|Housing Authority||Wait List||Sr./Dis.||Other||Wait List|
|Providence Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket Pawtucket Rhode Island 02860||Closed||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Woonsocket Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Central Falls Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|The Housing Authority of the City of Newport||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Cranston Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|East Providence Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Westerly Housing Authority||Closed||Open||Open||Open|
|Johnston Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Cumberland Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Warwick Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|South Kingstown Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Portsmouth Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Burrillville Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|West Warwick Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Coventry Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|North Providence Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Lincoln Housing Authority||Closed||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Bristol Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Smithfield Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Jamestown Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
|Warren Housing Authority||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|East Greenwich Housing Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Narragansett Housing Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Tiverton Housing Authority||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Not Open|
Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.
The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.
Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.
In Rhode Island, 25 Public Housing Authorities operate 9,469 public housing rental units in 80 apartment buildings or communities.
Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.
In Rhode Island, out of 25 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 9 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 16 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.