ONE Neighborhood Builders in the News

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Amherst Gardens, $10.4M project in Olneyville, begins

Providence Business News, July 25, 2016

Commerce RI board approves economic development incentives, funds streetscape projects

Providence Business News, March 29, 2016

RI nonprofits awarded $703,000 in federal community development grants

Providence Journal, March 1, 2016

Board approves financing for 4 affordable housing projects

Providence Journal, February 18, 2016



Olneyville’s ‘hidden gem’: Many hands support William D’Abate Elementary students

Providence Journal, November 7, 2015

2015 Providence Symposium: Olneyville and the Preservation of Neighborhoods

Rhode Island Public Radio, November 5, 2015

Receivership program transforming blight in Providence

Providence Journal, September 7, 2015.

Invested in neighborhood redevelopment?

Providence Business News, August 1, 2015.

Elmwood’s Knight Memorial Library: Revitalized and giving back

Providence Journal, July 22, 2015.

charles L edson awardOlney Village gets Charles L. Edson award

Providence Business News, June 18, 2015.

Pedestrian, cyclists’ safety subject of improvements to Providence’s Olneyville Square

Providence Journal, April 2, 2015.

Housing plan targets blight in Olneyville

Providence Journal, January 7, 2015.

Olneyville Housing Corp. planning $9M project

Providence Business News, January 2015.



A small slice of urban living in Olneyville 

Providence Journal, September 13, 2014.

Biggest Do-Gooders: Olneyville Housing Corporation

Providence Monthly, June 18, 2014.

Money Watchers: Zombie Foreclosures

Channel 10, April 29, 2014.

Exhibit spotlights voices of Olneyville

The Brown Daily Herald, February 28, 2014.

Xander MarroOral History Exhibit at Yellow Peril Gallery

Yellow Peril Gallery, April 2014.

Brown-hosted summit spotlights social enterprise

Providence Business News, 2014.

Cavalry of groups rebuilds community

Providence Journal, March 2, 2014.

Reviving Olneyville: Providence plan seeks overhaul of public housing

Providence Journal, March 2, 2014.



Department of Justice Awards $12 M to Improve Safety in Distressed Neighborhoods

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, September 12, 2013.

Olneyville nonprofits strengthen neighborhood through collaboration

Rhode Island Foundation, August 2013.

The Revival of Providence’s Olneyville Square

GoLocalProv, August 29, 2013.

tracTRAC leads school paint job in Olneyville

Providence Business News, August 16, 2013.

Olneyville Square, diversidad y dinamismo en una milla cuadrada

Providence En Español, July 26, 2013.

Foreclosures down, but city recovery not complete

Providence Business News, July 15, 2013.

Olney Village gives new life to neighborhood

Providence Journal, May 18, 2013.

Ribbon cutting for new homes celebrates much needed redevelopment in Olneyville

Press release from Olneyville Housing Corporation and Rhode Island Housing, May 17, 2013.



TD Charitable Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to Non-Profits Focused on Affordable Housing Initiatives

PR Newswire, December 4, 2012.

Providence a fine model of problem-oriented policing

Providence Journal, October 21, 2012.

taverasMayor Taveras Announces Initiative to Address Foreclosed, Boarded Homes

Office of Mayor Angel Taveras, August 1, 2012.

From Broken Windows to Community Policing: the Legacy of James Q. Wilson

Nonprofit Quarterly, June 12, 2012.

Project aims to reduce blight in Olneyville

Providence Journal, June 3, 2012.



HUD Secretary touts Olneyville revitalization effort

Providence Journal, November 28, 2011.

Secretary Tours Completed Neighborhood Projects in Rhode Island and Speaks of Future Possibilities

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Official Blog, November 28, 2011.

Environment goes hand in hand with economy

Providence Journal, June 7, 2011.

Riverside Park thriving in Olneyville.

WRNI, June 6, 2011.

From blight to pride, areas ‘build and believe’

Providence Journal, March 22, 2011.

Nonprofit group wins funds for Olney Village rehab project

Providence Journal, March 1, 2011.



What $1 million buys in a blighted neighborhood

CNN Money, October 21, 2010.

Rhode Island LISC: Focus on Olneyville

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, January 21, 2010.

Con gran entusiasmo celebra Festival de Otoño 2008

Siglo 21, October 30, 2008.

