It was the second time in recent months that the housing secretary had failed to complete critical reports that are expected to be used to combat the state’s housing crisis and are required of him by law. The housing department’s organizational plan, due Nov. 1, 2022, was submitted more than two weeks late after Saal requested and was granted an extension, but the 22-page plan was still missing large sections.
“I accept responsibility for my department’s deadlines,” Saal told the Globe on Jan. 5. “It is a fact that the department of housing is new and short-staffed, but the members of our team are working hard to manage an unprecedented amount of contracts and better respond to the needs of Rhode Islanders.”
The reports were required under the