Over one hundred forty thousand (141,035) Rhode Islanders lived in poverty in 2015, according to new data released today from the Census Bureau. The drop in the rate to 13.9% in 2015 from 14.1% in 2014 is not statistically significant. The poverty level for a family of four is $24,000.
This Guide provides information about government assistance programs and community-based resources that help low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders meet basic needs. The Guide provides a general overview, eligibility rules and application information for each program in the areas of Income Supports, Food Assistance, Health Care, Child Care, Housing, Utilities and Tax Credits.
Rhode Island is a unique place to work, live and raise a family. We have a tradition of compassion and community. We know how important it is for our neighbors to be able to meet their most basic needs.
We believe in a Rhode Island that is committed to the common good, that fosters economic progress for all its residents, and that invests in what it takes to create a healthy, vibrant community and pass opportunity on to our children.