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Nov. 4, 2012

Rhode Island Housing Wins 2 Awards in National Competition

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Rhode Island Housing has received the National Council of State Housing Agencies’ special achievement and communications awards.

NCSHA cited the state agency’s comprehensive approach to foreclosure prevention and its efforts to forge human and electronic links with more than 60 local and national lenders in its special achievement award. Housing finance agencies nationwide compete for NCSHA awards in 18 categories.

In the communications category, Rhode Island Housing was recognized for its Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island outreach efforts. Through newsletters, targeted automatic phone messages and coordination with members of the General Assembly, the agency has encouraged attendance of free informational meetings. As a result, homeowners at risk of losing their home due to a sudden financial hardship were the beneficiaries of effective federal foreclosure assistance.

“Our greatest reward is helping Rhode Island families find and keep safe, healthy homes they can afford and, in doing so, create strong vibrant communities,” said Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by our fellow HFAs and to be acknowledged by experts in our profession for creating some of the best housing programs in the country.”

Created by the General Assembly in 1973, Rhode Island Housing is a privately funded public-purpose corporation. The agency’s mission is to provide low-interest loans, grants, education and assistance.

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