‘Safe Harbor’ Rent Relief Program Starts

Governor Raimondo has announced that $7-million will be made available through the new Safe Harbor Housing Program, an eviction diversion initiative designed to help Rhode Island landlords and tenants resolve disputes over late or unpaid rent without having to go through the traditional court process.

Landlords may participate for each unique tenant while renters may only participate once. From the ProJo:

Under its terms, qualifying households can receive up to six months of rent owed, from March 1 on, according to the governor’s office.

The initiative will include $200,000 for the United Way to contract legal services for tenants who lack a lawyer.

This is in addition to Mayor Elorza’s rent and legal assistance program announced on July 1st. Funding for both initiatives comes through the federal CARES Act.

More in the ProJo:

A tenant or a landlord may apply for assistance starting Monday, but both parties must agree to enter a payment plan, Raimondo said. She expected the program to help 1,500 to 2,000 Rhode Islanders to maintain housing.

She encouraged people to call 211 to engage in the program.





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