Rhode Island is facing a housing crisis.
a very brief overview
More than half of all renters across the state are housing cost burdened, meaning that they spend over 30% of their income on housing.
Being cost burdened means living with the constant fear of losing your home.
In 2016, an estimated 5,000 households were evicted, the vast majority for not meeting their rent.
That same year, at least 4,200 people were homeless for one night or more. Almost 25% of them were children.
Today, an estimated 30,000 families are waiting to receive housing vouchers, and can expect to wait for the next 7 to 10 years.
A safe, healthy home is crucial for holding a job, supporting a family, and going to school.
Housing is a right, not a privilege.
Find these stats and more in HousingWorksRI's 2017 Fact Book.