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How to Get Rhode Island Rent Assistance With the Help of DoNotPay

Did you recently lose your job or have unexpected expenses come up? Have these problems left you struggling to pay your rent? Many people in the US are currently experiencing housing instability due to job losses and economic hardship. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many scrambling to find new jobs, while lifted eviction moratoriums have some fearing they will be evicted if they can't pay their rent on time.

If you are struggling to pay rent in Rhode Island, you are not alone. There are rent assistance programs set up throughout the state to assist individuals and families to pay their rent and find affordable housing. This DoNotPay guide can help you understand the programs and whether you may qualify, as well as offer an alternative to figuring out rent assistance in RI.

What Types of Rent Assistance Does Rhode Island Offer?

The state offers several different programs for rent assistance in RI, from rental vouchers to subsidized housing. They include:

Housing Choice Voucher ProgramAlso referred to as Section 8 Rental Assistance, this program is the Rhode Island government's rent assistance program for covering some or all of the rental costs of quality, safe, and affordable homes for eligible households.
Project-Based Voucher ProgramThis program helps low and moderate-income households with monthly rent assistance on particular program-approved housing units.
RentReliefRIThis program provides emergency rent and utility assistance to individuals experiencing housing instability if they meet the eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible for assistance, have a very low income, and are seeking a new home that falls within the housing program, the first two options may be the best choice for you. However, if your current housing instability is temporary, perhaps while you seek new employment, then the RentReliefRI program may be exactly what you need. This program provides up to 18 months of rent or utility relief while you get back on your feet.

Who Is Eligible for Rent Assistance in Rhode Island?

Renters in Rhode Island who are experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for RentReliefRI if they:

  • Make less than 80% less than the median area income, which depends on location and household size.
  • Must qualify for unemployment benefits, currently be on unemployment, or be able to prove a significant loss of income, whether directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Are currently experiencing housing instability or at risk of homelessness

How Do I Apply for Rent Assistance in Connecticut?

If you think you may be eligible for RentReliefRI rent assistance, you will need to gather a few items and documents before you can proceed with the application. These include:

  • A form of government-issued identification or passport
  • A signed Self-Attestation form
  • Proofs of residency, such as a bank statement or utility bill
  • Proof of income, such as a tax return or unemployment letter
  • A signed copy of your lease
  • Documentation showing your inability to pay rent or utilities, such as an eviction or past due notice
  • Your landlord contact information or a statement from your landlord that they do not wish to participate

After you have gathered these documents, you can begin the application process. To do so:

  1. Go to the RentReliefRI website.
  2. Download or print and complete the Self-Attestation Form.
  3. Select Apply Today to create an account.
  4. Complete and submit your application.

There is no set wait time between finishing an application and beginning to receive benefits, but once you are approved, the funds are sent directly to your landlord. If your landlord has refused to participate, the funds will be allocated to you, and you will be required to pay your overdue rent within seven days of receiving it.

Unfortunately, several things can prevent the application process from going smoothly. If you can't provide all the necessary documentation or fill something out incorrectly, it could hurt your chances of being approved. However, there's no need to worry. If you opt to use DoNotPay's Rental Assistance product, we can guarantee clear communication with your local housing authority, and we will work our hardest to make sure you get off to a good start in the application process.

DoNotPay Can Help You

If you are struggling to pay rent in Rhode Island and you need rent assistance, you do not have to navigate this process on your own. With DoNotPay's Rental Assistance product, you can be well on your way to finding the finances you need to pay your rent and get back to living comfortably.

  1. Search for Rental Assistance on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Put together a list of your income, debts, expenses, and assets. If you need help accessing information like your credit report, DoNotPay can help you get your report.

     

  3. Let DoNotPay collect your basic information and compose a letter to your local housing authority requesting rental assistance.

     

  4. Lastly, DoNotPay will send your letter to your local housing authority.

     

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