Providing Coronavirus resources to help our community in Rhode Island and Massachusetts navigate through these financial hardships.

As America is dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses are forced to shut down nationwide. This is impacting millions of workers and putting financial stress on many families.

As a property management company, we want to help our tenants who may have been financially impacted by the current crisis. In an effort to provide help and guidance to our tenants and the local community, we will continue to provide information in the job sectors, government resources, state and federal assistance.

As the COVID19 situation continues to develop, we will continue to update this page.

Housing Help for Rhode Islanders

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Rent Relief RI Program | What is it and How can it help renters?

The state of Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments for eligible renters. The program will be available through a network of partners throughout Rhode Island.

If you want to receive notifications about the launch date of this program, please sign up on the RI Housing website using the link below.

Program Overview
• $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program
• New rental assistance program, RentReliefRI, helps eligible Rhode Island renters struggling to pay their rent or utilities
as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Can be used to pay rent arrearages, forward-facing rent, utility arrearages, and certain other housing expenses
• Launched March 31, 2021
• Up to 12 months of assistance: can pay for rent and utilities owed back to April 1, 2020, and can also cover up to
three months of upcoming rent.
• Applicants must meet certain income limits and eligibility requirements.
• Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers.
• Funding

Importance of new federal rental assistance funds
• The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact Rhode Islanders across the state.
• These new federal funds will help struggling renters remain in their homes while also helping to stabilize the market
by helping landlords who have struggled to make their mortgage payments due to a lack of rental payments from
tenants.
• RIHousing is working with organizations, elected officials, and community leaders across the state to ensure Rhode
Island renters and landlords are aware of the program.
Eligibility
Three eligibility criteria:
Income Limit    • COVID-19 Impact     • Risk of housing instability or homelessness

 

How To Apply For Unemployment in RI & MA

The state of Rhode Island and the state of Massachusetts are taking steps to provide financial assistance by those who suffer a loss of income from the effects of the Coronavirus.

To learn what unemployment benefits are available as a result of business closures, click the following the state that applies to you:

Top Financial Resources For Tenants

We are concerned about the tenants' safety, health, and financial well-being. Many of them have been impacted by the loss of a job and revenue. In an effort to providing continued support to our community, we want to guide our tenants to the different organizations that have mobilized funds and assistance to help people navigate through these financial hardships.

Here is a list of organizations that are ready to help:

Hiring Opportunities in Rhode Island & SE Mass.

Updated July 15, 2021

While the economy in Rhode Island is starting to get back to normal, many jobs have been eliminated and may not come back. Below is a list of the most updated hiring opportunities we found in Rhode Island and want to share with our community.

Who's Hiring in South New England?

ABC6.COM and Bridgewater State University created a website listing hundreds of job openings from local businesses and have opportunities for all different skills. Each job offers guides you through the application process. Use the link below to search for open positions in RI and SE Mass.

App to Help You Find Temp Job in 24hrs

In an article from FOXBusiness, we learned about an App called MyWorckChoice to get temp work in 24 Hours. The App connects job seekers to companies currently hiring and get new employees trained for work in as little as twenty-four hours.

Click here to connect with MyWorkChoice.

Infosys has been an excellent partner to Rhode Island throughout the pandemic, even creating the CRUSH COVID app at no cost to Rhode Islanders. And the jobs Infosys is creating are exactly the types of jobs we need in the new economy – digital and tech jobs, jobs that can be done remotely, and jobs that don’t all require prior experience or a college degree

Explore Jobs Opportunity in RI with Infosys

National Grid Offers Programs To Help Pay Bills

What You Need To Know:

If you are having difficulties paying for your energy bills, National Grid is now offering different programs to renters in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Renters must meet the income eligibility to qualify for the program.

Find all the information about National Grid Programs Here

Please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health’s dedicated web page, or call the RIDOH dedicated COVID-19 info line at 401-222-8022 for more information on COVID-19.

As a local business and member of your community,  we want to provide as much guidance and help you navigate through this time of uncertainty.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us directly info@blackstoneri.com or (401)-223-2838. We will do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

Stay well, stay healthy

The Blackstone Group Leasing & Management Team