Rhode Island, which is also known as the Ocean State, is one of the best states to live in because of its low crime rate, affordable homes, quality education options, outdoor-indoor activities, and nature. The state has been organizing various festivals, sports activities, and entertainment events for everyone to enjoy. Although Rhode Island has a great number of advantages, it might not be easier for everyone to live in this state. It is slightly more expensive than the other states. Therefore, the State of Rhode Island, federal authorities, and charity-based organizations provide many programs and benefits for low-income people and families such as financial assistance, utility bill assistance or housing assistance.
Financial and Cash Assistance
Rhode Island Province Community Action Program (PROCAP) is a charity-based organization that has been cooperating with various community centers and local non-governmental organizations. Local low and very-low-income families and individuals who are in need of emergency financial assistance are welcome to apply for this program. Eligible applicants will receive a certain amount of financial help, rental help, security loans, or according to their financial status. Low-income single parents, children, pregnant women, and the elderly are given priority. For more information, please visit https://cappri.org/ or make a phone call at 1 401 273 2000.
Rhode Island Works is a financial support program that was created and has been funded by the State of Rhode Island Department of Human Services. This program not only offers cash assistance but also provides employment assistance, especially for very low-income parents and families who have school-age or young children. Qualified participants will be receiving monthly cash support depending on their income level. The link to their official website is as follows https://dhs.ri.gov/programs-and-services/ri-works-program or by phone at 1 855 697 4347.
Housing and Rent Assistance
Rhode Island Housing is a local nongovernmental organization that has been serving the society for a long time. Low and middle-income persons and families who are in search of housing support are encouraged to apply for this benefit. Accepted persons will be able to live in a decent, safe, and affordable home. Some of the applicants may also receive monthly rental support. To learn more information, please take a look at https://www.rihousing.com/ or dial 844 459 3699.
Rhode Island South Province Neighborhood Ministries is a local nonprofit organization that was created and has been sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church since 1902. Low and middle-income individuals and families who are in need of housing support are eligible. Accepted participants may also get help with household items and furniture. Learn more information at https://spnm.org/ or contact 401 461 7509.
Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program, which is also known as Medicaid, was established and has been sponsored by the federal authorities for low and very low-income persons and families. Persons and families with limited income and resources are qualified for this benefit. Eligible persons are able to enroll in the program and benefit from free health coverage. Low-income people, seniors, individuals with disabilities, children, single, and pregnant women are given priority. Some of the health services are as follows:
- Laboratory Tests
- Inpatient Hospital Care
- Doctor Visits
- Mental Health Services
- Nursing Support
- Routine Screenings and Vaccines
- Part-time Home Healthcare
- Medical Equipment Support
- Hospice Care
- Outpatient Hospital Care
- Emergency Room Visits
Medical assistance may also differ based on the specific case. Read more information at https://healthsourceri.com/medicaid/ or dial 1 855 840 4774.
RIte Care is a health assistance program that was formed and has been managed by the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services for needy families with children and pregnant women. Depending on the applicant’s case, the extent and duration of the health support may vary. To learn further information and apply, please go to https://eohhs.ri.gov/Consumer/FamilieswithChildren/RIteCare.aspx or contact DHS Call Center at 1 855 697 4347.
Utility Bill Assistance
Rhode Island Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is an energy assistance program that was founded and has been financed by the federal government. Low-income families and people who are not able to pay their utilities are eligible for this benefit. Eligible applicants will be receiving monthly cash support to pay their utility costs. Some applicants may also have heating support, cooling assistance, low-cost residential weatherization, energy crisis intervention, and energy-related home repairs. For further information, please go to https://dhs.ri.gov/programs-and-services/energy-assistance-programs/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap or make a phone call at 1 855 697 4347.
Narragansett Electric is a local energy company that has been helping the community with its utility expenses for a certain period of time. This company offers divergent benefits based on the applicant’s economic status. Qualified persons may receive monthly cash assistance, monthly discounts on their utilities, and energy-efficient equipment. Read more information at https://www.dnb.com/ or give it a call at 401 461 8828.
Rhode Island Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is also known as food stamps, was built and has been funded by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services for low and middle-income families and people who are having trouble purchasing healthy and nutritious food. Its main criteria are income, expenses, resources, and the number of people living in the home. Qualified people will have electronic benefits transfer cards that can be used at local markets and grocery stores. The monthly amount of money differs from $250 to $1504. See more information at https://dhs.ri.gov/programs-and-services/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/ or call 1 855 697 4347.
The Rhode Island Food Access Project has been launched recently by the State of Rhode Island for needy seniors who are aged 60 or over. Senior citizens who need healthy and nutritious food for their health but are not able to cover it are encouraged to consult this program. Accepted applicants will be able to have meals at participating restaurants for free across the state. For further information, please click the link https://health.ri.gov/programs/detail or by phone at 401 222 2749.