Rhode Island commits $9.5 million to support people experiencing housing insecurity
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee committed $9.5 million in federal funds to support residents experiencing housing insecurity on Friday.
“All Rhode Islanders, regardless of their financial situations, deserve a shot at securing and maintaining safe housing,” said McKee.
According to HousingWorksRI, there are over 414,000 households in the state but there are under 37,500 long–term affordable homes.
The median household income in Rhode Island is about $70,000 and the median income needed to afford a single-family home is over $96,000. In other words, households making the median income would struggle to afford a house in the state.
The amount of people in the state who are chronically homeless or unsheltered has risen 105%.
McKee said the state is seeking proposals from law firms and attorneys to provide tenants whose household income is no more than 80% Area Median Income with housing-related legal services.
According to the Department of Treasury, there are several services for residents dealing with housing insecurity, including eviction prevention and eviction diversion programs, mediation between tenants and landlords, and housing counseling.
“By increasing access to housing-related legal services, we are aiming to protect individuals and families who may be at risk of losing their homes, and ensure their interests are fairly and professionally represented in our housing courts across the state,” said McKee.
Anyone interested in submitting proposals online should visit ridop.ri.gov. The deadline to submit a proposal is on Nov. 22.