Up to 6 months of rental assistance available from the Safe Harbor Housing Program in Rhode Island.
Governor Gina Raimondo announced a new rental assistance program Friday, July 10th called the Safe Harbor Housing Program.
This program is an Eviction Diversion program and is a way for Landlords and Tenants to resolve unpaid rent without going through courts in a traditional eviction. Rhode Island District Courts reopened for evictions on July 1, 2020 but the eviction process is still restricted and lengthy. Both Landlords and Tenants may benefit by resolving their issues through other means.
The Safe Harbor program, administered by the United Way, will pay up to 6 months rent for qualified households in direct payments. The payments are for rent arrearages accumulated since March of 2020 and there may be additional free legal services available for Tenants.
If you're a landlord you can apply on behalf of your tenant by going directly to the site at http://www.uwri.org/safe-harbor-housing-program-landlord-application/
Eligible tenants or families will have to meet income requirements which are listed on the Safe Harbor site. A single person on Aquidneck Island living in Newport, Middletown or Portsmouth must earn less than $54,950 and a family of four less than $78,500.
See the full program details at http://www.uwri.org/2-1-1/safe-harbor-housing-program/ or call us at 401-236-8685 to learn more!