Housing Resources Commission

The Housing Resources Commission (HRC) was created by legislation in 1998 to be the State's planning and policy, standards and programs agency for housing issues. Established under Rhode Island General Laws (R.I.G.L. 42-128) (RI Housing Resources Act of 1998), the HRC is comprised of 28 members, representing a wide range of constituents.

"The mission of the HRC is to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to safe and affordable housing. The broad, inclusive membership of the Commission assures all stakeholders in the housing field are working together to create strong neighborhoods, improving the economic climate of our State."


  • Kyle Bennett – Chair
  • Melina Lodge – Vice Chair, Executive Director, Housing Network of Rhode Island
  • Michelle Brophy – Associate Director, Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals
  • Lisa W. Bryer - Town of Jamestown Planning Dept.
  • Maria Cimini – Director, RI Office of Healthy Aging 
  • Brenda Clement – Representative of Fair Housing
  • Gene Michael Deary – President of the RI Bankers Association
  • Kim Simmons – Interim Executive Director, RI Coalition for the Homeless
  • Elizabeth Fuerte - Advocate for Racial Minorities
  • Jennifer Hawkins, ONE Neighborhood Builders – Non-Profit Development Corporation
  • Keith Hoffman – Office of the R.I. Attorney General
  • Deborah Imondi – Pres., RI Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Jean Lamb – Representative of Community Development Corp.
  • John Marcantonio – Rhode Island Builders Association
  • Paula McFarland - Executive Director, Pawtucket Housing Authority
  • Kimberly Merolla-Brito – Director, RI Dept. of Human Services
  • Margarita Robledo Guedes – Representing Lead Poisoning Agency
  • Matthew Santacroce, – Deputy Director, RI Dept. of Business Regulation
  • Melissa Sanzaro – RI Association of Executive Directors for Housing
  • Mike Simoli– R.I. Department of Health
  • Philip Tedesco – President, RI Realtors Association
  • Carol Ventura – Chair RI Housing & Mortgage Finance Corp
  • Erik Wallin, Esq. - Executive Director of Operation Stand Down
  • Ronald Watts - Homelessness Representative
  • Jonathan Womer – Director, RI Dept. of Administration
  • Vacant – City/Town
  • Vacant – Representative of RI City or Town with a Population Below 25,000 People
  • Vacant – Community Development Intermediary

For more information about the Housing Resources Commission, including meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes, please visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State's website.

Housing Resources Commission Annual Report 2024

SHAB Report 2023