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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

In addition to managing 20,000 apartments for low-income senior citizens and families, as well as Rhode Islanders with disabilities, RIHousing manages the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for several cities and towns in Rhode Island.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for helping income-eligible participants afford safe, healthy homes in their community. The Housing Choice Voucher Program allows the individual or family to choose a home, including their present home, and use a voucher to obtain rental assistance. The landlord must agree to the terms of the program and the home must meet safety requirements.

The landlord receives a housing subsidy directly from RIHousing, on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Some Housing Choice Vouchers may be “Project Based,” meaning that the rental assistance is attached to a specific unit in a specific development.

For more information about the Housing Choice Voucher program visit our For Renters section or contact the Division of Leased Housing and Rental Services at hcvp@rihousing.com or call 401-429-1483. For detailed information, you can also view the documents listed on the resources page in this section that are available from HUD.

Section 8 Subsidized Apartments
The Section 8 Subsidized Apartment Rental Assistance Program is a federal program that helps income-eligible individuals, families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities to pay just 30 percent of their income towards their rent so they can afford safe, healthy homes. For example, if you earn $1,000 a month, you would pay just $300 toward the monthly rent.

Housing authorities do not manage these programs.

RIHousing manages 20,000 subsidized apartments. About 15,000 of these apartments are eligible for rental assistance from Section 8 funding.

List your property for free! HousingSearchRI is a free, public website that provides detailed information about Rhode Island properties for rent or sale that receive government funding and meet state and federal affordability criteria. We promote this resource through our education and outreach efforts, and encourage landlords and property managers to promote their listings by linking directly to it from their own website.

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