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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Charlestown

Charlestown

Charlestown is a rural, coastal town, located on Rhode Island’s oceanfront in South (Washington) County. Home to two state beaches, a state park, and a national wildlife refuge, as well as the Narragansett Indian Tribal Settlement Lands. The villages of Carolina, Kenyon, and Shannock are to the north and share the town’s border with Richmond.

Major routes are RI Route 112 (north-south), or South County Trail, merges with RI Route 2; and US Route 1 (east-west along the southern border). Although the villages and zip codes noted below are along the town’s northern border, what is considered the town’s “center” lies to the south along Route 1/1A, also known as Post Rd./Old Post Road.

Living in Charlestown:

Charlestown has a large majority of owner-occupied, single family homes. Most of its multifamily homes are located in the village areas, though rentals are also to be found among single family and manufactured homes.

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
Carolina/02812 $1,221 $1,364 $1,650 $2,057 $2,464 $2,834 $3,203
Charlestown/02813 $1,122 $1,265 $1,518 $1,892 $2,266 $2,606 $2,946
Kenyon/02836 $1,320 $1,496 $1,793 $2,233 $2,673 $3,075 $3,475
Shannock/02875 $1,243 $1,397 $1,683 $2,090 $2,508 $2,884 $3,260

RENTAL LIMITS

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

 

  Zip Code/Place Name
  Carolina/02812
0 BR $1,221
1 BR $1,364
2 BR $1,650
3 BR $2,057
4 BR $2,464
5 BR $2,834
6 BR $3,203
  Charlestown/02813
0 BR $1,122
1 BR $1,265
2 BR $1,518
3 BR $1,892
4 BR $2,266
5 BR $2,606
6 BR $2,946
  Kenyon/02836
0 BR $1,320
1 BR $1,496
2 BR $1,793
3 BR $2,233
4 BR $2,673
5 BR $3,075
6 BR $3,475
  Shannock / 02875
0 BR $1,243
1 BR $1,397
2 BR $1,683
3 BR $2,090
4 BR $2,508
5 BR $2,884
6 BR $3,260

 

GETTING AROUND

RIPTA: 

  • RIPTA Flex Bus 204 Westerly services at two locations in Charlestown RI (must be scheduled at least one day in advance)
    • STOP 1: 4705 Old Post Road
    • STOP 2: 4110 Old Post Road

 

Driving times by car (average):

  • Providence (40 miles)—50 minutes
  • Warwick (34 miles)—45 minutes
  • Newport (27 miles)—40 minutes

DAILY NEEDS + COMMUNITY CENTERS

Town Hall

4550 South County Trail
(401) 364-1200

Library

4417 Old Post Rd (Cross’ Mills)

Post Office

3970 Old Post Rd.

Police Department

4901 Old Post Rd.
Recycling Center 50 Sand Hill Road

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS

Tri-County Community Action Agency – Southern Region
– Coordinate over 50 programs and services offering assistance throughout every stage of life; from pregnancy and early childhood development, to senior and disabled services.
1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield
401-789-3016
DHS & SNAP Offices:
South County Regional Center
4808 Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield
1-855-MY-RIDHS
(1-855-697-4347)
Charlestown Senior Center 100 Park Lane (located in Ninigret Park)
Ocean Community YMCA (Arcadia Branch) 1190 Main St., Wyoming

FOOD + SHOPPING

FOOD

Charlestown Mini Super 4071 Old Post Road

PHARMACY

CVS 3986 Old Post Rd.

SHOPPING

Nearest Walmart  1031 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown

EDUCATION

DAYCARES, PRESCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE

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

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

District report card site 

 

RIDE Rating
Charlestown Elementary School
Gr K-4
363 Carolina Back Road

★★★★☆

Chariho Regional Middle School
Gr 5-8
455B Switch Road,
Wood River Junction

★★★☆☆

Chariho Regional High School
Gr 9-12
– 4-year graduation rate: 92.5%
45e Switch Road,
Wood River Junction

★★★☆☆

BANKS

Washington Trust 4137 Old Post Road

MEDICAL SERVICES

Ocean State Urgent Care of Westerly 77 Franklin St, Westerly
South County Walk-In & Primary Care 360 Kingstown Rd #104, Narragansett
Nearest hospital:
South County Hospital, 
100 Kenyon Ave., Wakefield

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Protestant Church 4
Catholic + Episcopal Church 3
Jewish Synagogue Westerly & Narragansett
Muslim Mosque South Kingstown

RECREATION

Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department

OUTDOOR SPACES

Sam Ferretti Blue Shutters Town Beach
Burlingame State Park
Charlestown Town Beach
East State Beach
Ninigret Park
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

ARTS + OTHER PROGRAMS

General offerings in South County >

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

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