New YouTube Video from the Mayor’s Youth Commission

Noah Bon, Chairperson of the North Providence Mayor’s Youth Commission and a senior at North Providence High School, gives his farewell speech during the April 11th Induction Ceremony.

CDBG / Fair Housing Information

Housing discrimination is not only illegal, it contradicts in every way the principles of freedom and opportunity we treasure as Americans. 

Fair housing and fair lending laws were enacted to insure equal and fair access to housing, insurance, lending and financial services.  Fair lending laws require equal opportunity without regard to an applicant’s personal characteristics or the racial or ethnic demographics of the neighborhood in which a property is located. These laws protect the rights of consumers and housing providers. 

Here are some brochures with further information (.pdf):

FAIR HOUSING:  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:     What is the Fair Housing Act?

A:     The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability in the following residential real estate related transactions. 

  • Leasing an apartment
  • Selling a home
  • Making available mortgage loans
  • Providing information on mortgage loans
  • The terms and conditions of a mortgage loan (for example: offering a different interest rate, points or fees that vary as to personal characteristics)
  • Appraising real estate.

Q:     What housing is covered? 

A:     The Fair Housing Act covers most housing.  The exemptions not covered by the Fair Housing Act are:

  • Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units;
  • Single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker;
  • Housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

Q:    What is prohibited?

A:     In the sale and rental of housing and in mortgage lending:  No one may take any discriminatory actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability per the Fair Housing Act.  In Rhode Island, state law also prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of military status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a victim of domestic abuse. 

In addition, it is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right
  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

Q:    What is housing discrimination?

A:     Housing discrimination comes in many forms and is often subtle. Some signs of possible discrimination include:

  • A refusal to sell, rent, or show available housing
  • Requiring different terms and conditions for identical dwellings, i.e. charging higher rent, security deposit for different tenants
  • Being told that the dwelling isn’t right for you or your family
  • Being told that housing isn’t available in an apartment with a “For Rent” sign
  • Housing advertisements that say “no kids” or “adults only”
  • A refusal to make a reasonable accommodation or allow a modification to make the dwelling accessible for a person with a disability
  • Harassment or intimidation
  • Offering non‐standard and unfavorable terms in the purchase of a home or property insurance
  • Terms of availability that change between a phone contact and an in‐person visit
  • Being steered to racially segregated neighborhoods during your home search
  • Excessive or inappropriate questioning upon requesting information about a dwelling

Q:    What should I do if I have questions or think my rights have been violated?

A:     If you think your rights have been violated, you may contact the Boston Regional Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office at (617) 994-8300.   You can contact the HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity about filing a complaint at (800) 669-9777.  For the hearing impaired, call TTY (800) 927-9275.  You can also visit HUD online by clicking here.  

The Rhode Island Human Rights Commission can also be of assistance by calling (401) 222-2661 or visiting the web site at   http://www.richr.state.ri.us/frames.html

 

Governor Gina Raimondo Visits NPHS to Acknowledge 98% Graduation Rate

Governor Gina Raimondo’s visit to North Providence High School to Acknowledge 98% graduation rate.

Watch on our Youtube Channel: 

Applicants Sought for Financial Audit Committee

North Providence Town HallThe Town of North Providence is seeking interested applicants for an opening on the Financial Audit Committee. It is the responsibility of the Financial Audit Committee to provide independent review and oversight of the Town’s financial reporting process, internal controls and external auditor(s). Also, the committee oversees the whistleblower hotline. The ideal candidate will possess a basic understanding of governmental financial reporting and accounting. If you are interested in being appointed to this committee, please forward a resume and cover letter to the committee c/o the Town Clerk @2000 Smith Street, North Providence, Rl 02911.

Pool and Fitness Center Now Offering a Masters Swimming Program

North Providence Masters SwimmingAre you a current lap swimmer looking for a little more with your workouts? Are you a former competitive swimmer who wants to get back in the pool? Do you want to improve your strokes, swim faster and more efficiently with less effort?

Then I encourage you to join our new Masters Swimming program! I am excited to be offering this program at the our location here at the North Providence Pool and Fitness Center. Registered through U.S. Masters Swimming, the workout group will range from novice lap swimmers refining their skills to veteran swimmers looking for a challenging workout. During each practice, we will focus on proper stroke technique in order to increase efficiency and endurance training to increase aerobic capacity.

Get full information here

Land Trust Advisory Board Vacancies

np-town-hallThe North Providence Town Council is seeking applicants for two positions on the North Providence Land Trust Advisory Board.

Residents interested in serving on any Town board or commission should send their resume to the Town Clerk’s Office at 2000 Smith St., North Providence, RI 02911 or via email to . Resumes will be reviewed as positions become available.

Please direct any questions to the Town Clerk’s office at 232-0900.

The Town is Planning for Natural Hazards

thunderstormThe Town of North Providence is currently engaged in the planning process to become less vulnerable to natural hazards such as snow storms, flooding, and hurricanes. The meeting minutes of the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee are located on the Town’s website for review under the Emergency Management Agency page.

Stay tuned for ways in which you can participate in this process for a more resilient North Providence. For more information, questions, or how to become involved, please contact the EMA Director Robert Howe at .

Yard Waste Program Weekly Thru December 15th

Leaf And Yard Waste ProgramAttention North Providence Residents
Spring Clean Up Program Starts April 1, 2015

Yard Waste Will Be Picked Up:

   – April 1st thru May 31st: Weekly Pick-Up
   – June 8th thru September 30th: Bi-weekly Pick-Up
   – October 1st thru December 15th: Weekly Pick-Up

Yard Waste Must Be In Biodegradable Bags Or Containers Marked Yard Waste Only

Request Town Services Online

North Providence Town HallThe Town of North Providence is providing several new contact forms to assist residents in reporting routine service requests.

Report items such as potholes, drainage issues, missing street signs and many more.

Your contact information on the forms is requested but not required, but, if entered, can be used to contact you regarding your submission, follow up or confirm that your submission was received. 

Please go to the Service Request Forms page for more information.

Zoning Maps Are Now Available Online

Town of North Providence Zoning MapsTown of North Providence Zoning Maps are now available for viewing, downloading or printing on this website.

These zoning maps, as well as tax plat maps, have been prepared by the Town’s GIS (Geographic Information System) Coordinator, Nicole Chellel. GIS makes map creation and information retrieval efficient and easy. The Town of North Providence uses GIS to create, maintain, and analyze spatial data. Though GIS has only been part of the town of North Providence since March 2014, GIS has become an important component for many projects throughout the departments.

Find Plat Maps and Zoning Maps here

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