Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program

Providing rental assistance to low-income families in our community, the Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government's major program for assisting low income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program. Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by the public housing agencies (PHAs) and receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing of Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the Program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord through direct deposit.

Federal guidelines for affordability equates to a household not spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs.


2023 Income Limits

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Providence-Fall River, RI-MA

Westerly-Hopkinton-New Shoreham, RI
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Newport-Middleton-Portsmouth, RI
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Section 8 Portability

For Section 8 Participants that would like to move to North Providence, you can ask your Section 8 Representative to send your information to:

North Providence Housing Authority
Attn: Eileen Reyes, Section 8 Coordinator
945 Charles Street
North Providence, RI 02904

Eileen may be contacted at 401-728-0930 x103 or email ereyes@nphousing.org

Section 8 HCVP Waitlist

North Providence Housing Authority participates in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Centralized Wait List.

The Public Housing Association of Rhode Island (PHARI) and Rhode Island Housing have announced the opening of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Centralized Wait List Portal.

​Applicants are able to apply to the HCVP waiting list(s) for any and all of the participating housing authorities listed below using a single electronic application:

Bristol, Central Falls, Coventry, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Lincoln, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Rhode Island Housing, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Warren, Warwick, and Woonsocket

Applications must be completed and submitted electronically through the Centralized Wait List online application portal, accessible at www.waitlist-centralri.com. The application portal will be available beginning Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain open indefinitely.

Rhode Island Housing’s electronic application portal is the sole method of submitting an application. Applications that are mailed, faxed, e-mailed, or hand delivered will not be processed. Applicants requiring assistance completing an application may contact Rhode Island Housing at 844-459-3600 or via email at waitlist@rihousing.com. To request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete an application, please call 401-457-1288. Applicants may also contact Rhode Island housing via TTY at 401-450-1394.

Computer terminals and staff assistance will be made available to applicants at participating community organizations.

To be determined “conditionally eligible” and placed on one or more waiting lists, applicants must fall within each agency’s maximum annual income limits for their household size. Conditionally eligible applicants will be placed on the applicable waiting lists based on the date and time that they apply and any selection preferences established by each housing authority. More information on both income limits and selection preferences is available at both www.waitlist-centralri.com and www.rihousing.com.

​PHARI, Rhode Island Housing, and all participating Housing Authorities will not on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, nationality or ethnic origin, age, family or marital status, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, deny any family or individual the opportunity to apply for, or receive assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

FSS and VASH Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary program available to those eligible Housing Choice Voucher families who are sincere in their intentions, and motivated to become economically independent and self-sufficient. If you have any questions about the FSS Program, please call the FSS Coordinator, Cheryl Lonardo at 401-728-0930 extension 109 or Nina Parrett, Assistant FSS Coordinator at 401-728-0930 extension 101.

HUD FSS Fact Sheet


The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you do not have a case manager, you may contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs. If you have any questions about the VASH program, please contact McKayla Jenks at 401-728-0930 extension 107.