Rhode Island Housing

44 Washington Street
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 2903
(401) 450-1327

Rhode Island Housing is a Public Housing Agency in Providence, Rhode Island that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of July 18th, 2019, Rhode Island Housing has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Various Communities Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Rhode Island Housing serves Barrington, Charlestown, Exeter, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, New Shoreham, Newport, North Kingstown, North Smithfield, Portsmouth, Scituate and West Greenwich.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Indefinitely
Various Communities Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely

Open Indefinitely: Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Portal Section 8 HCV waiting list is currently open, 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 veteran; Disabled; Disabled Veteran; Displaced; Elderly; Homeless; Terminated from Johnston Housing Authority HCV program due to lack of funding; Job Training; Money Follows the Person; Near Elderly; Resident of jurisdiction of participating housing authority; Rhode Island resident; Rent burdened; Full time student; Unstable housing situation; Victim of Domestic Violence; Veteran; Witness protection; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

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 06/05/2019.

Open Rhode Island Housing Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Various Communities Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Rhode Island Housing (RIH) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for the communities listed below is currently open, from June 6, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. ET, until further notice.

Please note: The waiting list is opening for following communities: Canonchet Cliffs III, Coventry Crossroads, East Bay CDC, Harbor House, Living East Bay, Marshfield Commons, St. Ann Apartments, Sweetbriar, and Westbay.

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

Applicants may also submit an application to the other waiting lists on the centralized application portal.

There are preferences, and they are listed on the application.

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

For more information, read the RIH public notice, or visit the RIH 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 and TTY at (401) 450-1394.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/06/2019.

About Rhode Island Housing

More information about Rhode Island Housing can be found on its website at http://www.rhodeislandhousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/18/2019, it is not known if Rhode Island Housing is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Rhode Island Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Rhode Island Housing manages 1,577 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,248 21 25 52 231
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $737 $555 $510 $694 $679
Monthly Cost $919,507 $11,650 $12,752 $36,090 $156,749

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Rhode Island Housing

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 14% having issued approximately 118 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $15,375 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 59% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

56% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 87% of all households were headed by a female.

67% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 20% of all heads of households being Black and 5% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Rhode Island Housing Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Rhode Island Housing voucher holders in 2016 was $393 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $853. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $162.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.