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Providence Councilors to Vote on Student Housing Ordinance

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College students in Rhode Island's capital city may soon find themselves with fewer housing options.

The Providence city council will vote Thursday night on an ordinance that would limit the number of college students who can live in an off-campus single-family home.

Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan says she introduced the legislation as a way to curb student partying in the Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods that surround Providence College and Rhode Island College.

She says residents are also concerned that single-family homes are being purchased and then rented to college students.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and several landlords say the ordinance discriminates against students.

The city council approved the ordinance Sept. 3. 

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