The Governor’s Department of Community Affairs and Outreach, RI Housing, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) today announced that they will host a RentReliefRI clinic, vaccine/booster clinic, and community resource fair at CCRI’s Newport Campus on Saturday, May 14, 10 am – 2 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Launched in March of last year, RentReliefRI provides financial assistance to cover rent arrears, forward facing rent, utility arrears and certain other housing expenses. RentReliefRI has been a lifeline for RI renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping thousands of families remain in their homes and catch up on rent and utility payments. The federally-funded RentReliefRI program will close to new applications on June 1, 2022.

The event is open to the community, however, individuals seeking Rent Relief assistance must make an appointment to meet with a program representative. Appointments can be made here: Walk-ins without appointments can learn more information about the Rent Relief program, but no application assistance will be provided without an appointment.

In addition to the Rent Relief clinic, the public can receive free COVID vaccines or booster shots and at-home COVID test kits, plus meet with multiple community service organizations about available resources and programs.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.