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Are You Eligible?

If you have experienced hardship due to COVID 19 and need assistance to pay your UTILITY BILLS, or RENT
you MAY be eligible for
RentReliefRI.

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Having Trouble Paying Your Utilities or Rent?
We're Here to Help.

RentReliefRI works to help renters get the assistance they need to avoid utility shutoff or eviction. RentReliefRI is administered by RIHousing (RIH).


Am I Eligible?

You may qualify if you can answer yes to the following questions.

  • Does your household income meet the program's limits?
  • Are you a renter household?
  • Has someone in your household (1) qualified for unemployment or (2) had a decrease in income or increase in expenses due to Covid-19?
  • Is someone in your household at risk for housing instability or homelessness?

How Much Assistance is Available?

Every household's situation is different, so the amount of assistance you may receive will be specific to your needs.

Please have all your information and documents ready to ensure faster processing of your application. An application will not begin the review process until all information has been received.

If you are requesting rental assistance, make sure the amount you request will be accepted by your landlord. If they challenge the amount, it can delay your application's processing.


How Can RentReliefRI Help Me?

Depending on your circumstances, RentReliefRI may:

  • Bring your delinquent rent or utility bill(s) current.
  • Pay up to 3 months of future rent.

How Do I Apply?

After you answer the prequalifying questions, you must complete an application for assistance and provide documentation.


What Happens Next?

If you qualify for rent assistance, RentReliefRI will request approval from your landlord/property manager. If your landlord/property manager approves, RentReliefRI will send payments directly to them to bring your rent current.

If you qualify for utility assistance, RentReliefRI will work with your utility company(ies). If your utility company(ies) approve, RentReliefRI will send payments directly to them to bring your utilities current.


What Else Do I Need to Know?

RIH works with nonprofit groups and does not charge a fee for its services. Beware of calls and other solicitations from companies offering to assist you in return for payment.


RIHousing


1-(855) 608-8756

MAILING ADDRESS:
ATTN: RentReliefRI
44 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

RentReliefRI provides assistance on a fair and equal basis regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, military status, disability or ancestry. Please visit http://www.rihousing.com for more information.

What does it mean to be "ready to upload"?


  • Your documentation meets the date and content requirements;
  • You have your documentation available as a legible:
    • High resolution scan as a Jpeg, PNG, or PDF;
    • High resolution photo as a Jpeg or PNG;
    • Downloaded PDF from the original document provider
  • You have either an email address or a cell phone number capable of receiving texts (data and messaging rates from your provider apply);

It is important to check the legibility of your photos and/or scans otherwise it can delay your application. Not sure if your documents are legible? Click Here for an Example.

Have all your documents ready?

Click Here to Apply Document Checklist

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If you do not have the ability to get digital copies of your documents - you can:
FAX:
WATER UTILITY FAX: (440) 398-8081
MAILING ADDRESS:
ATTN: RentReliefRI
44 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903.


Be sure to include your application number on your fax cover sheet

If you do not have the ability to get digital copies of your documents - you can:
FAX:

MAILING ADDRESS:
ATTN: RentReliefRI
44 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903.


Be sure to include your application number on your fax cover sheet

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We're sorry, but you do not qualify for RentReliefRI program.


Based on the answer(s) you have provided in the prequalification questionnaire, unfortunately you do not qualify for our program.

Help, I don't qualify.

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Documentation Checklist


Please make sure you have copies of all your required documents  ready for uploading or for faxing or mailing:


To apply for RentReliefRI (RentReliefRI), Applicants must submit identification documentation and documentation of RentReliefRI Eligibility Criteria. Examples of acceptable documentation are described below. Additional information, a complete list of the acceptable documentation requirements, and all forms are described and included in RentReliefRI application.

  1. Identity:
    • Government Issued Photo ID or Driver’s license
    • Any other verifiable records or information that establishes applicant identity
  2. Residency (any of the following):
    • A current lease agreement; in lieu of signed lease agreement, documentation that establishes a pattern of rent
    • A utility bill (gas, electric, telephone, cable, oil, water, sewer, satellite, heat, cell phone) with the address of current residence stated in the applicant’s name;
    • Attestation by a landlord that is verified as the owner or management agent
    • A personal check or bank statement with the applicant’s name and address of current residence;
    • A current automobile or renter’s insurance policy with the applicant’s name and address of current residence;
    • A payroll check or W-2 with the applicant’s name and address of current residence; or
    • Any other verifiable records or information that establishes applicant current residency.
  3. Income Documentation:
    • Annual income (e.g., wage statement, W-2s tax filings interest statement, unemployment compensation statement, bank statement); or
    • A copy of Form 1040 as filed with the IRS for the household.
    • Attestation from an employer or case manager with knowledge of household income
    • Evidence that applicant is currently receiving SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, National Grid low-income rate or other state assistance where income eligibility requirement is the same or lower than the income eligibility threshold for RentReliefRI
    • Unemployment Compensation Statement
    • Verification of unemployment eligibility received from RI Department of Labor and Training
    • Bank statements showing unemployment direct deposit.
    • Any verifiable supporting documentation.
  4. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability:
    • Past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, 5-day demand notice or eviction hearing notice
    • Communication from Landlord stating rental arrearages
    • Documentation proving unsafe or unhealthy living conditions

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