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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Newport

Newport is one of the most historic cities in the United States. It is located at the southern tip of “Rhode Island,” more commonly known by its Narragansett name of Aquidneck Island. Newport was founded in 1639 by followers of Roger Williams, and grew to be one of the largest of the four original settlements. Newport is Rhode Island’s most well-known tourist destination and is renowned for its historic mansions and sailing history.

Given its island geography, it is accessible by the Newport Claiborne Pell Bridge to the west (RI Rte. 138), and the Mt. Hope Bridge to the north (via RI Route 114 through Portsmouth and Middletown). It has a number of distinct neighborhoods, including the North End, the Point, Off Broadway, Top of the Hill, and the Historic Hill, to name a few. Its residents are also very engaged and civically active.

Living in Newport:

Newport has a more diverse housing stock than many RI municipalities, and a majority of renter households. It is also well-serviced by RIPTA, and is easily traversed on foot and bicycle. Affordability ranges widely, though, and has some of the oldest housing stock in the state outside of Providence.

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
Newport/ 02840 & 02841  $1,129 $1,272 $1,652 $2,334 $2,861 $3,290 $3,791

 

RENTAL LIMITS

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

 

  Zip Code/Place Name
  Newport/ 02840 & 02841
0 BR $1,129
BR $1,272
2 BR $1,652
3 BR $2,334
4 BR $2,861
5 BR $3,290
6 BR $3,719

GETTING AROUND

RIPTA: 

 

  • Route 14 Express Service to West Bay (North Kingstown, Warwick, Providence)
  • Route 60 Express Service to both Providence and Newport
  • Route 63 Urban Service within Newport and to Middletown
  • Route 64 Urban Service to URI/Kingston and other points north and west
  • Route 231 Flex Zone Service to Newport and Middletown

 

Driving times by car (average):

  • Providence (35 miles)—50 minutes, plus toll
  • Warwick (26 miles)—45 minutes, plus tolls

DAILY NEEDS + COMMUNITY CENTERS

City Hall 

43 Broadway

Library 

Newport Public Library
300 Spring St.

Post Office (3)

169 Broadway,
320 Thames St.
1900 Peary St.

Police Department 

120 Broadway
Recycling Center 80 Halsey St.

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS

DHS & SNAP Offices:
Newport Regional Family Center
DHS Office:
31 John Clarke Rd.,
Middletown SNAP Office:
272 Valley Rd., Middletown
Eastbay Community Action – Lower Bay Region 19 Broadway
401- 848-6697
Edward King House Senior Center 35 King St.
Florence Gray Center 1 York St.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center 20 Dr Marcus Wheatland Blvd

FOOD + SHOPPING

FOOD 

Aldi’s 872 W Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842
Aquidneck Meat Market 800 Aquidneck Ave # A, Middletown, RI 02842
Stop & Shop (3) 199 JT Connell Hwy,
250 Bellevue Ave.
Shaw’s 71 E Main Rd, Middletown

SHOPPING 

Nearest Walmart

199 JT Connell Hwy

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
Claiborne Pell Elem. Sch. 35 Dexter St.
(Grades PK-5)
★★☆☆☆
Frank E. Thompson Middle School 55 Broadway
(Grades 5-8)

★★☆☆☆

Rogers High School 15 Wickham Rd.(Grades 9-12)

★★★☆☆
4-year graduation rate: 87.1%

The Met East Bay School 115 Girard Ave.
(Grades 9-12)

4-year graduation rate: 93.3%

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

St. Michael’s Country Day School 180 Rhode Island Ave
(Grades PK-8)

 

BANKS

Bank of America

181 Bellevue Ave.

BankNewport (3)

10 Washington Sq.
528 W. Main Rd.
31 Conanicus Ave.

Bank RI

132 E. Main Rd.

Citizens Bank (2)

8 Washington Sq.
25 E. Main Rd.

Santander Bank

292 Thames St.

TD Bank

553 West Main Rd.

 

MEDICAL SERVICES

EBCAP Dental Center 19 Broadway
Ocean State Urgent Care of Middletown 10 Washington Sq.
Nearest hospital:
Newport Hospital
 20 Powel Ave

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Protestant Church 14
Catholic, Episcopal & Orthodox churches 7
Jewish Synagogue 1
Nearest Mosque  South Kingstown
Mormon Temple 1

RECREATION

Newport Parks and Recreation Department

OUTDOOR SPACES 

Fort Adams Brenton Point State Park
Ballard Park
Miantonomi Memorial Park
Coddington Field
Eisenhower Park
Morton Park
Freebody Park
Dexter Street Park
Easton’s Beach
Second Beach
Third Beach
Hazard Beach King’s Beach
Cliff Walk

ARTS + OTHER PROGRAMS 

Newport Art Museum Education department with numerous programs including classes and workshops for youth and adults
Newport Children’s Theatre Newport Children’s Theatre and Newport County Teen Repertory Company

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

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