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RILS HOUSING LAW CENTER: COVID-19 UPDATES

Evictions Halted Until At Least April 17, 2020

With nearly all Americans being told to stay at home, COVID-19 has underscored the importance of housing stability for all Rhode Islanders. Approximately one third of Rhode Island families are cost burdened by housing, and thousands more have housing that is not stable, safe or secure. During this rapidly evolving state of emergency, Rhode Island Legal Services' ("RILS") Housing Law Center remains dedicated to keeping Rhode Islanders informed about housing-related COVID-19 developments. And while RILS is not accepting appointments in order to thwart the spread of COVID-19, we remain open and are monitoring relevant events as they unfold.

On March 17, 2020, Chief Justice Paul Suttell issued Executive Order 2020-4. The Executive Order provides, among other things, that non-emergency matters in Rhode Island courts will not be heard until after April 17, 2020. This includes evictions.

Please refer to our COVID-19 Updates for more information.

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Inspiring Equal Justice

  • Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures

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Our Mission

Rhode Island Legal Services provides high quality legal assistance and representation to low-income individuals and eligible client groups for the purpose of improving their economic condition and overall wellbeing by protecting and enforcing legal rights, stabilizing the family unit and communities where clients live, promoting self reliance, ending domestic violence, preventing homelessness, affording dignity to all people, and reaching out to groups with added burdens on their ability to access the civil justice system.