STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives passed a law requiring the Rhode Island Housing Corporation to keep records of the number of Section 8 housing choice vouchers received and used by each municipality.
The law project (2022-H 7946), presented by Rep. Thomas E. Noret (D-Dist. 25, Coventry, West Warwick) would require the Rhode Island Housing Corporation to keep records of the number of Section 8 housing choice vouchers that are received and used by each municipality, the housing office and the agency. Rhode Island Housing would then report on its website the dollar amount received by public housing agencies for administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers program, which helps very low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities to s provide decent, safe and healthy housing. in the private market.
The bill is intended to provide an overview of housing needs across the state.
“This is a simple, common-sense step toward our goal of providing more affordable housing in the state,” Noret said. “I cannot stress enough the importance of having accurate data to make informed decisions about housing law and policy and achieve our goal of providing affordable housing for all Rhode Islanders.”
The legislation is part of a package of bills aimed at streamlining development, providing more comprehensive and timely housing information and helping municipalities meet their affordable housing goals.
The measure is now going to the Senate for consideration.