“The pandemic has created an opportunity for our agency to engage the community and develop operations that effectively intersect public housing with public health” says Melissa Sanzaro, Providence Housing Authority Executive Director, whose passion for the health and well-being of those she serves is contagious. She continues – as she speaks of the PHA’s Phase

In this Strategic Plan, we are making a statement about who we are as PHA and laying out the path to create engaged and empowered communities of choice. The Providence Housing Authority engaged in an extensive process over the past year to develop this Strategic Plan (the Plan). The three central goals of the process

The fall and winter holidays bring fun, food, friends, and family. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic brings unique challenges this holiday season. Staying home and avoiding contact with people you don’t live with is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. We know that can be hard. Friday, the Governor will share more

“Everything is different,” says Melissa Sanzaro, Providence Housing Authority Executive Director, who has a special passion for the intersection of health and housing. She reiterates, “We are tiptoeing back as safely as we can, but things will not and cannot be the same. This pandemic has forever changed how we see our role in the

Providence Housing Brings COVID-19 Testing Home The path to that first testing site was not linear. It was fairly early in the State’s ramp up of testing and most everyone’s focus was on hospital capacity, nursing homes and congregate care facilities, and trying to survive under the stay-at-home order. Most everyone, that is, except the

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) is taking action to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We want to do everything we can to protect our residents, PHA staff, and others in our community. We are closely following the recommendations of public health agencies like the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and

Providence Housing urges ongoing and increased resident and community vigilance to protect vulnerable residents as it releases the 2nd phase of its Emergency Operations Plan with ongoing efforts to keep public housing communities safe. A Statement on 2nd Phase of Operation Plan by PHA Director Melissa Sanzaro “As we complete our seventh week of emergency

“When this crisis first began, it was immediately clear that our residents would need food and emergency supplies. Our seniors and disabled high-rise residents became our first priority as we knew that the best way to keep them safe was to help them to shelter in place.” ~ Melissa Sanzaro, Executive Director Providence Housing Authority

Providence Housing Issuing Special Operations Plan in light of COVID-19 Pandemic, Asking Tenants and Guests to Suspend High Rise Visits for Safety of Residents A Statement from Providence Housing Authority Director Melissa Sanzaro “Amid growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Providence Housing Authority (PHA) is taking the necessary precautions to maintain the health and

Non-compete clauses in employment contracts with low-wage workers impacts upward mobility and their ability to negotiate for higher wages or improved working conditions. That is why, on October 31, 2019, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimundo signed the Rhode Island Noncompetition Agreement Act (H6019/S0698) at Chad Brown’s Tavares Center. The Center is a polling place and