Additional Resources for Unemployment Insurance Customers
Many Rhode Islanders experiencing long-term unemployment have exhausted or may soon exhaust the maximum unemployment insurance benefits currently available. Here are other resources available to Rhode Islanders experiencing financial difficulties. If you were considered ineligible for these services while you were collecting unemployment insurance benefits, you may become eligible when your benefits are exhausted.
Programs operated by the RI Dept. of Human Services (DHS)
RI Works - provides temporary cash assistance for low-income and unemployed parents with children. If you and your children need temporary assistance, request an application at one of the DHS offices. You can talk to a DHS representative Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM by calling 1-855-MY-RIDHS.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. SNAP recipients qualify for benefits based on their income, the resources they have and the number of individuals in their household. Pick up a SNAP application at DHS sites around the state. Click here for a complete list of DHS offices. Click here for eligible requirements for the SNAP and other DHS programs.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Assistance - helps income eligible families pay their heating bills. HEAP is a grant. You are not required to repay it. View current income guidelines. Apply at your local Community Action Agency.
State of Rhode Island-Child Support Services - Parents who have a child support order or a medical order and have either lost their jobs or are working reduced hours may request that the RI Family Court modify the child support order. More information on filing a motion for relief can be found online at www.cse.ri.gov, or by telephone at (401) 458-4400.
netWORKri One-Stop Career Centers - a partnership of professional labor, training and education organizations that match job seekers with employers.
United Way 2-1-1 Rhode Island offers information on many services in your geographical area, including: basic needs (food, shelter), child care, health services, individual and family counseling, disability services, emergency shelter, energy/utility assistance, financial assistance, homelessness, housing/rent assistance, suicide prevention and transportation assistance. Call 2-1-1, or visit www.211ri.org. Click here for the summer food program.
HealthSource RI - you can sign up for health insurance any time your life changes and you need health insurance.
The Economic Progress Institute Guide to Assistance - nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders. Individuals may access information on various programs for individuals and families.
Offer of Compromise - Internal Revenue Service - an agreement between a taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that settles the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program operated by RI Housing - helps income-eligible participants afford safe, healthy homes in their community. The Housing Choice Voucher Program allows the individual or family to choose a home, including their present home, and use a voucher to obtain rental assistance. The landlord must agree to the terms of the program and the home must meet safety requirements. Click here to visit the "For Renters" web page.
Rhode Island Free Drug Card - Rhode Island residents may have access to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. This program has “LOWEST PRICE” logic to guarantee that you pay the lowest price on your prescriptions. RIRx is accepted at over 50,000 pharmacies around the country.