Find an ApartmentThere are many sources to use when looking for a home to rent. Below we have listed two trusted sources, however you can also check other websites, the newspaper as well as one of the many other free publications available throughout the state.
If you need immediate assistance finding a home due to a temporary housing crisis such as due to eviction because your landlord has been foreclosed upon, the Emergency Housing Assistance Program which is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services and implemented through the eight Rhode Island Community Action Program agencies may be able to help.
RIHousing also provides rental assistance or cash assistance to individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless due to a short term housing emergency through the RoadHome initiative.
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 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.
For more information about the Housing Choice Voucher program visit our Renters section or contact Stephanie Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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. These developments manage their own waiting lists. Please contact the management office(s) of the development(s) in which you wish to reside to apply to be placed on the waiting list or to obtain more information.
HousingSearchRI.org is another resource for renters and homebuyers looking to find a home in Rhode Island. The website provides detailed information about homes for sale in Rhode Island that receive government funding and meet state and federal affordability criteria. Searching for housing to rent or buy? Search by specific needs like geographic location, price, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, access to public transit, and more.If you would like to view homes to rent or buy in the low to moderate price range, visit HousingSearchRI.org.