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Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List

The Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List is a partnership between 18 of the 28 housing authorities in Rhode Island. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Conditionally eligible applicants will be placed on a housing authority's waiting list if they fall within the agency's maximum income limit.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice

Open Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Website: https://www.rihousing.com/sp.cfm?pageid=416.

Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Phone: (844) 459-3600.

Open Until Further Notice: Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

This housing authority participates in the Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List, which is a partnership between 18 of the 28 housing authorities in Rhode Island. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Conditionally eligible applicants will be placed on a housing authority's waiting list if they fall within the agency's maximum income limit.

The Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Portal Section 8 HCV waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from December 17, 2017 at 12:01 am ET, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here. Applications that are mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand delivered will not be processed.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences:

  • Chronically Homeless (Pawtucket)
  • Disabled Head or Co-Head (Cumberland and some RIHousing Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Disabled Vet (Smithfield, Woonsocket)
  • Displacement (Newport and Woonsocket)
  • For Elderly Families (Cumberland and some RIHousing Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Full-Time Student (North Providence)
  • Homeless Preference (RI Housing)
  • Job Training (Portsmouth, Woonsocket)
  • Money Follows the Person (RI Housing)
  • Near Elderly (North Providence)
  • Relocation
  • Rent Burdened (Woonsocket)
  • Supportive Services (Certain RIHousing Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Termination due to Insufficient Funding
    • Family previously terminated from the Johnston Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Program (ONLY) due to insufficient funding
  • Unstable Housing Situation (RI Housing)
  • Veteran (East Greenwich, East Providence, Pawtucket, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Warren, Woonsocket)
  • Victim of Domestic Violence (Providence, Portsmouth, Woonsocket, RI Housing tenant-based and certain Project Based Voucher sites)
  • Witness Protection (Woonsocket)
  • Working Family and/or Elderly/Disabled (Central Falls, Coventry, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucke, Warwick [if working, 30 hours/week], Woonsocket [if working, 20 hours/week for at least 1 month])

Further explanation of each preference can be found on the application.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences. 

Persons requiring assistance completing an application can call Rhode Island Housing (RIH) at (844) 459-3600, or email waitlist@rihousing.com.

For more information, visit the Rhode Island Housing website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (401) 457-1288 or TTY (401) 450-1394.

Last Updated on 03/25/2021.

About Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List

More information about Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List can be found on its website at https://www.rihousing.com/sp.cfm?pageid=416.

Representatives of Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List may be available by phone at (844) 459-3600. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

The following agencies are participants in the Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List:

Agency Serves
Bristol Housing Authority Bristol
Central Falls Housing Authority Central Falls
Coventry Housing Authority Coventry
Cumberland Housing Authority Cumberland
East Greenwich Housing Authority East Greenwich
East Providence Housing Authority East Providence
Housing Authority of the City of Newport Newport
Johnston Housing Authority Johnston
Lincoln Housing Authority Lincoln
North Providence Housing Authority North Providence
Pawtucket Housing Authority Pawtucket
Providence Housing Authority Providence
Rhode Island Housing Barrington, Charlestown, Exeter, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, New Shoreham, Newport, North Kingstown, North Smithfield, Portsmouth, Scituate, West Greenwich
Smithfield Housing Authority Smithfield
South Kingstown Housing Authority South Kingstown
Warren Housing Authority Warren
Warwick Housing Authority Warwick
Woonsocket Housing Authority Woonsocket
How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (844)-459-3600.