Block Island Housing Board

The Block Island Housing Board was created in 2002 by the New Shoreham Town Council, with Rhode Island General Assembly enabling legislation.  The Housing Board's purpose is to create housing that will remain affordable to Block Island residents in perpetuity.  To support the Housing Board’s initiatives, a mandatory 1% tax on all rental housing was enacted by the Rhode Island General Assembly. This tax, due annually by February 15th, is separate from the State of RI rental tax.  The Tax Remittance Form may be downloaded below.

Agendas and Minutes

Visit the RI Secretary of State's webpage for meeting Agendas and Minutes and search for "Block Island Housing Board".

Membership and Contact Information

Membership and Contact Information

Fair Housing

The Town  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 homebuyer's education course in the Spring of 2017 and will add a fair housing component to the training material.

For additional information on Fair Housing, check out the FAQs and Quick Links below..