Affordable Housing For
Jamestown RI

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Affordable Housing for Jamestown RI




To fund and otherwise support public and private efforts to create sufficient affordable housing opportunities in Jamestown, Rhode Island.



A board of trustees, composed of 7 members, will include a member of the Jamestown town administration, a founding trustee, and five at large members, at least two of which will be Jamestown Residents.


THE EQUITY PROJECT: Affordable Housing for Jamestown RI is:


·        A Non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Rhode Island as of March 31, 2011 for charitable purposes


·        Assigned a unique EIN # by the IRS


·        A 501c3 non-profit corporation incorporated in the state of Rhode Island (501c3 status pending application)


·        Governed by the attached set of by-laws


·        An all volunteer organization whose trustees/members currently include: Lisa Bryer, Mary Meagher, Sue Maden, Geoff Campbell, David Long, Mary Heath, and Michelle Campbell


·        Located at:
 196 Beach Avenue 

Jamestown RI 02835

What's Inside:
Affording Perspective

"Some might call me smart or savvy, that favorite expression when people do well in real estate. But I know that I was just lucky. And that's why I am a member of the Equity Project. It's not 1979 anymore. And most people don't have an Aunt Peg or an Aunt Kitty or a Mom or a Dad who can provide them enough money to make that down payment on their first home."

Mary Meagher, Trustee

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little mean­ing anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

Eleanor Roosevelt

             Want to better understand the task at hand?

Go to the Town of Jamestown Affordable Housing Plan at

See what the Jamestown Comprehensive Community Plan has to say about Housing in Jamestown at

Learn more about affordable housing:




1969  Pemberton Place with 35 units (21 one bedroom apartments and 14 efficiency apartments) was completed with federally subsidized funds. It is managed by the Jamestown Housing Authority.


1986 Bridges, Inc.  (how many in group home?)


1989 The Jamestown Affordable Housing Committee was revived with the goal of assisting the Planning Commission with the development of the Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan, as well as assisting in the formulation of the Town’s Community Development Block Grant Program, and advising the Town Council on housing issues.


1990  Church Community Housing purchased the property of the former Bates Sanitarium (1900-1944). Thirteen of the 20 units at Bayside Terrace Apartment are are subsidized housing.


1990-1991 Church Community Housing sponsored construction of a 12-unit senior housing adjacent to the Pemberton Apartments


1996 Jamestown Village, a 20-unit apartment complex for seniors, opened.


2002  Town Council purchased two parcels of Land on Grinnell Street

“Some town leaders are hailing a state-mandated affordable housing plan for

the town as possibly the most significant action the town has taken during the past year.. If approved by the state, the plan will allow the town much flexibility to aggressively seek ways to provide affordable housing, especially as it is need by town employees who are finding it more and more difficult to afford housing on the island.”


2004 Affordable Housing Plan adopted by the Town Council


2009 “The Town Council unanimously approved a package of zoning amendments to encourage affordable housing development in Jamestown while maintaining the character of the Village.”


2010 Church Community Housing purchased property on Swinburne Street to have three home sites.

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