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An open house will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 10am-2pm at Kingstown Crossings II. Located at 11 Merrill Lane in North Kingstown.
Located on our beautiful 14-acre site, Kingstown Crossings II offers 46 high quality 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments and includes valuable amenities to eligible adults and families with children.
Visit our Kingstown Crossings II page for more information about this affordable housing opportunity.
Twice a week during the summer months, the sounds of music, cheers, and teenagers dribbling basketballs can be heard across Kingstown Crossings as the sun begins to set.
These are the sounds of Bridging the Gap, an organization that runs various programs at Kingstown Crossings, in partnership with the Rhode Island Midnight Basketball League. Both organizations aim to strengthen communities and provide teenagers, typically a vulnerable population, with a positive and affordable social outlet.
Bridging the Gap began working in the community almost two years ago, when founder J. Spence-Straughn approached Jan Hall-Stinson, Director of Housing at Kingstown Crossings, with her idea for offering programs for youth in underserved communities.
“I truly thank Jan for believing in me because I came to her with a dream,” said Spence-Straughn.
Since then, the program grew from an instructional basketball camp to a team, and expanded to include other activities geared to fostering family involvement, health, mentoring, education, and expression.
Many in this community come from challenging backgrounds; playing a team sport regularly helps to foster a sense of community that can be particularly beneficial to teens with complicated family lives. Team sports also teach young athletes about perseverance, responsibility, and respect, while the games themselves give parents a chance to be involved and supportive - which is creates a strong foundation for the teens’ futures.
Consisting of two developments, Kingstown Crossings is a permanent housing complex in North Kingstown owned and operated by Crossroads Rhode Island. The complex provides housing for families, couples, and individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
Approximately 50 teens participate in the program, including 10 residents of Kingstown Crossings. The remaining 40 players are from other family housing complexes in North Kingstown.
The basketball players range in age from 13-17, while the spectators include their peers, parents, and some younger children holding their own basketballs eagerly anticipating the day that they join the program themselves.
Each game day, Pier Pizza in North Kingstown donates pizza to feed the hungry players in between games, while Allen Pires, also known as DJ Lefty, volunteers his time and talents by providing musical entertainment.
Showing their support for this initiative, the North Kingstown Police Department Union recently donated brand new basketballs to the teens, and even joined them for a game one warm July night.
With one month left in this year’s summer program, some players are looking forward to continuing their basketball career in the fall with their high school teams. Other players consider the league more of a recreational summer hobby.
"It's a lot of fun to get out here and compete with other kids I know," said one player. "There's not always a lot for kids our age to do in the summer, but this has been cool."
Whichever view the players take, their participation, and the participation of the spectators, volunteers, and donors, has strengthened the community of North Kingstown by providing entertainment and a reason to come together for good.
North Kingstown, R.I. (May 20, 2011) – U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Representative James Langevin joined Crossroads Rhode Island, Rhode Island Housing, and their community partners today to celebrate the first 24 homes completed at Kingstown Crossings I.
“Crossroads Rhode Island is proud to open these new, safe and beautiful homes to our families. The children will now live in a healthier environment and their parents will have much lower utility bills to pay each month,” said Anne Nolan, President of Crossroads Rhode Island. “Safety, respect and effectiveness are the core values for Crossroads and these homes are a perfect representation of those values. We are grateful to all our funders and partners that helped us make this a reality for our families.”
These new energy-efficient homes will replace former Navy housing located on the site. When the first phase of this project is completed, all of the 58 original apartments will be replaced with 58 new, safe and healthy homes. The families who were living in the former Navy housing are being relocated into the new homes.
“This is an exciting new development, returning surplus military land back to the community and creating impressive, energy-efficient homes for more working families. Kingstown Crossings will help breathe new life into the neighborhood,” said Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee who helped secure over $5.5 million in federal funding for the project through a variety of federal resources. “Not only are these homes affordable, but their green features will make them more cost-effective to run. I commend Crossroads and Rhode Island Housing and their partners for making these quality, affordable homes a reality and look forward to the successful completion of the next phase of this ambitious plan.”
“These new homes not only provide low income families with affordable housing, but help save the residents money on their energy bills and jumpstart the market for energy-efficient products in Rhode Island,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
Later phases will include the creation of an additional 46 homes, bringing the total number of homes in the development to 104, all of which are affordable to families earning up to $43,260 for a family of four. Office space for program staff, new daycare center, community center with a conference room and additional parking areas are also planned.
“Providing affordable housing in our state is critical to getting our economy back on track,” said U.S. Representative James Langevin. “We have a responsibility to assist those who are unjustly bearing the brunt of the recession, and who are unable to fully contribute to our economic recovery without stable housing. These buildings represent a model for addressing our housing crisis by partnering federal, state and private entities to maximize our resources and reducing costs through energy efficiency.”
Crossroads Rhode Island, the developer of Kingstown Crossings and the state’s largest provider of immediate and long-term assistance to Rhode Islanders who are homeless, teamed up with several partners to finance this development. They were able to pull together funding from several sources, which helped pay for the construction and the rental assistance. The total development cost is about $13.7 million.
“Kingstown Crossings is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when partners come together,” said Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing. “We are able to create good homes in vibrant communities when a strong nonprofit organization like Crossroads takes the lead to bring together so many government and business entities in a common public purpose.”
Rhode Island Housing contributed nearly $8.6 million for this development. Additional financing was provided by Bank Rhode Island, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Housing Resources Commission, Home Depot Foundation, Fannie Mae Foundation, Town of North Kingstown, and Enterprise. Corporation for Supportive Housing and Rhode Island Housing, which provided pre-development financing.
Crossroads Rhode Island held a press conference to unveil the 5 new housing units at the Harold Lewis House and to release the Report on Aging and Homelessness.
"They gave me a place to lay my head when I had nowhere to go". Terry, a resident of the Harold Lewis shared part of his story about how Crossroads Rhode
Island, and in particular the Harold Lewis House made a difference in
Crossroads Rhode Island also announced the release of the' "Report on Aging and Homelessness".
With the number of homeless adults over the age of 50 rapidly
increasing and as more elders are becoming homeless for the first
time, there is a need to raise awareness of this growing problem.
Located in the Knowledge Center, the "Report on Aging and Homelessness" provides recent information on elderly homelessness and the ways that Crossroads is providing solutions.
Speakers at this morning's press conference included:
After the speaking portion was finished attendees were invited to tour the new units and take copies of the "Report on Aging and Homelessness"
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