In the higher-priced coastal areas, more people are facing housing insecurity, turning to temporary assistance, shelter beds, motel stays, and friends’ couches to keep a roof overhead. Some fear the situation could get worse.
South Kingstown is building a seawall to protect Matunuck Beach Road from rapid erosion made worse by climate change. But just around the corner lurks a more complicated threat to this coastal community. In 30 years, South Kingstown predicts more than 300 homes will be isolated from the main roads by flooding.