A lack of affordable housing has been a problem in Rhode Island for some time, but the root causes behind it were both magnified and worsened by the pandemic.

New data from HousingWorks RI shows rentals are not just hard to come by, but they’re also too costly for many people. In fact, only one town last year had housing that was affordable to someone making the median income for renters.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, 12 News reporters Gina Marini and Courtney Carter explore why the housing crisis has become an epidemic, how difficult it is to find an apartment in Rhode Island, and what’s being done to address the issue.

IN THIS 12 ON 12: Housing Hurdles | The (un)affordability of renting in RI | How $1.1B in ARPA funding could help | More Information & Resources | Further Viewing

Housing Hurdles

The (un)affordability of renting in RI

Extra: How $1.1 billion in ARPA funding could be used to help

Resources & More Information

HousingWorks RI: 2020 Fact Book » | 2021 Fact Book »

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Out of Reach 2021 Report » | Rhode Island Breakdown »

RentReliefRI: Apply for Assistance » | Data Dashboard »

Further Reading & Viewing

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‘There’s nothing’: Mom on the brink of homelessness struggles to find affordable housing

RI Foundation panel sees housing, mental health, training as best uses of $1.1 billion federal windfall

12 Responds: Viewers continue to voice frustrations with rent relief program

Housing market in RI putting a squeeze on renters

Advocates, state leaders discuss ways to combat RI’s ongoing housing crisis

12 Responds

Send us your housing questions and concerns here »


Reporters – Courtney Carter & Gina Marini
Photographers/Editors – Jim Hughes, Nick Blair
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini

Executive Producer – Shaun Towne
Special Thanks – Lee Dooley, Olivia Capraro, Jen Quinn, Susan Tracy-Durant, Karen Rezendes

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