Rhode Island renters struggling to cover rent and utility payments due to COVID may qualify for up to 12 months of emergency assistance thanks to the new federal relief aid. 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 paying for utilities even if they do not need help paying for rent. There is no monthly cap on eligible rent relief and in some instances, an additional 3 months of assistance may be available.
Both landlords and tenants may initiate an application for the program. Information from both the tenant and landlord will be required to successfully complete an application. Eligible households must be at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), which translates into approximately $69,200 annual income for a family of four in most parts of the State. Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers.
Visit www.RentReliefRI.com today for program information, eligibility criteria and FAQs.
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