Monday, March 6, 2017

RIHousing Leads Panel Discussion on Housing at R.I. League of Cities & Towns Conference

Rhode Island Housing hosted a panel discussion of housing experts as part of the annual Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns Conference.  

Titled "Dispelling the Myths of Affordable Housing,” panel members addressed many of the commonly held misconceptions surrounding “affordable” housing. These include that affordable housing will overburden schools and lower property values; affordable housing will attract households that do not work or have to pay rent; affordable housing won't fit in with the character of a community; and that if a town receives HUD funding, the government can make overriding land use decisions.

RIHousing Executive Director Barbara Fields moderated the panel, which featured speakers Joe Garlick, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley Executive Director; Tom Kravitz, North Smithfield Town Planner; Kenan Bigby, Trinity Financial Managing Director; and Michael Milito, RIHousing Manager of Governmental Affairs and Policy.

“The panel was a great opportunity to debunk the myths surrounding affordable housing,” said Barbara Fields, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing. “We’re thrilled with the feedback we received and look forward to continuing this conversation.”

RIHousing is interested in bringing this presentation, along with an overview of Rhode Island's future housing needs, to your community. If you would like to learn more or schedule a presentation, please contact Emily Martineau at 401-450-1309 or