Rhode Island housing assistance programs.

Over $7 million in federal government stimulus grants and funds will be provided to Rhode Island to provide housing assistance.  The goal of the program is to prevent people from becoming homeless, instead of helping families and individuals after they’ve already lost their homes or apartment. This is a pro-active approach, which is new for both Rhode Island and the federal government.

Families who need assistance can get rental assistance that will aid them with monthly payments for up to 18 months. The housing assistance can also be used for security deposits, utility bill payments and deposits, motel vouchers, and to also help pay for moving costs. Find ways to get more help with rent and security deposits. Continue.

The majority of the funds will go to three local communities. They include Providence ($2.3 million), Pawtucket ($845,934) and Woonsocket ($545,000). But other cities and areas will also receive housing aid.

This rental and housing assistance is at the heart of federal legislation known as the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. Almost $3-billion was provided to this program as part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus plan.

The $7 million for Rhode Island will give local governments, including towns, cities, and counties, with greater flexibility in how to spend the money on housing assistance programs that work. The federal government stimulus dollars will help local communities assist families who are on the brink of becoming homeless. More Rhode Island assistance programs.

The Rhode Island program will be managed by both municipal and state agencies that have been annually receiving federal grants for emergency housing and shelter programs. Many members of the municipalities’ planning and development offices have joined with the state government in a coordinated effort to distribute the grants to social-service providers, such as the United Way and Salvation Army. These various agencies and charities have agreed  to implement a plan to administer the money in the most efficient way.






By Jon McNamara

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