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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on April 26, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Rhode Island, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resource Center website or Rhode Island's Department of Health website

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Description of Program and Relief

Rhode Island Works (RIW) Program

Rhode Island Works (“RIW”) is a comprehensive program that offers cash assistance (between $449-634 for families of two to four people; $80 a month for each additional member); assistance with finding work or job training; transportation reimbursement or bus passes; and childcare assistance programs.

COVID-19 amendments:

  • Vendors offering job training programs have provided options for remote engagement with families.

  • Employment plans needing signatures will be mailed to parents to be signed, and either returned via pre-paid envelopes in the mail or uploaded to the customer portal.

  • Families whose job or training program is closed due to COVID-19 will be granted a good cause exemption rather than face sanction for not fulfilling the requirements of their employment plan.

  • RIW has delayed recertification and interim requirements for March 2020, and will do so again for April 2020. Additionally, they are in the process of lifting both work education and training and office of child support services sanctions on parents.

Government or Lead Agency

Department of Human Services

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligibility requirements can be found at this link.

To receive assistance through this program, applicants must have a dependent child or be pregnant, meet the income limits, meet the asset limits (up to $1000 in resources, home excluded), meet work requirements, and must live in Rhode Island and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Call 1 (855) MY-RIDHS (1 (855) 697-4347) or TTY 1 (800) 745-5555 (for hearing impaired).

To Apply

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