ProJo: Advocates begin to outline recommendations for affordable housing

PROVIDENCE — A committee tasked with studying affordable housing in Providence heard testimony Wednesday night from advocates who recommended policies that could help address the housing crisis affecting the city.

“On any given night in our state, over 1,000 Rhode Islanders experience homelessness, and this number is on the rise,” said Kristina Contreras Fox, policy analyst at Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. “Increasing housing costs, stagnant wages, and a lack of affordable homes brought us to this moment of crisis.”

The Special Commission to Study Affordable Housing, which was convened about six months ago by Providence City Council President David Salvatore and Ward 1 City Councilman Seth Yurdin, will eventually submit a report with policy recommendations to the City Council, said commission chairwoman Brenda Clement, who is also the director of HousingWorks RI.

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