Francis family wins East Providence house lottery

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Christmas came a bit early for the Francis family, winners of the one-off house lottery drawing conducted by the East Providence Planning Department’s Community Development Division at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 18.

Lucky No. 104212 was the winning ticket held by Renee Francis, who was present for the drawing with her teen-age son Kendall.

"It feels great. I can already picture myself and my family in the house," Ms. Francis said after the drawing. "I prayed I would win, so God is good."

Ms. Francis is a first-time homeowner and will be living in a single-family home for the first time as a parent and an adult.

"It means freedom, freedom from people living above me or below me," Ms. Francis added. "Kendall plays the piano. We have a baby grand. So now he can practice and play at night. He won't be disturbing anyone else living in the house."

The Francis' new abode is located at 78 Anthony St. and is valued at $130,000. The single-family home includes 1,592 square feet of living area, three bedrooms, 1-and-half baths with laundry area on second floor, eat-in kitchen, full-sized dining and living rooms, high-efficiency gas heating and windows, with fully insulated walls and ceiling and a backyard with off street parking.

Anthony Street is a connector road, running between Waterman and Taunton Avenues.

To eligible for the lottery, Ms. Francis and the other applicants had to meet the following standards including having not owned property for the last six months, having a gross household income up to 80% of median area income based on household size (example: household of 4 maximum income $60,500), having documentation of being pre-qualified for financing for a purchase price of $130,000 as well as other conditions and terms.

"This is a property that was left languishing after going into foreclosure. It wasn't being sold on the market in the condition it was, so the city stepped in to try to remedy the situation," Community Development Division director David Bachrach said.

The Planning Department used a combination of state and federal grant monies, including assistance from R.I. Housing, to rehabilitate the house. Sandra Mazo, a Mortgage Originator at Rhode Island Housing, was also in attendance Tuesday.

"The home has the latest technology. It will be less expensive to heat and to cool," Mr. Bachrach added. "It's a beautiful property newly renovated. It's a happy ending to what was a hardship."

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