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Affordable housing shortage hurts town in different ways

December 29, 2010

Photo by Brett Warnke HousingWorks RI, a Providence-based non-profit, has analyzed housing data that indicates that Rhode Island is the most housing cost-burdened state in New England. Above is Clarke Pointe Condominiums, an affordable housing development in Narragansett.

NARRAGANSETT—Data is always tricky. It can be manipulated and exaggerated. But recent data it is worth looking into especially considering you are the one paying for the Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released five-year American Community Survey (ACS) whose estimates and data confirm a persistent housing affordability crisis for Rhode Islanders. HousingWorks RI, a Providence-based non-profit that analyzes housing data, has analyzed data that indicates that Rhode Island is the most housing cost-burdened state in New England.

But this is far more extensive than the easy bellyache about property taxes.

According to federal and state standards, a household should spend no more than 30 percent of its income on housing costs (including utilities) otherwise, families may not have enough income for other basic necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, medical care, and education.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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