Newport This Week: Newport Second in State in Low- or Moderate-Income Housing

By Bob Rulli

A recently released housing report for Rhode Island shows that Newport is second only to Woonsocket in the percentage of residents who are classified as low- or moderate-income.

According to the report by Rhode Island Housing, a privately funded public purpose corporation created by the General Assembly in 1973, in 2016 nearly 15.5 percent of all housing units in Newport were dedicated to low- or moderate-income individuals, slightly lower than Woonsocket's 15.90 percent. In contrast, Middletown was at 5.4 percent, Jamestown at 4.39 percent and Portsmouth at 2.83 percent.

Newport City Councilwoman Kate Leonard has often spoken out on the issue of housing and the need for affordable units to be spread across the entire state. When asked about the information in the Rhode Island Housing report she said, "I question their numbers, I have been told that Newport has the highest amount of affordable housing in Rhode Island.”

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