Housing Help RI

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Last Updated: June 2020

Housing Help RI is a statewide initiative to assist Rhode Islanders who are experiencing housing insecurity. The program provides emergency housing assistance to low-income renters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness.


Household Eligibility

To qualify for assistance through Housing Help RI, households must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Reside in Rhode Island for at least one year;
  • Demonstrate a loss of income due to the COVID-19 emergency;
  • Earn at or below 80% of Area Median Income, based upon geographic area and family size, prior to the recent loss of income; and
  • Lack alternate resources to avoid housing instability and homelessness.

A household must demonstrate the financial capacity to sustain housing following the award of program funds. Only one adult individual residing in a household may apply for assistance on behalf of the household.


Eligible Uses

Households may receive a grant of up to $5,000 to use for any combination of the following eligible housing expenditures:

  • Past due rent payments;
  • Late fees on a rental account;
  • Rental assistance for the month ahead; or
  • Moving costs associated with relocation.

Payment will be made directly to third-party entities such as a landlord, property manager, or moving company.

How to Apply:

Interested residents should fill out the online screening tool below to confirm their eligibility and start the application process. 

Housing Help RI Screening Form

If program funds are exhausted, eligible applicants will be added to a wait list and notified when additional funds becomes available.

Note: Due to exceptionally high demand at this time, it may take longer than expected to process the applications.