon the accessibility framework established over 30 years ago by the Air Carrier Access Act, which was enacted to prohibit discrimination based on disability in air travel. “Despite three decades of progress, I know firsthand the challenges of airplane travel for someone with a disability,” said Congressman Langevin. “It’s time to update the standard of air travel for people with disabilities, who continue…
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Brown, WaterFire to bring historic Rosa Parks house to Providence this spring

PROVIDENCE, —After months of planning, final preparations are underway for the former family house of civil rights pioneer and American icon Rosa Parks to arrive at Brown University. The house is making its way to Providence in a trans-Atlantic voyage from its most recent home in Germany for a three-month exhibition expected to open to the public on April 3. Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) has organized the repatriation of the house to the and is partnering with WaterFire Providence to make it accessible to the public. Since 2016, the house has been on…
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Warren, Markey Urge FEMA to Extend Benefits for Transitional Shelter Assistance Program to Puerto Rico Evacuees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting that FEMA allow Puerto Rico evacuees currently enrolled in the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program to continue living in TSA shelters until March 20, 2018, regardless of whether FEMA determines that their homes in Puerto Rico are habitable. FEMA's Transitional Shelter Assistance program provides temporary shelter to individuals whose homes are "(uninhabitable) or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster." Under the TSA program, eligible applicants can stay free of charge…
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Rhode Island Department of Public Safety and Division of Sheriffs Warn of Telephone Scam

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, along with Chief Sheriff David M. DeCesare, warns citizens to beware of a telephone scam in which individuals posing as deputy sheriffs are calling people to make arrangements to pay fictitious fines. Sheriff DeCesare said his office has received at least a dozen calls from people in several communities saying they were contacted by people claiming to be deputy sheriffs - sometimes using the names of employees of the Division of Sheriffs and other times using fictitious names. The callers ask…
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