City Housing Authorities' Veterans' Preference

Program Description

RI General Laws 45-25-18 and 45-26-12 give wartime-disabled veterans first placement when space is available in public housing for the elderly. In addition, some housing authorities in RI have additional policies for veterans' preference for their housing programs.


  • Veterans’ preference in local housing developments: Cranston, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston (in elderly/disabled housing), Woonsocket.
  • Service-connected veterans’ preference: Burrillville (100% disability required), Bristol (in elderly housing), East Greenwich, Lincoln, Warren, Woonsocket.
  • Preference to families of deceased veterans: East Greenwich.
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket has a Pilot Chronic Homeless Program, in which 10 units are allocated to chronically homeless applicants. Disabled veterans and veterans who served in World War II or before are given preference.


  • For the state elderly placement preference, veterans must have been disabled while serving in war or conflict. Veterans must have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Veterans must fulfill all other eligibility criteria for the housing project.

How To Apply

  • For more information, contact the housing authority for your city or town at RIHousing

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