City of Pawtucket, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Pawtucket, approved 7-9-1981 as Ch. No. 1769. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Rental property — See Ch. 325.

§ 355-1 New, not previously occupied units.

A. 
The developer or owner, or their designee, of newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated subsidized housing shall advertise in one (1) or more of the local newspapers serving the City of Pawtucket regarding the availability of these new, not previously occupied apartment units. Said advertisements shall appear once per week for three (3) consecutive weeks and the cost of said advertisements shall be paid by the developer or owner. Said advertisements shall be a minimum of three by three (3 x 3) inches in size.
B. 
The developer or owner, or their designee, must notify in writing all persons on the Pawtucket Housing Authority waiting list of the availability of these new, not previously occupied apartment units.
C. 
Preference in filling vacancies in new, subsidized housing as defined above shall be given in accordance with the system described in § 355-4.

§ 355-2 Vacancies in existing subsidized housing.

A. 
The developers or owners, or their designees, of existing subsidized housing shall notify the Pawtucket Housing Authority of an existing vacancy. Existing subsidized housing does not refer to or include the Section 8 Existing Program, which is addressed in § 355-3, but rather refers to established subsidized housing which has been previously occupied.
B. 
Preference in filling vacancies in subsidized housing as defined above shall be given in accordance with the system described in § 355-4.

§ 355-3 Availability of Section 8 Existing Program subsidy certificates.

A. 
The Pawtucket Housing Authority shall notify persons on their waiting list of the availability of Section 8 Existing Program subsidy certificates.
B. 
Preference in assigning certificates as defined above shall be given in accordance with the system described in § 355-4.

§ 355-4 Preference system for vacancies.

A. 
Preference in filling the vacancies described in §§ 355-1, 355-2 and 355-3 shall be given those eligible applicants who meet one (1) or more of the following criteria:
(1) 
That they reside in the City of Pawtucket or are expected to reside in the city as a result of current or planned employment. Evidence of city residency may include, but not be restricted to, documents verifying one's eligibility to vote in Pawtucket or the eligibility of one's children to attend Pawtucket's public school system. Evidence of current or planned employment may include, but not be restricted to, a copy of a paycheck, a company identification card, a letter of confirmation from the employer or a copy of a pending job application signed by both the applicant and the potential employer.
(2) 
That they are on the waiting lists of the Pawtucket Housing Authority.
(3) 
That they have been forced to relocate because of a publicly funded project.
(4) 
That they are in need of emergency shelter.
B. 
The preference system for selecting tenants for subsidized housing as described in this section shall not be applied where it has been deemed inconsistent with the owner's HUD-approved Affirmative Fair Housing Market Plan or the affirmative fair housing marketing objectives of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

§ 355-5 Discrimination prohibited.

The procedures established by this chapter shall not be used to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

§ 355-6 Inconsistencies with state or federal law.

If any section or portion of this chapter shall be deemed inconsistent with state or federal law, said section shall be declared null and void and the remainder of this chapter shall remain in full force and effect.

§ 355-7 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any owner or developer who fails to comply with §§ 355-1, 355-2, 355-3 or 355-4 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and a penalty of two hundred dollars ($200.) per violation shall be imposed.
B. 
Any persons fraudulently stating or using any of the preference factors listed in § 355-4 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and a penalty of two hundred dollars ($200.) per violation shall be imposed.