The Providence Journal recently published a salacious story of a tenant-landlord dispute, where the landlord of a luxury apartment was unable to remove a tenant when her lease expired. The piece depicted the tenant as a charlatan lawyer who decided to overstay her lease. However, this article does not reflect the reality of most tenant-landlord…Read More
All National Grid residential customers are protected from utility shutoff due to the pandemic, but this protection will expire at the end of September unless you are enrolled in low-income discount rates. If you are enrolled in discount rates, you are protected from shutoff until April 2021. You may be newly eligible for this rate…Read More
The information in this post is now partially out-of-date. Please see our updated blog post for more information. Está en riesgo de ser desalojado por falta de pagar la renta? Vea el Formulario de Notificación y Declaración de Moratoria de Desalojo y solicite ayuda para pagar la renta aquí. On September 5, 2020 the Centers…Read More
The Rhode Island Center for Justice is grateful for a 2020 BlueAngel Community Health Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) to prevent homelessness and the serious negative health impacts of housing insecurity for Rhode Islanders. The BlueAngel Grant supports our work to help Rhode Islanders remain stably housed and keep prevent…Read More
Anuncio traducido abajo. English / Inglés The Latino Policy Institute, AMOR (Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance), Fuerza Laboral, and the Economic Progress Institute have released resource guides in Spanish and English on rights of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including worker safety, sick leave, and unemployment. These documents, embedded below, include: https://tinyurl.com/BackToWorkRI-ENG: An English two-page…Read More
At their July 13th meeting, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to extend the state’s moratorium on utility shutoffs by National Grid through November 1st, 2020 for low-income utility customers and through September 30th, 2020 for all other residential utility customers. Citing a number of the arguments articulated in the Public Comment submitted…Read More
Since the year 2000, nearly 5,000 identified Black men, women and children have been killed in fatal encounters with police across the United States. A Washington Post investigation found that the FBI undercounts fatal police shootings by more than half because reporting by police departments is voluntary. Until recently there was no comprehensive national database…Read More
New District Court Eviction Protocol On March 22, 2020 the Rhode Island District Court issued Administrative Order 2020-03 regarding District Court Eviction Protocol. The order sets out a phased re-opening of the District Court, with a plan to re-schedule hearings for cases that have already been filed, and new guidelines for cases filed on or after June…Read More
Per Rhode Island Supreme Court Executive Order 2020-04, all non-emergency matters—including judicial eviction proceedings—are on hold until at least April 17, 2020. However, courts are not staying removal of tenants for whom a judge has already issued a writ of execution.
This means that new evictions are not being processed, and in-process evictions are on hold, but where a court has already ordered that an eviction can proceed, sheriffs are allowed to remove tenants.
If you are a tenant facing eviction and you are in private housing (that is, not Section 8 or public housing), you can call the Center for Justice at 401-491-1101. If you are in Section 8 or public housing, please call Rhode Island Legal Services at 401-274-2652 (Providence office) or 401-846-2264 (Newport office).Read More
Updated 9/12/19. On September 4th, a group of high school students and Providence parents on behalf of their children filed a motion with the RI Department of Education demanding that a clear plan for the district be shared with the public before it is implemented. Parents and students were joined by representatives of several organizations…Read More