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9/11/2023 Media Advisory: Housing commission to meet Thursday
STATE HOUSE – The Special Legislative Commission to Study Housing Affordability will meet Thursday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. in the House Lounge on the second floor of the State House.

Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor is on the agenda to provide an update on efforts by the state Department of Housing. No public comment will be taken at this meeting.

The meeting will be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox channel 15 and 61 for high definition, on i3Broadband on channel 15 and on channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will be live streamed at

The commission, previously known as the Special Commission to Study the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act and led by Rep. June S. Speakman (D-Dist. 68, Warren, Bristol), is studying barriers to affordable housing creation and identifying ways to help cities and towns meet their obligations under the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act to ensure that at least 10 percent of their housing stock qualifies as affordable.

Besides Chairwoman Speakman, the commission includes Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls), House Minority Leader Michael W. Chippendale (R-Dist. 40, Foster, Glocester, Coventry), Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO David N. Cicilline, ONE Neighborhood Builders President and Executive Director Jennifer Hawkins, Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director Scott Wolf, Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation Executive Director Linda Weisinger,  Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness Executive Director Caitlin Frumerie, Rita Danielle Steele of Steele Realty Consultants,  Rhode Island Builders Vice President David Caldwell, Housing Network of Rhode Island/Community Housing Land Trust of Rhode Island Executive Director Melina Lodge,  Amy Rainone of Rhode Island Housing, Robert Marshall of the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council, Glocester Town Planner Karen Scott, Providence Department of Planning Director Community Development Emily Freedman, Cranston Tax Assessor Ken Mallette, Jongsung Kim of the Bryant University Department of Economics, United Way of Rhode Island President Cortney M. Nicolato and HousingWorksRI Director Brenda Clement.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466