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HousingWorks RI is the state’s premiere source for accurate, timely, and easy to understand data on housing affordability in Rhode Island. HousingWorks RI began in 2004 as a campaign to educate the public and business community about a rapidly emerging economic development problem: the lack of affordable housing options for the state’s workforce.

Today, HousingWorks RI identifies best practices, conducts research, and analyzes data to support policy recommendations, public education strategies, and communications initiatives. Through publications like the annual Housing Fact Book, Special Reports, Issue Briefs, and cutting-edge Infographics, HousingWorks RI educates stakeholders and works to build consensus around the connection between housing and economic development.

HousingWorks RI and Roger Williams University

In 2013, Roger Williams University announced its intentions to integrate HousingWorks RI as a program of the Division of University Outreach & Engagement. Roger Williams University has long valued a campus-wide commitment to the greater community. As part of Roger Williams University, HousingWorks RI acts as a bridge for the University and provides a “think and do” laboratory that faculty, students, and staff can leverage to better all of Rhode Island.

HousingWorks RI regularly takes on student interns from various disciplines within the University and acts as a resource for external partners.