Housing Choice Voucher Program

Families with a tenant-based voucher choose and lease affordable, privately-owned rental housing.

Under this program, families find their own rental apartment and use the voucher to pay for all or a portion of the rent.

Do I qualify?

In most cases, Rhode Islanders in this program can earn no more than 50% of HUD’s median family income. The income restrictions vary by household size and the community in which the apartment is located.

Fair Market Rents

Fair Market Rents (FMRs) are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used to determine the maximum rent a landlord can charge in their specific location.

RIHousing HCV Program Jurisdiction

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Public Housing Authority in each community. RIHousing serves as the authority in many communities, including those cities and towns that do not have their own.

For a home or apartment to be eligible

– the owner must agree to participate in the voucher program

– the home must meet minimum safety requirements

This federal program provides housing assistance in the form of a “voucher” so tenants can find a home that fits their needs. Tenants are required to pay 30-40% of their gross household income in rent and utilities. This type of subsidy is tenant-based, meaning the assistance is tied to the individual rather than the property.

This federal program provides housing assistance in the form of a “voucher” so tenants can find a home that fits their needs. Tenants are required to pay 30-40% of their gross household income in rent and utilities. This type of subsidy is tenant-based, meaning the assistance is tied to the individual rather than the property.

For a home or apartment to be eligible

  • the owner must agree to participate in the voucher program
  • the home must meet minimum safety requirements

Do I qualify?

In most cases, Rhode Islanders in the HCV Program can earn no more than 50 percent of HUD’s median family income. The income restrictions vary by household size and the community in which the apartment is located. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.

Fair Market Rents

Fair Market Rents (FMRs) are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used to determine the maximum rent a landlord can charge in their specific location.

Housing Choice Voucher Participant Programs

FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

This is a voluntary five-year program offered to all HCV Program voucher holders. It provides job training, education and other services to help gain skills and experience necessary to achieve financial independence.

SECTION 8 HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM

This program provides guidance, education and support to Section 8 voucher holders that are ready to buy a home.

FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT

Newly passed legislation in Rhode Island now makes it illegal to discriminate against a potential tenant based on their source of income. This includes discriminating against tenants because they receive a housing choice voucher. This discrimination may include advertisements that say “No Section 8 allowed” or telling a potential tenant a unit is no longer available after learning they have a voucher. Click here to learn more.

Housing Choice Voucher Participant Programs

SECTION 8 HOMEOWNERSHIP LOAN

This loan program provides guidance, education and support to Section 8 voucher holders that are ready to buy a home. 

FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

This voluntary five-year program is offered to all Section 8 voucher holders. It provides job training, education and other services to help gain skills and experience necessary to achieve financial independence.

RIHousing HCV Program Jurisdiction

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the Public Housing Authority in each community. RIHousing serves as the authority in many communities, including those cities and towns that do not have their own.

CONTACT

Questions about voucher portability between cities/towns?

Angie Castillo
401-457-1163

portability@rihousing.com