Monday, May 8, 2017

RIHousing, Rep. Deb Ruggiero Talk with Seniors About Housing Issues

Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown, Middletown) recently visited Jamestown and Middletown senior centers to discuss Rhode Island’s growing housing shortage, as well as RIHousing programs available for seniors.

Fields and Ruggiero explained the state’s need for approximately 35,000 more homes over the next 10 years and how Rhode Island’s senior population is expected to see significant growth over the next decade – findings that were highlighted in Rhode Island Housing’s Projecting Future Housing Needs report.

“More and more seniors are looking to downsize into homes that are smaller or more accessible and our goal is to make that transition easier,” said Fields. “Educating Rhode Island seniors is particularly important given that this age group is one of the fastest growing demographics in the state. This is part of our ongoing efforts to keep seniors informed of the programs and resources available to them as the senior population continues to grow.”

More information about the senior programs that were featured at the presentations can be found below: