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Richard Godfrey, John H. Chaffee Award for Public Policy, Rhode Island Housing and Finance Corporation

Investments in affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization are generally not the first thoughts people have when they hear the words “historic preservation.” The need for affordable, high-quality housing that balances historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the existing housing stock can often be at odds but not in Providence. During the past ten years, significant numbers of historic buildings throughout the city have been restored as affordable housing -- our historic resources have become part of the answer to housing for the future. While no one person can take credit for all of these efforts, there is one person who can be singled out for having the foresight, the focus, the will power and the resources to make this happen – Richard Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation. Mr. Godfrey is being honored today with the John H. Chafee Public Policy Award for his long-term efforts in providing affordable housing while preserving the historic building stock in the city.