Applications being accepted for church apartments

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 5:00pm

The following was submitted by the Board of Trustees of the Harbor Church:

The process to apply for one of the four apartments currently under construction on the third floor of the Harbor Church has opened. These apartments are being offered under the “affordable housing” provision of the Town of New Shoreham zoning ordinances. These ordinances utilize Rhode Island state guidelines for maximum income. Qualified applicants, if more than four, will be entered into a lottery, projected to be held in late November.

Physical Descriptions:

The four apartments are completely remodeled within the exterior walls of the church building. Each apartment is approximately 400 square feet with a separate bedroom, complete bathroom with shower, and an apartment-scaled kitchen, including dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and microwave, set within brand new hardwood cabinets. Each apartment has a slightly different floor plan. Three apartments have direct ocean views! Access to the apartments is obtained by ascending two flights of stairs within the main church building or externally on the south west corner of the church building.

Application Process:

Applications may be obtained in the Fellowship Hall of the Harbor Church or at the State Airport desk or by emailing, available around October 6th. Completed applications must be submitted prior to Nov. 1 to P.O. Box 484, Block Island, R.I. 02807. Applicants are required to tour the apartments prior to submission of their application. Email to schedule an appointment or for assistance with the application.


A newly formed non-profit, HBC Affordable Apartments, will administer the occupancy process as well as the on-going management. This corporation is a separate entity from the Harbor Church.

Some specifics:

Occupancy: Designed for a single person, two is the maximum occupancy per unit.

Occupancy date: Targeted for Jan. 1, 2019.

Rent: Each apartment will be rented for $750 per month, plus an amount to offset common utilities, estimated at $150 for a single person and $200 for two. Neither electricity nor cable/internet/telephone is included in the common utilities.

Parking: Each unit may have one designated parking spot in the rear of the church yard.

Storage: Additional storage space is intended to be constructed in the basement of the church.

Lease: The term of the lease is 12 months and contains many provisions applicants will want to familiarize themselves with. Copies of the lease will be available at an informational meeting.

Qualifications Include:

- Annual income maximum is $67,000 for one, or $76,000 for two. The minimum is $37,000.

- Two-year history of residency on Block Island.

- Non-ownership of other residential properties on the island.

- A good credit history.