Providence, RI – This month, RIHousing launched its new online database search system to better connect Rhode Islanders to available affordable housing units.
During the 2022 session, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation (H-7944A/ S3051) calling for the creation of this new online database to be managed by RIHousing. The online searchable database, which went live in June, includes information on low-income rental units across the state, including contact information for developments, application information as available, and information relative to key populations a development may serve, such as residents who are elderly or disabled, or families impacted by domestic violence.
“The legislature is committed to providing the tools necessary to assist individuals and families have better access to affordable housing,” said Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi. “I’m so pleased that RIHousing has completed this database, which will enhance our collective efforts to connect Rhode Islanders with the housing opportunities they need.”
The database includes helpful information for tenants such as pictures, a map of the development when available, rent level, unit characteristics, and site amenities. The site also features an affordability calculator and list of community resources.
“Affordable housing is one of the most important issues facing our state,” said Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist.4, North Providence, Providence). “I was proud to support this effort to provide more readily available information to the public about affordable housing availability and development.”
The online database (housingsearchri.org) is an expansion of the pre-existing housingsearchri.org, a platform originally launched by RIHousing as a free resource for renters to look for housing in the state and for landlords and property owners to advertise available units. The bolstered site now includes a targeted search tool focused on connecting families to low- and moderate-income units.
“Too many families already face barriers to accessing a home that’s affordable – finding basic information on available units throughout our state and how to apply shouldn’t be one of them,” said Carol Ventura, Executive Director of RIHousing. “I want to thank Speaker Shekarchi, President Ruggerio and Representative Corvese for their leadership role on legislation that spurred the development of this technology tool to help Rhode Islanders access affordable housing.”
The database is available in English, Spanish, and additional languages. Learn more at Housingsearchri.org or call the toll-free call center for assistance at 1-877-428-8844 (open Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 8:00pm).