RI Centralized Waitlist
Cumberland Housing has joined the RI Centralized Wait List
Please visit the applicant portal at www.waitlistcentralri.com for more information on how to apply for the SECTION8/HCV LIST.
Please do not call the Cumberland Housing Authority for your wait list position. For help with your application please call: 457-1288.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal program, which assists very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in affording quality housing in the private rental market. Housing assistance payments are provided on behalf of the family or individual, subsidizing the cost so participants can find affordable rental housing. CHA administers 384 Housing Choice Vouchers.
Voucher Program participants are free to select any housing that meets the program requirements, and they are not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects. Rental units are required to meet minimum standards of health and safety. Housing Choice Vouchers are portable, which means participating families may move anywhere within the United States or its territories and still receive assistance, provided that the local housing authority is accepting vouchers.
Family Self Sufficiency Program
Assisting families in achieving economic independence!
The Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) is available to Housing Choice Voucher/Section8 Assistance program participants and was developed to promote economic self sufficiency to our Cumberland HCV families.
The goal of the FSS program is to assist you in meeting your short term and long term educational, career and personal goals. We partner together to set, and attain goals for your future!
Together with the FSS Coordinator you will develop a plan that will outline the steps you need to take to reach your employment goals. Your goals will reflect your aspirations for you and your family’s future.
Through FSS, participants who reach employment goals are rewarded with a monetary incentive program, the FSS escrow account. This account has allowed participants to pay off debts, buy a home, a reliable car and more.
The FSS program offers workshops including topics such as healthy relationships, job training, financial fitness, home buying and many more presentations to assist families in reaching their goals!
For more information you can contact the FSS Coordinator, 401-475-5281
Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program
Eligible Cumberland voucher holders may also use their Housing Choice Voucher to purchase a home through the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership program, once they meet eligibility requirements. The Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program is designed to assist families in achieving the dream of homeownership while having the security of the Housing Choice Voucher program. Through this program the monthly Housing Choice Voucher Housing Assistance Payment would be applied to a portion of the Monthly Homeownership expenses.
The Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program is essentially the same as the current Housing Choice Voucher Program with the exception that the family is the owner of the property. That exception allows families the opportunity to benefit from equity in the home, tax deductions and the pride involved in owning a home in Cumberland. The rules and regulations of the Housing Choice Voucher Program still apply in addition to other guidelines especially geared towards homeownership.