Welcome to East Providence!
New to the area? Here are a bunch of resources to help you get settled in.
3 Things You Gotta Do Before Move In Day
Aside from, you know, packing up your life and finding a place to live...
Moving truck

Will you be using a big moving truck on move-in day? You can park it while you unload on most streets in East Providence, but it might be an issue on some of the busier streets. Call the non-emergency Police line at 401.435.7600 to make sure your street isn't on the no-big-truck list.

Utility Setup

Get in touch with your utilities providers to make sure your lights/heat are on the first day you arrive, and to start shopping for internet/TV plans.

Change your address

A few days before you move, you can use the US Postal Service change of address form to forward your mail. If you do it shortly before you leave, hopefully no mail will fall through the cracks. You'll have to update magazine/newspaper subscriptions yourself, though.

Contacting Your Local Government

East Providence City Hall is at:

145 Taunton Ave
East Providence, RI 02914

You can head there between 8AM and 4PM on weekdays to ask questions, attend city council meetings, etc. You can also call them at 401.435.7500 to have your questions answered or get connected to various city departments.

Trash and Recycling Pick Up

East Providence coordinates weekly trash pick up for all residents. To find out which day of the week they'll be stopping by your place, call 401.435.7710 with your new address on hand.

Every other week they'll pick up your recycling, too. Make sure you put your recycling out on those weeks because if you don't have your recycling bin out they won't take your trash away, either.

To snag a recycling bin, head to 60 Commercial Way between 8AM and 4PM on a weekday. Your first bin is free and each additional one is $5.
Recreating in East Providence

Once you've settled into your new place, you'll have plenty of beautiful spots to explore in East Providence. Here are some of the most talked-about natural assets of the city:

Car Related Stuff

Within Rhode Island

If you are moving to East Providence from within Rhode Island, you legally have ten days to let the DMV know of your address change. There's no need to schlep to the DMV itself - just mail this form to Division of Motor Vehicles Attn: Address Change, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston RI 02920. There's not even a fee!

Out of State Transfer

You must move your license to RI within 30 days of moving to the state. To do so, you'll need to head to a physical DMV branch (there's no way to do it online) with your out-of-state license, as well as several other documents. You'll need:

  • proof of residency (utility bill, bank statement, or payroll stub)
  • a signature document (like a passport, social security card, or work/school ID)
  • another identity document (passport, birth certificate, or naturalization document)
  • $31.50 in cash, or a credit card
It's easiest to fill out the form when you are AT the DMV and waiting- don't bother printing it out at home to fill it out in advance. Super top secret tip: Go to the Cranston, RI DMV right when it opens (9AM) and you'll only have to spend around 30-90 minutes on this. It's worth mentioning that your first RI license will only be good for 2 years, as opposed to 5.

Changing your vehicle registration

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Looff Carousel in East Providence

Looff_Carousel_in_Crescent_Park "Meet me at Crescent Park when you move to East Providence!"
Tips for East Providence Renters
We read the RI landlord-tenant handbook for you.
1. Your landlord can't ask for a deposit that's greater than the monthly rent.

They can, however, require you to pay a deposit + the first month's rent + the last month's rent in order to lock down the lease.

2. Save signed and dated copies of everything you send to your landlord.

If you end up needing to go to court with them, heaven forbid, nothing you sent them will really count towards your case unless you can personally produce all the missives.

3. The city will come inspect your house if your landlord isn't taking care of business.

If you notify your landlord of an issue in your home and they don't fix it in 20 days, call the Minimum Housing Inspector at 401.435.7722 extension 11102.

4. You can make repairs yourself and deduct costs from your next rent payment.

If your landlord doesn't fix something in 20 days, instead of calling the inspector you can just take care of it yourself. Make sure you notify your landlord of what you're doing, save all the receipts, and don't spend more than $125 per fix.

5. The state will weatherize your home for free.

A weatherized home means a greener environment and lower energy bills for you. If you meet these income requirements give the East Bay Community Action Program a call at 401.437.0006 to start the application process.

