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Report on the Progress of Affordable Housing Plan

The Rhode Island Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004 and Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act (Rhode Island General Laws 45-53) general requires that 10% of each municipalities' housing stock be "affordable". A total of 29 communities are covered by the Act; 10 are exempt due to their percentage of rental housing and/or current affordable housing inventory. "Affordable" units are required to have a subsidy (State/local), with restrictions to assure they will remain affordable for a minimum of 30 years.

The Act requires that the 29 communities that are not exempt, produce an "affordable housing plan" and file and annual progress report with the Housing Resources Commission. A summary of the latest "Report on the Status of Implementation of the Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004" (R.I.G.L. 45-53-4) follows.

Highlights and Accomplishments

With support from the Building Homes Rhode Island and the Neighborhood Opportunities Program, New Shoreham has met the 10% AH goal and Burrillville, Barrington, Hopkinton, and North Smithfield are move closer to achieving the 10% AH target.

Local Affordable Housing Goal

Progress (2009 - 2010 to be updated):


  • Central Falls
  • Cranston
  • East Providence
  • Newport
  • North Providence
  • Pawtucket
  • Providence
  • Warwick
  • West Warwick
  • Woonsocket

Reached Goals

(100% of AHP 5 Year Goal)

  • New Shoreham

Excellent Progress

(60%-99% of AHP 5 Year Goal)

  • Barrington
  • Burrillville
  • Hopkinton
  • North Smithfield

Good Progress

(30%-59% of AHP 5 Year Goal)

  • Bristol
  • Exeter
  • North Kingstown
  • South Kingstown
  • Tiverton

Adequate Progress:

(10%-29% of AHP 5 Year Goal)

  • Charlestown
  • Coventry
  • Cumberland
  • Johnston
  • Lincoln
  • Little Compton
  • Middletown
  • Narragansett
  • Portsmouth
  • Smithfield
  • Westerly

No Significant Progress:

(1%-9% of AHP 5 Year Goal)

  • East Greenwich
  • Glocester
  • Warren

No Progress:

(0% of AHP 5 Year Goal)

  • Foster
  • Jamestown
  • Richmond
  • Scituate
  • West Greenwich