Housing - Land Use Study (2008) (PDF)

Know Your Rights: Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act

It is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. More information about Fair Housing: Fair Housing Brochure (PDF).

How Your Rights May Have Been Violated

Discrimination in renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities

For more, go to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): File a Complaint.

Down Payment Assistance Program

Barrington's Down Payment Assistance Program may provide up to $50,000 in down payment assistance to eligible households. Assistance will be scaled according to household size, household income, and household assets.

The Program is administered by the Community Land Trust of Rhode Island on behalf of the Town of Barrington. For additional information, to be pre-screened and to request an application, please call or email Melina Lodge, Executive Director of Community Land Trust of Rhode Island.

The Town of Barrington's Down Payment Assistance Program is available to all adult Barrington residents regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, gender expression or identity, sexual preference, military service, ability or disability.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

Income eligibility and home maximum purchase price has been updated as of 6/21/23

  • Be a current Barrington resident
  • Be a first-time homebuyer
  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines (Income is calculated on gross income for all persons in the household, from all sources):

1 person: $74,200
2 people: $84,800
3 people: $95,400
4 people: $106,000
5 people: $114,500

  • Have an executed Purchase and Sales agreement for a property located in Barrington that does not exceed the maximum purchase price:

1 Bedroom: $263,938
2 Bedroom: $298,809
3 Bedroom: $332,680
4 Bedroom: $360,312

  • Have institutional (not private) financing from a bank or mortgage lender
  • Occupy the home as their primary residence after purchase
  • Complete 8 hours of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved homebuyer education prior to closing
  • Contribute at least 3% of the purchase price of their own funds to the transaction
  • Sign a 30-year deed restriction that limits future sales of the property, and abide by all other program restrictions and repayment requirements
  • Pay an application fee of $500: $250 due at application and $250 due at closing