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Rhode Island

Overview

Like many other parts of the country, Rhode Island's growth has resulted in significant housing affordability challenges. Combatting housing affordability issues in the state will require holistic solutions that address the needs of all Rhode Island residents.

Rhode Island is home to over a million people

More than 107,700 Rhode Islanders call an apartment home, with demand on the rise.

54% of low-income renters spend more than half of their income on housing.

Between now and 2030, Rhode Island will need to build 509 new apartment homes each year to keep up with demand.

Legal Landscape

Legal Landscape

The state of Rhode Island does not have any legal framework surrounding rent control. The state neither preempts or promotes local municipalities from implementing rent control.

It is imperative that preemption be introduced and passed to protect citizens from the ramifications of rent control.

Rhode Island
ESTABLISH PREEMPTION

It is imperative that preemption be introduced and passed to protect citizens from the ramifications of rent control.

REJECT PRICE CONTROLS

Lawmakers should reject price controls and, instead, pursue alternatives such as voucher-based rental assistance to better address housing affordability.

Alternative Approaches

Many states have adopted programs and initiatives to tackle the affordability crisis. In Rhode Island, policymakers and the housing industry have made concerted efforts to address the problem. Examples include:

Intensive Housing Stabilization Program

The Intensive Housing Stabilization Program (IHSP) helps individuals and families living on the street, in shelter, or about to enter shelter to stabilize their housing situation and obtain permanent housing. The program provides rental assistance and intensive case management to help clients locate and sustain housing outside of shelter.

Resources

Useful information to help inform and guide the development of viable solutions to the housing affordability crisis.

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