Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also referred to as Section 8, is a Federal program for assisting low and very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Since the funding is tied to the family rather than the unit, it allows the participant to utilize their voucher out in the community in housing that meets the program housing quality standards (HQS). They are able to choose from single-family homes, duplexes, or apartments that meet the family size requirements set by the EPHA subsidy standards.

A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord/owner by the EPHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. This amount cannot exceed 40 percent of their annual adjusted income at move-in.


How to Apply
Click Here https://www.waitlist-centralri.com

The East Providence Housing Authority is a member of the RI Centralized Waiting List Portal for the Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance Program (formally known as Section 8 Housing).

Individuals interested in applying must submit an application electronically through the Centralized Waiting List online application portal by clicking the above link. Applications will only be accepted via the online portal.

Selection from the Waiting List will be based on any preferences for which you may qualify, and date and time of application A description of these preferences, as well as a list of participating housing authorities, is available on the online portal at the time of application.

Applicants can update information and make necessary changes to their application at any time by logging into the RI Centralized Waiting List Portal. 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 to complete an application, please call 401-457-1288. Applicants may also contact Rhode Island Housing via TTY at 401-450-1394.


Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined by the EPHA, based on the total annual gross income and family size. Participation in this program is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status as defined by HUD. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the area in which the family chooses to live. HUD regulations require that the EPHA must provide 75 percent of its vouchers to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income. Median income levels are published by HUD on an annual basis and vary by location.

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This program provides rental assistance to low income individuals and families. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord/owner by the EPHA on behalf of the participating family.

Below is a list of some commonly asked questions, posed by some of our landlords, about the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also referred to as Section 8. As you read through them we hope you will find them helpful. Please refer to our STAFF DIRECTORY to contact a member of the HCV Department for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Initial and Annual Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections are conducted by:

McCright & Associates