Rhode Island Foundation recently released a study of Rhode Island’s housing environment by the Boston Consulting Group, entitled “Housing Supply and Homelessness in Rhode Island.”
Under the guidance of a steering committee consisting of funding partners Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Partnership for Rhode Island, and Rhode Island LISC, and with staff support from the United Way of Rhode Island, the effort engaged a wide range of stakeholders, including key providers and leaders in the homelessness and housing sectors, around housing strategy, development, finance, and organizational design across the private, public, and social service sectors. The work was done in collaboration with, and in support of, the state Department of Housing.
Going forward, the Department of Housing will engage stakeholders further around the facts and options in the study and implement next steps in a transparent and accountable manner. In addition, the study will inform, but is separate from, the strategic plan the Department is developing.