To request a letter from the City of Providence for the Rhode Island Housing Acquisition and Revitalization Program (“ARP”), please fill out this form. The Department of Inspections and Standards will confirm the property’s status as to whether to the property meets HUD definition of blighted property as required by Rhode Island Housing program.
Blighted property is defined for purposes of this program as buildings that do not meet HUD Housing Quality Standards; are unsafe or unhealthy for persons to live in because of building code violations, dilapidation, deterioration; or faulty or inadequate facilities. Vacant lots that have been declared a public nuisance by a local building and inspections department will also be considered.
The purpose of the RI housing program is to stabilize neighborhoods and communities by strategically targeting foreclosed and/or blighted residential and commercial properties and vacant lots in need of redevelopment. The ARP will provide an incentive to qualified developers to purchase and redevelop foreclosed and/or blighted properties in Rhode Island. Financing is available to non-profit and for profit developers, municipalities and public housing authorities.
Please see RI Housing’s Announcement at https://www.rihousing.com/wp-content/uploads/ARPA-PD-Announcement.pdf