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Annette Bourne

Equity in Policy Data

Housing affordability affects health in many ways. High housing costs can force families to choose other basic needs, such as food and heat. It can also relegate lower-income families to substandard housing in unsafe neighborhoods with fewer resources for health. more

Purpose

To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Ratio: Number of low-moderate income housing units to number of low-moderate income households
Data Source HousingWorks RI, Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (available annually)
Strata City/Town
What this indicator means This indicator combines data from two sources to estimate the ratio of low-moderate income housing units to the number of low-moderate income households in each city and town. The number of low-moderate income housing units is reported by city and town each year by HousingWorks RI. The Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data were used to estimate the number of low-moderate income households per city and town. The CHAS data set is created by the US Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to demonstrate housing needs and problems, particularly for low-income families. This indicator was calculated as follows: # low-moderate income housing units/# low-moderate income households. This calculation creates a ratio that represents the availability of low- and moderate-income housing units relative to the estimated number of households that may be income-eligible for that housing. Ratios less than 1 indicate that there are more low-moderate income households than low-moderate income housing units in that city or town. The lower the value of the ratio, the fewer low-moderate income housing units exist in that city or town relative to the number of households that may be income-eligible

Key Findings

  • New Shoreham, Newport, and North Kingstown have the highest ratios of low- to moderate-income housing units to the number of low- to moderate-income households in that town.
  • West Greenwich, Scituate, and Little Compton have the lowest ratios of low- to moderate-income housing units to the number of low- to moderate-income households in that town.

Rhode Island Numbers

Ratio: Number of low-moderate income housing units to number of low-moderate income households