This mill town along the Blackstone River in Rhode Island was hit hard by the economic changes that pushed much of its manufacturing base overseas or out of business. Many of the current residents can still remember when Constitution Hill was full of abandoned buildings and empty lots. Back then nobody had much hope for the future of this neighborhood.
But since 1995, LISC has invested over $30 million to help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NBRV) restore abandoned buildings and build new homes to create over 300 new units of affordable housing as well as an integrated series of developments designed to work together to met the needs of residents, provide new opportunities and improve the quality of life. New gardens and playgrounds enliven street life while a community art center and youth programs provide healthy after-school activities. Meanwhile, new commercial spaces and child care options empower families to seek out improved economic opportunities. The result is an enormous increase in the quality of life for residents that combines with a new found sense of pride to make Constitution Hill a great place to live, work and raise a family.