***NEW PROGRAM OFFERED THROUGH RHODE ISLAND HOUSING***
Application period begins March 31, 2021
Starting on March 31, Rent Relief RI will provide assistance for renters at 80% or lower of AMI (Area Median Income) who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a family of four (4), the income limit is $69,600. For a one-person household, the income limit is $48,750. This is only available to renters; there will be a separate program for homeowners in the near future. There will be $200 million in funds available in RI and funding will be available through September 30, 2022.
Eligible expenses include:
- Rent and utility arrearages, and
- Forward facing rent and utility payments.
Payments will be made directly to landlords and/or utility companies.
In order to be eligible, the applicant must demonstrate one of the following:
- That they have qualified for unemployment assistance, or
- That they have experienced a reduction in income or increase in expenses due to COVID. Examples include less hours at work, increased medical expenses, increased utility costs due to more time at home and internet expenses due to at-home schooling.
Applicants must also demonstrate that they are at risk of housing instability or homelessness through one of the following:
- Notice of late rent,
- Past due utility bill,
- Eviction notice or demand letter.
The program will offer up to twelve (12) months of assistance – up to fifteen (15) months in exceptional cases and if funding is available.
For more information, visit the Rent Relief RI website and see the one-page sheet below:
Rent Relief RI Information Sheet