With the Supreme Court decision ending the national eviction moratorium, and unemployment benefits ending for thousands of Rhode Islanders, many renters are worried about how they will pay their rent and utility bills. Fortunately, renters have a lifeline available to them via RentReliefRI, a federally-funded program that provides up to 18 months of rental and utility assistance for tenants struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rhode Island renters struggling to cover rent and utility payments due to COVID may qualify for up to 18 months of emergency assistance thanks to the new federal relief aid. The program can pay for rent and utilities owed back to April 1, 2020 and can also cover up to three months of upcoming rent. Renters may apply for help with paying for utilities even if they do not need help paying for rent. Both landlords and tenants may initiate an application for the program.