The Halo is a dynamic effort to demonstrate, in the unlikely area of Pawtucket-Central Falls RI, that with support & opportunity, individuals on the margins of society have a unique ability to improve and invigorate the communities around them
You have to see it, to believe it
BUILDING COMMUNITY, ONE UNLIKELY INDIVIDUAL AT A TIME
A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, resources, interests, and goals.
Core Collaboratives is developing multiple properties that make up The Black Block cultural district in Downtown Pawtucket. This mega site of the Halo circuit will serve as a hub of black business ownership and cultural expressions similar to the cultural celebration and offerings of a "Chinatown" or "Little Italy." See some of the exciting Black Block sites below.
THE WILLIAM GRANT STILL BUILDING
250 Main Street
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
CORE COLLABORATIVES is proud to showcase STILL ON MAIN, The William Grant Still Building.
... a mini mall in the heart of Downtown Pawtucket with 20 shops outfitted especially for entrepreneurs with new business conceprs, little capital and a thirst for a supportive business community to launch within
The Green on Main
(Indoor Park & Market)
The Victor Hugo Green Building
230 Main Street
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
... an indoor park designed to give new entrepreneurs a space to vend regularly, affordably and with flexible schedules
(the docked cruise ship)
25 Maple Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island
... future home of MPACT (the Maple Street Performing Arts Center & Theater) and Sole 2 Soul
The Block Scoop
(Ice Cream & Tea Hut)
30 High Street
Why is the black community one of the chosen focus communities of The Halo project?
Rhode Island Statistics
> Poverty rate: 22.0% Black, 10.0% white
> Homeownership rate: 33.7% Black, 65.5% white
> Unemployment rate: 9.7% Black, 4.7% white
> Median household income: $45,727 Black, $71,096 white
Rhode Island ranks better than most Northeastern states for racial inequality but still ranks in the top 25 of states for racial inequality nationwide. Some of the worst disparities are in social measures – particularly with regard to law enforcement and the justice system. Black Rhode Islanders are nearly 10 times more likely than white residents to be incarcerated in a state of federal correctional facility. Black residents make up about 30% of the state’s prison population and only 5.7% of the overall population.
Other stark disparities in the state are in economic measures. For example, the Black poverty rate of 22.0% in Rhode Island is more than double the 10.0% white poverty rate. Black workers are also more than twice as likely to be unemployed than white workers.