RentReliefRI

Renters and landlords experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for rent and utility assistance through RentReliefRI.  This is RIHousing‘s statewide program that helps eligible renters maintain housing stability.
 
EBCAP is working together with RIHousing to help renters and their landlords who can demonstrate a COVID-related need.  Applicants must meet income eligibility requirements to apply for funds.  The program is now accepting applications for rental and utility assistance.
 

Who We Serve

This program is for renters and their landlords only.  EBCAP Advocates will assist residents of Rhode Island’s East Bay region (East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Little Compton, Tiverton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, and Jamestown) in applying for assistance through RentReliefRI at RIHousing.
 

Key Features

RentReliefRI provides rental and utility relief payments and internet stipends. Both landlords and tenants may initiate an application for the program. Information from both the tenant and landlord is required to successfully complete an application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 2022.

The program assists with the following:

  • Payment for rent and some utilities owed back to April 1, 2020
  • Payment for up to three (3) months of upcoming rent
  • Payment for utilities including electricity, water, trash, and heat
  • $50 per month stipend for internet access
  • Payment for utilities even if individuals do not need help paying for rent
  • Obtaining a total of 15 months of assistance
  • Ensuring landlords can meet their financial obligation

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for rent relief:

  • Household income must meet certain income limits. Limits vary by location and household size. Review income limits at: https://www.rihousing.com/wp-content/uploads/RentReliefRI_80-percent-AMI.pdf
  • Individuals must have qualified for unemployment benefits or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, OR experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19

Individuals must show they are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. This may include submitting past-due rent and utility bills or eviction notices when applying.

Location(s) of the Program

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Scheduling an Appointment

Please call our office at 401-437-1000, ext. 1152 to schedule either an in-person or virtual appointment.

What You Will Need

If you are a Tenant:

  • Proof of residency (ex: bank statement, utility bill, driver’s license)
  • Proof of income (ex: wage statements, unemployment letter, 2020 tax return)
  • Signed copy of your lease agreement or documentation showing tenancy (a pattern of rent payment)
  • Documentation demonstrating your rental/utility arrearage (ex: past due utility bill, eviction notice, 5-day demand letter, communication from landlord)
  • Landlord contact information (ex: cell phone, email address)

*If you have received a notice from the court for an eviction proceeding against you, please have that documentation available.

If you are a Property Manager/Landlord:

  • W9 Form
  • EIN or SSN Verification (ex: tax filing, social security card)
  • Rent arrearage documentation (ex: ledger, past due notice)
  • Proof of property ownership (ex: mortgage statement, real estate tax bill, water bill)
  • Tenant contact information (ex: cell phone, email address)
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