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  Rhode Island has received $36 million in federal funding to help residents avoid foreclosure on their homes. The grant comes from the Hardest Hit Fund, a national program for areas most affected by the 2008 housing crash.

Barbara Fields, the director of Rhode Island Housing, says that includes cities like Providence and Central Falls and many suburban communities.

“Whether one lives in Coventry, Cumberland or Tiverton, there’s assistance,” said Fields. “And we will work with them to see what we may be able to provide them.”

Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman talks with Jay O'Grady, Director of Operations and Asset Management at ONE Neighborhood Builders, about the 2015 Providence Symposium and the efforts to preserve and revitalize the Olneyville neighborhood.

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements for Joe Caffey: Calling hours between 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday at Perry-McStay Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church in Providence.

Joseph A. ``Joe’’ Caffey, one of New England’s top minority housing advocates, and a longtime leader in Rhode Island’s African-American community, has died. He was 63.

Caffey was president of Providence-based Omni Development Corporation, which develops affordable housing, at the time of his death. He cared deeply about Providence and was active in many efforts to help those in need.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line. 

This week Dave and Mark sit down with RI Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields to talk about the departure of the agency's board chair, the ongoing HUD probe and efforts to improve access to affordable housing.

When to listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Barbara Fields, who was long prominent in Rhode Island affordable housing circles, has resigned her post as New England regional administrator for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fields, of Providence, has held the job for three years. In a letter to colleagues, she said that she will be exploring ``other avenues.’’

``It has been an incredible three years,’’ Fields wrote in her letter. ``I have had the honor of working with you and representing HUD in the six states of New England.’’