The RISN calculates a no-frills budget for families and single adults that includes the costs of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care and other necessities. The RISN also demonstrates how work supports like tax credits, food assistance and child care and health care subsidies help close the gap between income and expenses.
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.