6. You should really get Renters Insurance.

Your landlord's insurance will not cover any stuff (clothes, furniture) that you lose in the event of a fire, flood or burglary. Renters insurance in RI is dirt cheap (about $19/month) and will help you pay to replace these things without going broke/crazy. You should definitely get it. Not convinced? Learn more.

Health and Safety
Here is a handy list of emergency contact information for East Providence.

All Emergency911
Poison Control800.222.1222
Gas Leak/Emergency800.640.1595
Power Out (Nat. Grid)800.465.1212
Fire Department401.435.7677
Police Department401.435.7500

For info on medical resources and crime rates in East Providence, read below the fold.

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Roommate Fairness Tools
Organize bills, groceries, and rent

Make sure you create a good system for tracking who owes who and making sure bills and roommates get paid. I work on Splitwise, a website/iPhone/Android app which does all the math and tracking for you. Please give it a try! If you hate it, you can always go back to using a spreadsheet.

Split the rent fairly

If your bedrooms are of disparate quality (ie. one is much smaller than the rest), or if you are living with a couple, Splitwise also makes a tool called the SplitTheRent calculator to calculate a fair rent differential based on quality and size of rooms.

Value used furniture

If you need to put a fair price on your old furniture, or are trying to sell your share of a group couch from your last roommates, give the Splitwise furniture calculator a try. It uses age and condition to estimate a depreciated value.

Electricity, Gas and Internet (oh my)

National Grid provides electricity and gas service to people living in East Providence. Head to this online form to start service, or call 800.870.1664. Have your East Providence address and Social Security Number on hand! Note: You might successfully start service via the online form, and then get a follow up email saying you actually have to fax certain documents into the National Grid headquarters to start service, such as a signed lease agreement or photo copy of a voided check. Which documents certain people have to send and why is a total mystery to us still- just use the form and wait for further instructions from National Grid, is our recommendation.

To find internet, TV and phone plans in East Providence, use WhiteFence to research and compare all your options. Spoiler alert: Verizon and Cox are the most popular providers in Rhode Island.

The East Providence Home Improvement Program

East Providence has money from a federal grant, allowing it to offer low interest loans (3%) to residents who need to complete home improvement projects to keep their homes safe and healthy. If you're an East Prov homeowner or landlord in need of some capital to fix the roof, rewire the electric etc, check it out. To apply, it looks like you now must now call or email the coordinator for an application.

There's a waiting list for the program of about 30 people and they grant about 5 ast Prov even if you don't foresee doing improvloans a year, so it might be a good idea to apply right when you move to Eement projects- you might have something by the time they get to your name, and you can always decline the loan if you don't.

East Providence is Beautiful

East_Providence Aerial shot of East Providence

A Map of East Providence + The Surrounding Region

Map_of_East_Providence Click on the map to see detailed information on East Providence's demographics, economy, and more. Map courtesy of The Providence Plan.
Public Transportation

Rhode Island is connected by the RIPTA bus network. You can get from East Providence to downtown Providence in about 25 minutes using the bus. RIPTA has partnered with Google Maps to create a helpful trip planner for finding schedules and buses. For fare information, read below the fold.

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Registering to Vote

If you're headed to a DMV to do any of the car related stuff talked about above, you can register to vote while you're at the DMV. If you're not headed to the DMV anytime soon, go ahead and fill out this form and mail it to:

East Providence City Hall
145 Taunton Ave
East Providence, RI 02914

You'll need to enter your RI drivers' license number or your Social Security Number, so dig those cards out if you need to.

If you want to become active in East Providence local politics, head here to see a list of upcoming City Council meetings and agendas.

Registering your doggy

If you are moving to East Providence with a dog, you must register your pet with the city. Fill out this form and send it to:

City of East Providence
145 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

You will have to send proof of rabies vaccination along with the form, and a check or money order for $5-$33 (depends on your age, and whether the dog is spayed/neutered).

For pet emergencies, you can use the VCA Povar Animal Hospital at 15 1st Street in East Providence. Their number is 401.434.0106.

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