Housing & Homelessness
in Rhode Island

Safe, affordable, and stable housing maintains the health, safety, and emotional well-being of families and children and provides a safe place for children to eat, sleep, play, and grow.

When housing costs outstrip families' incomes, families may live in low-quality and overcrowded housing, move frequently, or become homeless — all of which impact health, academic achievement, and future success.Housing & Homelessness Illustration

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Rhode Island

  • The Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at the Rhode Island Department of Health coordinates statewide efforts to eliminate lead poisoning; reduce lead exposure in children; develop and implement policies to enforce healthy housing practices; and create a safer living environment for all Rhode Islanders.
  • HousingWorksRI conducts research and analyzes data to inform public policy about housing in Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless pursues comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness in Rhode Island. Since its founding in 1988, the Coalition has represented its members and those who are homeless with regard to policy and advocacy issues on the local, the state and federal level.
  • Rhode Island Housing provides low-interest loans, grants, education, advocacy and consumer counseling to help customers rent, buy and retain their homes. Rhode Island Housing also offers special programs to ensure that these homes are safe and healthy.
  • Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development 


  • Annie E. Casey Foundation National Data Center – Housing & Homeless Indicators
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT contributes data to the national KIDS COUNT Data Center, which is managed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.The national KIDS COUNT Data Center connects you to over four million data points about the well-being of children and families in each state and across the country. You can easily access hundreds of indicators related to health, education, employment and income, child welfare, and many other topics. The Data Center is free and available to all.
  • The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. GHHI replaces stand-alone housing intervention programs with an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable green, healthy and safe homes. As a result, we are improving health, economic and social outcomes for families across the country.
  • The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. By improving policy, building capacity, and educating opinion leaders, the Alliance has become a leading voice on this issue.
  • The National Center on Family Homelessness is the nation's foremost authority on family homelessness. The National Center conducts state-of-the-art research and develops innovative solutions to end family homelessness in America and give every child a chance.
  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.


Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


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