Thanks to the generosity of local donors, the Rhode Island Census 2020 Fund has awarded nearly $300,000 to local organizations for outreach and education that will encourage participation in the 2020 Census.
The literal translation of the word “sankofa,” from the Akan tribe in Ghana, means “go back and fetch it.” Figuratively, it captures an important belief in Akan culture: While the future brings new learning, knowledge from the past must not be forgotten.This principle guided our efforts to transform 10 formerly blighted lots into a vibrant community of 50 modern “green” apartments in Providence, Rhode Island’s diverse West End community.
If you attended community meetings in the West End in the early 1980’s, you’ll remember hearing the deep voice of Joe Cardoza- a man who would take the time to listen to what was really going on and always ask the right question, the one that no one wanted to ask but the one that would get the answers that were needed.
We hope you and those around you are safe and well. West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation has been in close contact with our partners in state and local agencies to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our staff and community safe.
To date, the COVID-19 relief fund has administered $71,534.52 in support to the 02907 community with rent, utilities, food and basic needs. Additionally, the COVID-19 relief fund has provided families with tools support remote learning.
I am pleased to announce that Candace Harper has been appointed the Executive Director position at West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC). Candace is a leading professional in community development and brings a passion to expand our footprint and break ground on new community development and revitalization projects.