PAWTUCKET â€” Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâ€™s the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâ€™s monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â€” It's time for â€śPhys Edâ€ť but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.