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Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

Do you have a client or loved one with a disability currently living in an institutionalized setting? The Section 811 Program may be able to help them find comfortable, affordable housing in a community setting.

Program Overview

The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program is a federally funded initiative created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist extremely low-income people with disabilities to live independently in the community (rather than in institutional settings like nursing and group homes) by providing rental subsidies to landlords and voluntary supportive services to program participants.

The Section 811 Program provides affordability, support, independence, and accessibility:
  • Links affordable housing with services and supports
  • Provides the independence of living on your own
  • Units are equipped with accessibility features

Participants in the Section 811 program pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities, and RIHousing, on behalf of HUD, pays the remainder of the rent directly to the landlord using the 811 program subsidy.

Who Is Eligible?
Individuals with a disability who are:
  • Between the ages of 18 – 61
  • Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Extremely low income
  • Exiting an institutionalized setting
Additionally, qualified applicants must be:
  1. Individuals living in institutional settings who:
    1. have indicated a desire to reside and receive services and supports in a community-based setting;
    2. have been assessed and identified by the Nursing Home Transition Program (NHTP), Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program or Managed Care Organization (MCO) as appropriate for safe transition and who can live independently with services and supports in place; or
    3. reside in Mental Health, Psychiatric Rehabilitative Residences and who can live independently.


  2. Individuals who are on the Rhode Island Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Universal Wait List and determined to be high users of Medicaid services. In order to reach this population RIHousing staff will attend Coordinated Entry System Placement Committee meetings to ensure potential applicants are linked with housing opportunities through Section 811.
Find out more
Click here to view and download our Fact Sheet to learn more, including additional eligibility requirements.

How to apply
Interested candidates should speak with their assigned case worker. The case worker will complete the pre-application* with the interested applicant.

*Download the fillable PDF to complete the form. Once completed, the form may be saved to a computer and emailed as a PDF attachment.

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If you have any questions about the program, please contact Latoshia Denson at 401-450-1329, ldenson@rihousing.com.
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