Residents of several Rhode Island communities are protected from homelessness by an emergency shelter program that provides immediate aid to those in crisis. Tri-Town Community Action Agency can step in to help those who may have just been evicted from their home and otherwise have no place to turn to.
Thanks to a $750,000 allocation from the General Assembly, Crossroads Rhode Island is now able to provide rental assistance to lower-income individuals and families in the Providence area. The new funds are making a big difference already in helping distressed tenants find new life in the rental market.
Westbay Community Action operates the Rhode Island Home Emergency Housing Assistance program. While the program has been a major provider of back rent and security deposits for Kent County tenants, funding is sometimes limited.
Newport County does have rental assistance to speak of, but there are different providers depending on which community you live in.
A charity created in the late 1980s has since been a welcome partner to Washington County. Initially developed as an overnight shelter supported by churches, the organization now helps residents move on to transitional housing opportunities as they try to return to self-sufficiency.
Blackstone Valley Community Action Program (BVCAP) is one of the leading rental assistance programs in Rhode Island. Instead of loans, BVCAP provides cash handouts to landlords of those who are in imminent danger of being evicted.