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Are you a Rhode Island renter having challenges covering rent and/or utility payments due the COVID-19 pandemic? You may qualify for up to 18 months of assistance through the new RentReliefRI program. The program can pay for rent and utilities owed back to April 1, 2020 and can also cover up to three months of upcoming rent.

Renters may apply for help with utilities even if they do not need help paying for rent.

Applicants must have a household income of 80% or less of the Area Median Income Limit* (AMI), which varies by location and household size. For example, a Providence family of four with an annual household income of less than $69,200 may qualify.

Assistance will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. RentReliefRI assistance does not need to be reimbursed or paid back.

Please visit to learn more and apply online.

If you have questions, the RentReliefRI Call Center can be reached at 1-855-608-8756. It is operated by RIHousing Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

*2021 Area Median Income Limits

Household Size Westerly, New Hopkinton & Shoreham, RI Newport, Portsmouth & Middletown, RI All Other† Cities/Towns, RI
1 person $52,550 $55,950 $48,450
2 people $60,050 $63,950 $55,400
3 people $67,550 $71,950 $62,300
4 people $75,050 $79,900 $69,200
5 people $81,100 $86,300 $74,750
6 people $87,100 $92,700 $80,300
7 people $93,100 $99,100 $85,850
8 people $99,100 $105,500 $91,350

Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Woonsocket