When we talk about affordable homes, our conversations often go straight to federal funds and state financing tools — such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and bonds. We tend to overlook that a lot of opportunities to increase the supply of affordable homes come locally. Zoning and local pools of funding can target specific communities, and city governments can help stop displacement because they know their communities intimately.

“I’m really excited about an ordinance we were able to pass here in Central Falls, the Affordable Housing Act,” said Jessica Vega, President of Central Falls City Council. “We have so…


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  • Terri Wright is a housing justice organizer of the Tenant and Homeowner Association at Dare “Direct Action for Rights and Equality”
  • Jennifer Wood is the Executive Director of the R.I. Center for Justice

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended the federal moratorium on evictions of tenants for nonpayment of rent to June 30, 2021. But this is not the whole story. COVID cases are still high, and not every renter is covered by this moratorium. …

And the help is greatly needed. Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability.




Either the tenant or landlord can begin an application. Participation from both the tenant and landlord is required to complete an application and for payment to be issued.

Tenant applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Household income must meet certain income limits.
  • Qualified for unemployment benefits…

March 2021 — We take this opportunity to thank our U.S. Congressional leaders and The President for enacting a $1.9 trillion relief package. It contains nearly $50 billion in essential housing and homelessness assistance, including $27.4 billion for rental assistance and $5 billion to assist people who are homeless. Millions of low-income Americans will be pulled from the brink of losing their homes, and states and cities will be provided with extra resources to help homeless residents weather the pandemic.

The bill includes an additional $5 billion to assist people experiencing homelessness. These funds can be used to: provide rental…

Seniors face an added layer of challenges when it comes to finding housing that is affordable, safe, and fit for their needs. Any conversation about affordable housing has to take into consideration this population. This is especially urgent in Rhode Island, one of the state’s with the largest shares of its population over age 85, and where by 2040 one in four adults will be over the age of 60. Rhode Island is tied with Massachusetts for the third oldest housing stock in the nation, in addition to having insufficient housing production. …

Housing is on the ballot Tuesday 3/2 & we need your help to GET OUT THE VOTE!

Homes RI, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, and Yes on 3 are recruiting volunteers to participate in virtual Phone Banking ahead of the March Special Election!

The ballot includes Question 3, a $65 million Housing and Community Opportunity Bond. We need your help to increase awareness of the importance of voting in this Special Election for affordable homes and community revitalization for Rhode Islanders.

We have three dates available:

  • Tuesday February 16 from 5–6:30pm
  • Tuesday February 23 from 5–6:30pm
  • Thursday February 25…

Homes RI, a coalition of over 70 organizations working to ensure that everyone has a safe, healthy, and affordable home, thanks the Narragansett Town Council for revisiting the ordinance restricting the number of people living in a home. Housing is scarce. Affordable housing is extremely scarce. Households earning the state’s median renter household income of $32,361, cannot affordably rent in any Rhode Island city or town (HousingWorks RI Factbook, 2020). This is compounded by the state’s economy facing tremendous shocks as a result of COVID-19 and thousands of Rhode Islanders at risk of losing their homes.

When the supply of…

The YES ON 3 campaign has developed this great support action tool kit! Find out more about the campaign here: www.yeson3ri.org


The cost of housing is rising faster than incomes leaving workers, families, seniors, and veterans struggling to find a home or apartment they can afford, while also making ends meet. Now, with so many Rhode Islanders struggling with the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding safe, affordable housing is more important than ever. By investing in housing opportunities for all Rhode Islanders we can address a housing shortage that is holding our economy back. Vote YES…

December 2020 — This month, U.S. Congressional leaders have reached a deal on an emergency COVID-19 relief bill with $25 billion in emergency rental assistance. It also includes an extension of the CDC’s eviction moratorium through January 31, 2020. You can find our summary of what this means for Rhode Islanders here.

Safe, healthy and affordable homes are more important than ever. Home is the ultimate space — not only our place of rest, but the pandemic has turned our homes into schools, work spaces, places for entertainment and staying healthy.

On behalf of Homes RI, we would like to…

On Sunday December 27, 2020, President Trump signed bills to provide COVID relief totaling $908 billion. The Bipartisan State and Local Support and Small Business Protections Act provides $160 billion for state and local fiscal relief, and the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act provides $748 billion in other assistance. This includes:

  • A one-month extension of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • $25 billion for emergency rental assistance
  • Unemployment assistance
  • Aid for small businesses
  • Funds for vaccine distribution
  • Support for schools

This post is a merging of information from fact sheets produced by the…

Homes RI

Homes RI is a coalition of organizations working together to increase the supply of safe, healthy and affordable homes throughout Rhode Island.

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