The Public's Radio: 'Hurry up and wait': Rent relief programs struggle to deliver aid to low income tenants

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Rhode Island families have applied for help paying rent. But of the $13.5 million in federal funds allocated towards rent relief by the state, less than half a million dollars have reached families in need. Program leaders and housing advocates describe a patchwork of aid programs ill equipped to deal with a rise in housing instability.

by Sofia Rudin

The Public's Radio · Rent relief programs struggle to deliver aid to low-income tenants

In March, as the coronavirus took hold of the country, Devra Levy joined a Providence-area mutual aid group on Facebook. Within a month, the group had almost 3 thousand members, and was flooded with posts asking about stimulus checks, mask patterns, food delivery, and how to get tested.

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