Our Built 
Environment

The Our Built Environment initiative focuses on studying the environmental foundation of Cranston and working to make the City a healthier and safer environment for everyone to live, work, and play.

Modern Neighborhood

Why focus on
Cranston's

built environment?

15.3%

of households report

not having a

vehicle

47%

report a financial

burden due to

housing costs

What We're Working On

Colourful houses

Lead Education & Testing Workshop

We collaborated with the Childhood Lead Action Project to present two workshops about lead safety to the community. These workshops were open to residents who were either tenants or landlords/ property managers. We were also able to hand out free lead testing kits.

What We've Done

2021  |  year two

Objective 1: Increase awareness of local environmental concerns and resources

Strategies: Organize a series of three workshops about lead, water, and fishing; and create/ spread out a community resources mailer

Impact Area(s): Increasing awareness of local built environmental hazards and resources

Outcome/ Evaluation: Sixty residents participated for the lead, water, and fishing workshop series; and a community resources packet was created and then mailed to around 5,500 residential homes within Cranston

Partners: Childhood Lead Action Project, Save the Bay of RI

2020  |  year one

Year 1 was the start of our HEZ organization so we mainly focused on gathering information about the community needs, issues, and current resources. Data collection started in November 2019 and after several surveys handed out to the community - we had gathered nearly 400 responses. 

What We Found Out: Around 60% of people do not think that Cranston is prepared to handle natural disasters. 

"RIPTA is great for getting to downtown Providence but not access across Cranston. RIPTA needs to adopt a grid model instead of a hub and spoke model so people can get across the city. There should be bike lanes across the city to make biking safer. Sidewalks need to be repaired to make walking safer. Sidewalks need to be plowed in winter to make walking safer for kids going to school and adults. There should be a bike share program in Cranston." 

                                                                                                                                               - Cranston resident (2019)

What We Want To Do About It: Our residents have come up with many ideas. Implementing more recycling around the city, organize community activities in existing green spaces, neighborhood cleanups, better bike systems, and more. We are also part of an effort to bring a splash pad to the area. 

Our Proud Backbone Agency
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Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is proud to be the backbone agency for the Cranston Health Equity Zone. CCAP is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. We provide a wide spectrum of services and benefits that are designed to help those in immediate need and empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.

For a full list of CCAP programs and services, please visit here.

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Contact

Main Office

1090 Cranston Street

Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 714 - 7004

Family Support Center

70 Gansett Avenue

Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 642- 7595

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The OneCranston Health Equity Zone is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health.