Guide to Rhode Island Communities

Housing Choice Voucher Program

 

 As an RIHousing Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holder, you have the ability to choose a rental home in one of 19 Rhode Island communities in 46 zip code areas across the state. We have created this guide to provide you with an overview of living in any of those communities. With a Housing Choice Voucher, you are required to pay 30-40% of your income towards rent. RIHousing will pay the balance of the rental payment directly to your landlord.

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Bristol

 

Bristol is one of Rhode Island’s most historic towns—host of the oldest Fourth of July parade in the country. It is also home to the main campus of Roger Williams University at its southern tip. The town is a peninsula and has two main north-south routes. Route 114, also known as Hope Street, runs through the center of the quaint downtown; Route 136, also known as Metacom Avenue, is the main commercial corridor through town. Both routes connect to Warren to the north, but Route 114 then travels west to Barrington, while Route 136 veers east to into Massachusetts.

Living in Bristol:

Not unlike its neighboring towns of Barrington and Warren, Bristol is a suburban community with a shared school district with Warren. It has a more balanced housing stock of both single-family and multifamily.

TO USE YOUR VOUCHER HERE, THE TOTAL RENT CANNOT EXCEED:

Zip Code/Place Name 0 BR 1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR 5 BR 6 BR
Bristol/02809 $1,012 $1,144 $1,375 $1,705 $1,870 $2,366 $2,674

RENTAL LIMITS

TO USE YOUR VOUCHER HERE, THE TOTAL RENT CANNOT EXCEED:

 

Zip Code/Place Name
  Bristol/02809
0 BR $1,012
1 BR $1,144
2 BR $1,375
3 BR $1,705
4 BR $1,870
5 BR $2,366
6 BR $2,674

GETTING AROUND

RIPTA: 

  • Route 60 Service between Providence to Newport on Route 114 with many stops along the way.
  • Route 61X Express Service to other East Bay locations, including Tiverton, and to Providence

 

Driving times by car (average):

  • Providence (18 miles)—35 minutes
  • Warwick (27 miles)—45 minutes
  • Newport (15 miles)—30 minutes

DAILY NEEDS + COMMUNITY CENTERS

Town Hall 10 Court St.
401-253-7000

Library

525 Hope St.

Post Office

515 Hope St.

Police Department

395 Metacom Ave.

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS

Bristol Social Services and Public Welfare 101 Asylum Rd.
401-253-4831
Benjamin Church Senior Center 1020 Hope Street
401-253-8458
Bristol Health Equity Zone The Bristol HEZ is a community-wide effort funded through the Rhode Island Department of Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration to create innovative approaches that can reduce and manage chronic diseases, promote healthy lifestyles, assure healthy child development, and create environments where healthy choices are easier to make.
Eastbay Community Action – Upper Bay Region
-Wide array of services including medical/dental, educational, social services
100 Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence
401-437-1000
Quinta-Gamelin Community Center
– Fitness classes and other programming offered by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department
101 Asylum Rd.
Nearest DHS – Newport Regional Family Center 31 John Clarke Road, Middletown
1-855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347)
approx. 14 miles (30 minutes driving time)
Nearest SNAP – Newport Regional Family Center 272 Valley Road, Ste 1, Middletown
approx. 13 miles (25 minutes drive)
Bayside YMCA
– Offers variety of fitness programs and before/after school childcare, with academic support programs
70 West St., Barrington

FOOD + SHOPPING

FOOD

Stop & Shop 605 Metacom Ave.
Seabra 1150 Hope St.
Azorean Butcher Shop 529 Wood St.
East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Store 532 Wood St.

PHARMACY

CVS 400 Metacom Ave.

615 Metacom Ave.

Walgreen’s 591 Metacom Ave.

SHOPPING

Nearest Home Depot

878 W. Main Rd., Middletown

Nearest Walmart Supercenter

54 Cousineau Dr., Swansea, MA

EDUCATION

DAYCARES, PRESCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE 

For a full list of care providers, visit www.brightstars.org.

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

District report card site (Bristol is regional district with Warren)

 

RIDE Rating
Colt Andrews School
Gr K-5
570-574 Hope Street

★★★★☆

Guiteras School
Gr K-5
35 Washington Street

★★★★☆

Hugh Cole School
Gr PK-5
50 Asylum Road, Warren

★★★☆ ☆ 

Rockwell School
Gr K-5
1225 Hope Street 

★★★★★

Kickemuit Middle School
Gr 6-8
525 Child Street, Warren

★★★☆ ☆ 

Mt. Hope High School
Gr 9-12
– 86.4% 4-year graduation rate
199 Chestnut Street ★★★☆ ☆

 

 

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Gr. PK-8

BANKS

Citizens Bank 464 Hope St.
Citizens Bank
(Stop & Shop branch)
605 Metacom Ave.
Santander Bank 1146 Hope St.
BankNewport 6 Gooding Ave.
BankFive 590 Metacom Ave.

MEDICAL SERVICES

East Bay Community Action Program – John Digits Facility

2 Old County Rd., Barrington
401-246-1195

Newport Hospital 20 Powel Ave., Newport
401-846-6400

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Protestant Church 5
Catholic + Episcopal Church 7
Jewish Synagogue 1
Muslim Mosque (2)
Providence

RECREATION

Bristol Parks and Recreation Department

 

OUTDOOR SPACES

Bristol Town Beach
Union Street Beach & Park
East Bay Bike Path
Halsey Chase Herreshoff Memorial Park
Colt State Park & Bike Path
Sowams Playground Park
Many more parks! Click here for more information. 

 

 

ARTS + OTHER PROGRAMS

Camp Poppasquaw
– Town summer camp

 

The highlight of the summer recreation program is Camp Poppasquaw, a seven week day camp at Bristol’s Town Beach and Sports Complex. The camp offers a variety of activities including swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, soccer, kick-ball and more!

Bristol Art Museum

Exhibitions and community outreach programs, including classes and workshops.

Bristol Theatre Company

Non-profit amateur theatre company.

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

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