Reports and Publications

Olneyville Housing Corporation has also been featured in a number of professional and academic reports and publications across the nation.


The Color of Wealth in Boston

Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in partnership with Duke University and The New School, this study examines the racial dimensions of the widening wealth gap in America. The study finds that the typical white houeshold in Boston is more likely than nonwhite households to possess every kind of liquid asset.


New England Community Outlook Survey

Published July 2013 by the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The instrument is a survey of service providers’ perceptions of the economic and financial conditions of lower -income communities and individuals in New England and the organizations that serve them. The report includes a link to an interview with Jennifer Hawkins, Associate Executive Director of Olneyville Housing Corporation, about the impact of high unemployment and high housing costs in Olneyville and other low-income communities in Rhode Island and what we are doing to address it.


Veggie Boxes + Clinica Esperanza + Olneyville Housing Corporation = more RI residents having ACCESS to fresh, nutritious and affordable food

Published April 2013 by the Rhode Island Food Policy Council Access Work Group. A case study about the partnership between Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic, and Olneyville Housing Corporation to run a pilot program that provided weekly subsidized veggie boxes of fresh, local produce to patients in the Vida Sana program from September 2012 – February 2013.


Community Action Plan for a Healthier Olneyville

Published September 2011 by Olneyville Housing Corporation, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Greater Providence YMCA. As a follow up to the health assessment report, we convened a Community Action Team to review the findings, gather information about resources and opportunities, and develop strategies to create a Healthier Olneyville. This Community Action Plan outlines the specific strategies, partners involved, and timeframe for implementation.


Olneyville Street Audit Baseline Report

Published July 15, 2012 by JSI Research and Training Institute for Olneyville Housing Corporation. In the spring of 2012, two volunteers conducted environmental audits of 48 street segments in Olneyville using the Active Neighborhood Checklist tool. The report findings will serve as a baseline for comparison to future audits and will allow us to monitor the impact from the adoption of principles that support healthy communities.


Olneyville Neighborhood Health Assessment Report

Published June 2011 by Olneyville Housing Corporation and the Rhode Island Department of Health. This document reports the findings from a neighborhood health assessment conducted by Olneyville Housing Corporation, the RI Department of Health and the Greater Providence YMCA in 2010-2011. The assessment builds upon the work we did and continue to do through the Our Neighborhoods process, and expands it to look specifically at factors that influence the health of residents and opportunities for improvement. This full report draws its findings from intercept surveys and focus groups with Olneyville residents, interviews with neighborhood stakeholder organizations, and an environmental assessment using the YMCA’s Community Healthy Living Index tool.

For a one-page summary of the findings you can also download this bilingual factsheet, in English and Spanish.


News from Our Neighborhoods: Olneyville Edition

Published Spring 2011 by Olneyville Housing Corporation. This newsletter shares stories about the progress made on some of the strategies from the Olneyville Our Neighborhoods Community Contract, one year later.


Olneyville Our Neighborhoods Community Contract

Published in March 2010 by Rhode Island LISC and Olneyville Housing Corporation. This community contract is the result of a year-long comprehensive community engagement process. It provides an in depth profile of the neighborhood; a detailed description of the Our Neighborhoods planning process that engaged hundreds of residents, community organizations, and businesses; a vision for Olneyville developed through hundreds of hours of conversation in the community; and a detailed work plan with specific strategies, projects and programs through which we intend to reach this vision.


Building Our Way Out of Crime

By Bill Geller and Lisa Belsky, features a case study of the revitalization of the Riverside section of Olneyville through the partnership between Olneyville Housing Corporation, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, other community-based organizations, and the Providence Police Department.


2007 MetLife Awards: Riverside Gateway Initiatives

Published in December 2007 by Karin Anderson. This case study is part of a series published by LISC’s Community Safety Initiative as part of the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards program. Sponsored by MetLife Foun­dation since 2002, the Awards celebrate and promote exemplary community safety strategies bolstered by collaboration between police and neighborhood leaders. This paper highlights the community-police partnership in Olneyville that successfully revitalized a once-crime ridden area between Manton Avenue and Aleppo St., transforming vacant lots and derelict housing into a nine-acre park and new affordable homes. For other case studies and papers in this series, please visit


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