BLOCK ISLAND HOUSING BOARD



PO Box 220 ~ Block Island, RI 02807

Tel:  (401) 466-3200

Fax:  (401) 466-3219

Email:   housingboard@new-shoreham.com

Clerk:   

Bonny Ryan


Board Members

Member Type

Term Exp.

Cynthia Pappas 

Appointed: Real Estate

2018

Rosemary Tobin

Appointed: Conservation

2018

Michael Kiley

Elected

2020

Kay McManus

Elected

2020

Patricia Murphy

Appointed: Housing Advocate

2018

Millie McGinnes

Appointed: At-Large

2018

John SpierElected

2020

        Appointed for two year terms through December; elected for 4 year term

The general purpose of the Block Island Housing Board is to provide affordable housing opportunities for year round residents of New Shoreham. This mission will be carried out by:
  • Purchasing, developing, and managing lands throughout Block Island for the purpose of providing permanent affordable, resale-restricted housing for low-income, affordable, and moderate-income buyers.
  • Providing and preserving homeownership for low and moderate income people who have been excluded from the market due to increasing costs of property.
  • Supporting efforts of non-profit organizations, municipal governments, state, town agencies, businesses and citizens in developing permanent affordable, resale-restricted owner and rental occupied housing.

The Housing Board meets on the second (2nd) Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Town Hall.  The agenda deadline is the Friday prior at 12:00pm.  Please check with the Housing Board Clerk at 466-5699 to confirm meeting schedule.

FAIR HOUSING

The Town of New Shoreham is committed to observing local and federal Fair Housing Laws. Fair housing and fair lending laws were enacted to insure equal and fair access to housing, insurance, lending and financial services. Fair lending laws require equal opportunity without regard to an applicant’s personal characteristics or the racial or ethnic demographics of the neighborhood in which a property is located. These laws protect the rights of consumers and housing providers. In addition to providing the following information and resources regarding fair housing on the Town’s website, the Town is also planning to offer a first-time homebuyers education course in the Spring of 2017 and will add a fair housing component to the training material.

FAIR HOUSING: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the Fair Housing Act?
A: The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin,religion, sex, familial status and disability in the following residential real estate related transactions.
         -   Leasing an apartment
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Selling a home
         -   Making available mortgage loans
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Providing information on mortgage loans
        
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The terms and conditions of a mortgage loan (for example: offering a different
              interest rate, points or fees that vary as to personal characteristics)
         -  
Appraising real estate.

Q: What housing is covered?
A: The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. The exemptions not covered by the Fair Housing Act are:
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Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units;
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Single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker;
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Housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to
             members.

Q: What is prohibited?
A:
In the sale and rental of housing and in mortgage lending: No one may take any discriminatory actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability per the Fair Housing Act. In Rhode Island, state law also prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of military status,marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a victim of domestic abuse.

In addition, it is illegal for anyone to:
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Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing
              right or assisting others who exercise that right
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Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on
             race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This
             prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and
             owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

Q: What is housing discrimination?

A:
Housing discrimination comes in many forms and is often subtle. Some signs of possible discrimination include:
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A refusal to sell, rent, or show available housing
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Requiring different terms and conditions for identical dwellings, i.e. charging
             higher rent, security deposit for different tenants
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Being told that the dwelling isn’t right for you or your family
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Being told that housing isn’t available in an apartment with a “For Rent” sign
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Housing advertisements that say “no kids” or “adults only”
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A refusal to make a reasonable accommodation or allow a modification to make
             the dwelling accessible for a person with a disability
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Harassment or intimidation
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Offering nonstandard and unfavorable terms in the purchase of a home or
             property insurance
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Terms of availability that change between a phone contact and an inperson visit
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Being steered to racially segregated neighborhoods during your home search
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Excessive or inappropriate questioning upon requesting information about a
             dwelling

Q: What should I do if I have questions or think my rights have been violated?
A: If you think your rights have been violated, you may contact:
The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights at (401)222-2661 or visiting the
website or the HUD Regional Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office (Boston)at (617) 994-8300 or visit HUD online.

Additional Resources
For further information on eliminating housing discrimination and promoting open communities throughout the region, please visit the following websites:

National Fair Housing Alliance

HUD Fair Housing Booklet

Fair Housing Design Manual

Fair Housing Rhode Island

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) publication, 39 Steps Toward Fair Housing http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/39steps.pdf

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Legislation

By-Laws

Annual Meeting Schedule 2016

Housing Tax Remittance Form 2015

Annual Report 2014-2015

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