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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Portsmouth

Portsmouth is the northernmost town of Aquidneck Island’s three municipalities, with Middletown and Newport to its south. As part of the island, it is accessible to the mainland via the Claiborne Pell Bridge, but is closest to the Mt. Hope Bridge which exits into the town directly. Routes 138 (East Main Road) and 114 (West Main Road) are the main routes traveling north and south. Route 114 connects to Route 24 (Fall River Expressway) and travels eastward into Tiverton and points north into Massachusetts. Portsmouth is a mix of rural and suburban neighborhoods, and relies substantially on commercial activity and services available in its neighbors to the south.

Living in Portsmouth:

Of the three Aquidneck Island communities, Portsmouth is the most predominantly single-family, owner-occupied. Recent multi-family developments are generally condominiums, but may represent some opportunities for rental. There are also several mobile home parks that may have affordable rentals.

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
Portsmouth/02896 $1,232 $1,386 $1,804 $2,552 $3,124 $3,593 $4,061

RENTAL LIMITS

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

  Zip Code/Place Name
  Portsmouth/02896
0 BR $1,232
1 BR $1,386
2 BR $1,804
3 BR $2,552
4 BR $3,124
5 BR $3,593
6 BR $4,061

GETTING AROUND

RIPTA: 

  • Route 60  / Providence/Newport
  • Route 61X / Tiverton/East Bay Park-n-Ride (parking at East Main in Portsmouth)

 

Driving times by car (average):

  • Providence (29 miles)—31 minutes
  • Warwick (38 miles)—43 minutes
  • Newport (10 miles)—22 minutes

DAILY NEEDS + COMMUNITY CENTERS

Town Hall 2200 East Main Rd.
401-643-0499

Library

2658 East Main Rd.
Post Office 95 Chase Rd.
Police Department 2270 East Main Rd.
Recycling Center 2020 Hedly St.

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS

Nearest CAP:
Eastbay Community Action – Lower Bay Region
19 Broadway, Newport, Rhode Island 02840
401- 847-7821

Nearest YMCA:
Middletown YMCA

792 Valley Road, Middletown
Nearest DHS & SNAP Offices:
Newport Regional Family Center

DHS: 31 John Clarke Road, Middletown
1-855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347)
SNAP: 272 Valley Road, Ste 1, Middletown
1-401-851-2100

FOOD + SHOPPING

FOOD/b>

Clements’ Marketplace 2575 East Main Rd.
The Green Grocer (Health foods) 934 East Main Rd.
Portsmouth Community Food Bank at St. John’s Lodge 81 Sprague St.
See many other listings in Middletown and Newport.  

 

SHOPPING

Nearest Walmart

199 Connell Hwy
Newport

 

PHARMACY

CVS 10 Turnpike Ave.
Walgreens 2456 East Main Rd.

EDUCATION

DAYCARES, PRESCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE 

Infant Care Programs

Toddler Care Programs

Preschool Programs

After School Care Programs

4

4

6

5

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

Headstart Program: East Bay CAP program located at 740 West Main Rd., Middletown (approx. 7 miles, 16-minute drive)

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

District Report Card from RI Department of Education:  District Code 27

    RIDE Rating
Howard Hathaway School
Gr. K-4
53 Tallman Avenue

★★★★☆

Mellville Elementary School
Gr. K-4
1351 West Main Road

★★★★☆

Portsmouth Middle School
Gr. 6-8
125 Jepson Lane

★★★☆☆

Portsmouth High School
Gr. 9-12
120 Education Lane

★★★★☆

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Portsmouth Abbey Gr. 9-12
The Pennfield School Gr. PK-8
Aquidneck Island Christian Academy Gr. K-12
St. Philomena School Gr. K-8

BANKS

BankNewport 2628 East Main Rd.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Lifespan Urgent Care

1360 West Main Road, Middletown
401-606-3110

Ocean State Urgent Care

67 Valley Road, Middletown
401-847-4950

Southcoast Health Middletown Urgent Care

670 Aquidneck Ave #7, Middletown
402-847-0519

Newport Hospital

20 Powel Ave., Newport
401-846-6400

 

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Protestant Church 5
Catholic + Episcopal Church 6
Nearest Synagogue Middletown (approx. 7 miles, 14-minute drive)
Nearest Mosque Fall River, MA (approx. 11 miles, 15-minute drive)

RECREATION

Portsmouth Parks and Recreation Department

 

OUTDOOR SPACES

Glen Park
McCorrie Point Beach
Sandy Point Beach
Teddy Beach
Island Park Beach
Mellville Upper Pond

 

ARTS + OTHER PROGRAMS

Portsmouth Arts Guild The Guild offers monthly exhibitions of work from both members and non-members as well as varying number of art classes and workshops at the parish hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Portsmouth Community Theatre Offers adults and children the opportunity to experience live theater BY and FOR their own community.
Common Fence Point Arts, Wellness, and Community Center May only be open to residents of CFP.

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