Did you hear the one about the 300 Rhode Islanders who walked into a ballroom? No?
They walked out with TONS of ideas that will help create an action plan to address housing affordability in Rhode Island. AND there’s now a $150,000 fund to help move that plan forward. No joke.
On March 14 for our Housing For All Summit, residents from all corners of the state, backgrounds, and industries came together to focus on one question:
How does the lack of affordable safe, healthy homes impact our economy and what can we do to fix it?
Through design-thinking workshops led by DownCity Design, participants engaged in activities that captured actionable responses. Groups began by mapping the issues that prevent Rhode Islanders from accessing quality housing they can afford, before moving to identifying interventions and brainstorming strategies to create new opportunities. Ideas generated ranged from working with individuals and organizations, to creating public policies that would ease barriers and help more Rhode Islanders into stable, affordable housing.
In the coming months, along with DownCity Design we’ll share a report of the ideas generated, along with an action plan to address housing affordability. We’ll keep you updated through this blog so stay tuned!