Fair House Renovation creates 10 affordable housing units

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[CREDIT: House of Hope CDC]    The renovated Fair House will provide 10 affordable housing units.
[CREDIT: House of Hope CDC] The renovated Fair House will provide 10 affordable housing units.
[CREDIT: House of Hope CDC]    The State of Fair House in 2015.
[CREDIT: House of Hope CDC] The State of Fair House in 2015.

WARWICK, RI – In 2015, Fair House, the 200-year-old historic site for 1800s-era state fairs, was feared to be lost in disrepair, but CDC House of Hope has just completed restoration of the building 69 Fair St., now the site of 10 comfortable and affordable apartments for the homeless and disabled.

The project was funded by a combination of state, federal and City of Warwick funds, enabling the Warwick-based non-profit agency to continue its work to reduce homelessness across the Rhode Island.

“This project really shines a light on the good that can be done within a community when everyone works together towards a common goal,” Avedisian said ahead of the ceremony. “The $2.5 million project will not only preserve an important part of the city’s history, but it will provide new affordable housing options for those who need it most.

Laura Jaworski, executive director of House of Hope, noted three benefits of the project: “It adds to the availability of affordable housing; it restores the presence of the house in the community; and it preserves an important part of Rhode Island’s history.

Today, visitors to the village of Pawtuxet might be surprised that the building is the centerpiece of a 12-acre fairground, where 5,000 visitors a day cheered on plowing contests and inspected fabrics produced by factories of Rhode Island who were the pioneers of America’s industrial revolution.

Now Fair House will provide 10 apartments for adults who have faced both disabilities and homelessness; they will live independently, but will have access to support services through a case manager, whose office will be in the renovated building. Fair House is House of Hope’s third project that combines low-cost housing with historic restoration. Five apartments opened in 2012 at the George Galen Wheeler House, which is next to Fair House, at 57 Fair St.; and six low-cost apartments are part of the House of Hope head office complex at the Thomas Wilbur Homestead, 3188 Post Rd., Warwick.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 22, followed by free public tours.

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