Rhode Island renters helped by $50 million RentRefliefRI assistance

Kaicie Boeglin

Editor-in-Chief

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Providence, RI – RIHousing announced on Oct. 5 that the RentReliefRI program approved over $50 million in rental and utility assistance funds to just under 4,600 renting Rhode Islanders. RentReliefRI is a federally-funded program that serves as a lifeline for Rhode Island renters and can provide up to 18 months of rental and/or utility assistance for tenants impacted by the current pandemic. The RIHousing communication department released statements on Oct. 5 explaining this program's recent approval. “This funding also includes over $16 million in new commitments to low- and moderate-income customer electricity and gas utility bills.”

RentReliefRI is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0013 awarded to the State of Rhode Island by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The RIHousing communications dept. cited U.S. Senator Jack Reed and elaborated on how he incorporated $200 million through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) as well as $152 million in additional ERA funding for Rhode Islanders in the American Rescue Plan Act (P.L. 117-2). Senator Reed said, “I worked hard to make these federal rent relief funds available to help Rhode Islanders facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I commend RIHousing for accelerating efforts to get these funds out the door to prevent evicti