In October 2019, the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development began work on Providence’s first Anti-Displacement and Comprehensive Housing Strategy in coordination with RKG Associates. The goal of the project is to develop an actionable ten-year housing plan with clear strategies and housing production goals to ensure Providence offers housing that is affordable, safe, and equitable to residents of all income, age, and ability levels to improve quality of life and stability in Providence neighborhoods.
Throughout Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, City staff and RKG Associates conducted stakeholder engagement, housing needs assessments, gap analyses, and identify barriers to producing housing in Providence. The Comprehensive Housing Strategy will identify new and existing tools the City can use to encourage housing development that meets the needs of all Providence residents. The Strategy establishes a clear plan to create and preserve dedicated affordable housing units, promote affordability by increasing the overall housing supply by lowering barriers and costs, assist renters and homeowners to maintain housing stability, help renters and homebuyers afford and sustain the cost of housing, and reduce displacement of existing residents at all income levels. The Strategy also builds upon and unifies affordable housing conversations and initiatives recently completed by partner organizations and other local groups, fills in existing gaps, and recommends updates to the City’s regulatory and permitting processes, and establish specific housing production targets for Providence.
The Department of Planning and Development hosted a virtual public information session on Thursday, January 14th at 6:00 PM to provide an overview of the draft report. You can watch a recording of the meeting below.
- January 14 Public Meeting Presentation
- Anti-Displacement and Comprehensive Housing Strategy Preliminary Recommendations Presentation in English and Spanish
- Live Recording of the August 26, 2020 Meeting
- Anti-Displacement and Comprehensive Housing Strategy Preliminary Recommendations
- Questions and Comments Submitted During the August 26, 2020 Meeting with Answers Provided Live and Follow Up Answers