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Monday, August, 05, 2019

PHRC Releases Language Access Toolkit

As part of its chartered mission to protect the civil rights of all members of the Providence community, and ensure equitable access to city services, the Providence Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has worked diligently to build language capacity across the City of Providence. Throughout the last year, the PHRC has surveyed departments’ needs and assets, […]

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Friday, July, 12, 2019

PHRC Wraps Up First Legislative Session

In line with the Commission’s chartered functions to protect and expand constituents’ rights to fair housing, financial inclusion, credit, education and employment free from discrimination, the Providence Human Relations Commission has been proud to advocate for a number of bills heard by the Rhode Island General Assembly this year, aimed at expanding the civil, economic, […]

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Wednesday, July, 10, 2019

PHRC Hosts Pan-African Heritage Celebration with Mayor’s Office, City Council & Oasis International

On July 25th, 2019, Mayor Elorza, the Providence City Council, the Providence Human Relations Commission, and Oasis International will host a ceremony and reception honoring the rich culture, contributions, and legacy of African immigrant communities living and thriving in Providence. When: Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 5:30-7:00pm Where: Aldermens Chambers, 3rd Floor of City Hall […]

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Friday, June, 28, 2019

PHRC Commemorates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, Works to Advance LGBTQIA+ Protections

Today, June 28th, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969, an intersectional uprising of diverse queer and transgender people against state suppression. June has been celebrated as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month ever since. The Providence Human Relations Commission takes this moment to honor and celebrate the diversity, beauty and resilience of […]

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Friday, June, 28, 2019

PHRC Denounces Proposed HUD Rule Change; Encourages Public Comment

On May 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule that would cause mixed-status families, whose members are both eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status, to be denied admittance to or evicted from public housing nation-wide. Up to now, public housing authorities have […]

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Friday, June, 21, 2019

PHRC Supports Restoring Pay For Success in 6/21 House Budget Floor Vote

Safe, affordable housing is a fundamental human need, yet thousands of people across Rhode Island go without it. Removed from the budget during the Finance Committee’s hearing last Friday, today’s House of Representatives floor agenda includes an amendment to restore the Pay for Success program, which could bring 125 permanent supportive housing vouchers and leverage […]

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Wednesday, June, 19, 2019

PHRC Recognizes Juneteenth 2019

Commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is celebrated annually by afrodescendant communities around the world. The two year delay between the legal abolition of slavery in the United States, and its official enforcement in Galveston, Texas serves as a mirror to the […]

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Monday, April, 22, 2019

PHRC Highlights National Fair Housing Month; Supports S0331 To Be Heard 4/23/19 in Senate Judiciary

April is National Fair Housing Month. Housing is a basic need for all, yet safe, affordable housing remains out of reach for many. Tenants who rely on lawful non-employment income (such as rental assistance, social security or child support) face even greater challenges. A recent SouthCoast Fair Housing study found widespread discrimination against low-income families […]

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Friday, April, 12, 2019

PHRC Hosts Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

Please join Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Providence Human Relations Commission, the Center for South East Asians and ARISE and community partners in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, honoring the City’s rich legacy of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Providence and across the country. Mayor Elorza will be officially proclaiming May 2019 Asian Pacific […]

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Wednesday, April, 03, 2019

PHRC Hosts EPTF, EPI and Women’s Fund in Honor of Equal Pay Day

In honor of Equal Pay Day, members of the Providence Human Relations Commission hosted members of the Equal Pay Task Force, the Economic Progress Institute, and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island yesterday, April 2nd, 2019, to discuss pay equity State and City-wide. Equal Pay Day represents how far into the year women must work […]

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