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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South Kingstown

South Kingstown is the largest town in South (Washington) County. The village of Wakefield serves as a commercial center to many across the county. Though South Kingstown is a coastal community, it also has many amenities of any suburban community. It is also the location of University of Rhode Island’s main campus in Kingston as well as the Amtrak stop at West Kingston.

Major routes in the town are Route 138 (also known as Mooresfield Rd.), which travels east-west at the northern end of town; U.S. Route 1 (also known as Tower Hill Rd.), which travels north-south and hugs the lower southern coast; and Route 108 (also known as Kingstown Rd), which travels south from Route 138 into the villages of Peace Dale and Wakefield.

Living in South Kingstown:

Given its overall size and villages, there is a fair amount of diverse housing choices across the town, including some multi-family developments, two-family homes, and mobile home parks. Especially within the villages, there are also a number of modest single family homes that may offer rental opportunities.

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
Peace Dale/02896 $1,089 $1,221 $1,474 $1,837 $2,200 $2,530 $2,860
Wakefield/02879 $1,144 $1,287 $1,551 $1,925 $2,310 $2,657 $3,003
West Kingston/02892 $1,397 $1,573 $1,892 $2,354 $2,827 $3,251 $3,675

RENTAL LIMITS

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

 

  Zip Code/Place Name
  Peace Dale/02896
0 BR $1,089
1 BR $1,221
2 BR $1,474
3 BR $1,837
4 BR $2,200
5 BR $2,530
6 BR $2,860
  Wakefield/02879
0 BR $1,144
1 BR $1,287
2 BR $1,551
3 BR $1,925
4 BR $2,310
5 BR $2,657
6 BR $3,003
  West Kingston/02892
0 BR $1,397
1 BR $1,573
2 BR $1,892
3 BR $2,354
4 BR $2,827
5 BR $3,251
6 BR $3,675

 

GETTING AROUND

RIPTA: 

  • Route 62/66 / URI/Galilee (service from Galilee to Providence)
  • Route 65X / Wakefield Park-n-Ride (service from Wakefield to Providence)
  • Route 203 / Narragansett/South Kingstown Flex Service
  • Route 210 / URI/Kingston Flex

 

Driving times by car (average):

  • Providence (33 miles)—42 minutes
  • Warwick (25 miles)—39 minutes
  • Newport (18 miles)—30 minutes

DAILY NEEDS + COMMUNITY CENTERS

Town Hall

180 High St.
(401) 789-9331

Library

Peace Dale Library
1057 Kingstown Rd.
South Kingstown Public Library

Post Office

551 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield

Police Department

1790 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield

Recycling Center

163 Rose Hill Rd.

 

COMMUNITY CENTERS

Jonnycake Center for Hope
-Provides basic needs, resources, and hope to our community members.

1231 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale
401-789-1559

Senior Center

25 St. Dominic Rd., Wakefield
401-789-0268

Tri-County Community Action Agency – Southern Region
– Numerous services including medical care, child care and educational programs, energy programs.

1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield
401-789-3016

YMCA – South County

165 Broad Rock Rd.

DHS & SNAP Offices
South County Regional Family Center

DHS: 1-855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347)
SNAP: 1-401-782-4300
4808 Tower Hill Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879

 

FOOD + SHOPPING

FOOD

Belmont Market

600 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield

Shaw’s

160 Old Tower Rd., Wakefield

Jonnycake Center Food Pantry

1183B Kingstown Rd.

 

SHOPPING

Nearest Walmart Supercenter

1031 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown
(Approx. 14 miles, 23-minute drive.)

EDUCATION

DAYCARES, PRESCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Infant Care Programs

Toddler Care Programs

Preschool Programs

After School Care Programs

7

9

14

4

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

The following providers accept the RI Child Care Assistance Program subsidy:

  • Headstart Programs (available through Tri-County CAP)

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

District Report Card from RI Department of Education

 

    RIDE Rating

Peace Dale Elementary School
(Gr. PK-4)

109 Kersey Road

★★★★☆

Matunuck School
(Gr. K-4)

380 Matunuck Beach Road

★★★☆☆

Wakefield School
(Gr. K-4)

101 High Street

★★★☆☆

West Kingston Elementary School
Gr. PK-4)

3119 Ministerial Road

★★★☆☆

Broad Rock Middle School
(Gr. 5-6)

351 Broad Rock Road

★★★☆☆

Curtis Corner Middle School
(Gr. 7-8)

301 Curtis Corner Road

★★★☆☆

South Kingstown High School
(Gr. 9-12)

215 Columbia Street

★★★☆☆

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Regional School

Gr. PK-8

The Prout School

Gr. 9-12

Meadow Brook Waldorf School

Gr. PK-8

BANKS

BankRI

290 Main St.

Bank of America

4 Old Tower Rd., Wakefield

Savings Institute Bank & Trust

121 Old Tower Rd., Wakefield

Citizens Bank

51 Main St., Wakefield

Washington Trust

730 Kingstown Rd.

Santander

20A Main St., Wakefield

MEDICAL SERVICES

Thundermist Health Center – South County 

1 River St.
401-783-0523

CVS Minute Clinic

11 Main St., Wakefield
401-789-3384

Nearest hospital: South County Hospital

100 Kenyon Ave.
South Kingstown (Wakefield)
(401) 782-8020 

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Protestant Church 12
Catholic + Episcopal Church 7
Jewish Synagogue (1)
Narragansett
Muslim Mosque 1

RECREATION

South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department

OUTDOOR SPACES

Noyes Farm

Great Swamp Management Area

Trustom Pond Nationl Wildlife Refuge

Succotash Marsh State Management Area

West Kingston Park

William Brousseau Park

East Matunuck State Beach

Matunuck Beach

ARTS + OTHER PROGRAMS

Courthouse Center for the Arts
-Provides theater, music, art and child development programs for children of all ages and abilities with inclusion programs for, what we call differently abled children. 

South County Art Association
-Offer classes in pottery, painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and printmaking.

Contemporary Theatre Company 
– Theatre and improv classes for adults and children. Summer camp programs as well.

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM

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