Rep. Casimiro introduces bill to include mobile homes as low and moderate income housing
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) has introduced legislation (2017-H 5850) that would allow mobile and manufactured homes which are part of mobile and manufactured home parks to be counted as low and moderate income housing within a municipality.
“The Town of North Kingstown is committed to adhering to the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, but due to zoning regulations and other obstacles, it is difficult to reach the 10 percent mandate. However, if we can include mobile and manufactured homes within the act, the town, and other municipalities within the state, would easily reach the required 10 percent of low and moderate affordable housing,” said Representative Casimiro.
The Low and Moderate Income Housing Act became law when the General Assembly determined that there was an acute shortage of affordable, accessible, safe, and sanitary housing for citizens of low and moderate income. Since passage of the law in 1991, only Central Falls, Newport, Providence, Woonsocket and New Shoreham have met the 10 percent threshold, while 14 cities and towns still have less than 5 percent affordable housing.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903