RentReliefRI has been a lifeline for RI renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping thousands of families remain in their homes and catch up on rent and utility payments. The federally-funded RentReliefRI program will close to new applications on June 1, 2022. Launched in March of last year, the program provides financial assistance to cover rent arrears, forward facing rent, utility arrears and certain other housing expenses.
Based on the number of applicants currently under review, and those expected to apply for assistance between now and June 1, 2022, we anticipate that all remaining RentReliefRI funds allocated to financial assistance to renters will soon be depleted and therefore, we will be closing the program to new applications on June 1, 2022.
The program was designed to respond to the economic impact on renters of the COVID-19 pandemic and help bridge the gap for those financially impacted. The program’s closure highlights the fact that the rental assistance program has done what it set out to do: provide a lifeline to thousands of struggling renters across our state during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the program will soon be winding down to new applicants, we want to encourage any renters who have experienced a financial hardship and need help making their rent or utility payments but have yet to apply, to take action today and apply for assistance prior to the deadline. RentReliefRI staff and our community partners are available to offer support and resources to help renters apply for this assistance.
If you receive inquiries from members of your community, constituencies, staff or others, please refer them to RentReliefRI.com for important program updates and information.
Completed applications submitted prior to 11:59 pm on June 1, 2022, will continue to be processed and those that meet eligibility guidelines will be eligible to receive assistance after the closing date, which will be limited to past due rent and utilities, current month rent and three (3) months forward facing rent after which time there will be no further financial assistance available under the RentReliefRI program.
Thank you for your partnership in helping us ensure that Rhode Island renters had the information and resources they needed to apply for this assistance.
RentReliefRI Call Center: 1-855-608-8756
Hours of Operation: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
RentReliefRI is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0013 awarded to the State of Rhode Island by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
RIHousing, 44 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903
Tenant applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for rent relief:
This program is only for renters and their landlords.
*If you have received a notice from the court for an eviction proceeding against you, please have that documentation available.
**Even if you do not have these documents, you may still be eligible., Call 1-855-608-8756 or reach out to one of our partners for help completing the application.