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Financial assistance programs Rhode Island.

The government, as well as non-profits, provide financial assistance for paying bills, grant money for paying rent or mortgages, free legal aid, and many other forms of help. Get help in all cities and counties in Rhode Island listed below. Find how to get financial aid, free items including food or gasoline vouchers and apply for government benefits.

Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Elderly (RIPAE)
This is a drug and prescription assistance program for elderly residents of Rhode Island. It can give the elderly free prescription drugs and other medical items. Call 462-3000

Rhode Island Mortgage Help and Foreclosure Assistance
Rhode Island offers mortgage and foreclosure assistance programs. Mediation, counseling, and other resources are available for struggling homeowners. Read more.

Another resource to turn to for housing assistance is the Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter. They offer a wide variety of rent, mortgage, and foreclosure help. Continue.

The state also has several non-profit organizations that offer free foreclosure prevention advice. Most are government certified HUD agencies. Click here.

Prescription Drug Assistance Program from RIRx
A statewide prescription discount drug card program, called RIRx, helps Rhode Island residents save money on prescription drugs. The RIRx card, which is free to all Rhode Island residents, provides discounts on both generic and brand prescription drug medications. The average savings are about 30%, and the card can be used by both uninsured people as well as those with full health insurance.

RIte Share
This is an assistance program that helps Rhode Island families get health insurance from either their employer or their spouse's employer. If a family qualifies for this government aid, RIte Share will help pay for part or all of the employee's share of the health care premiums. (401) 462-0311




Rental Assistance Programs
Federal government dollars are often provided to the state. The funds can be used for a variety of reasons and housing expenses. The funds can pay rent, utility or security deposits, provide credit and debt counseling, legal advice and even pay for moving costs. The assistance provided can last up to 18 months. Learn more.

RoadHome & Emergency Housing Assistance Program
This assistance program provides mortgage or rental assistance and cash grants to those experiencing a short term housing emergency. The program will provide up to $1,200 to eligible program participants for rent, security deposits, or mortgage payment assistance. (401) 222-2312

General Public Assistance Program (GPA)
Provides financial help and assistance with some prescription drug medications and doctors office visits. (401) 462-5300

Social Services and Emergency Aid
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services coordinates various government assistance programs. Get help, including medical care, free food, gasoline, help for paying energy bills, and other support. Read more on public and government assistance.

Child Care Assistance Program
Helps families in need pay for the high cost of good, quality child care. It will provide full or partial cash payments to child care providers chosen by the family. (401) 462-5300, or more on Rhode Island child care assistance programs.





Rent Assistance RoadHome Emergency Housing Assistance (RHEHA)
The RHEHA program was created to help Rhode Island families in need of housing help and to also reduce the number of families being evicted. It provides cash assistance and grants to families and individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless due to a short term housing emergency. RHEHA will give up to $1,200 to eligible people to help them pay for first month's rent. It also offers mortgage payment assistance or security deposits. Read more.

RIte Care
Rhode Island's Medicaid managed care insurance program is available for families with children up to age 19 and pregnant women. (401) 462-5300

RIte Smiles
This is Rhode Island’s new dental assistance program for young children who have Medical Assistance coverage.

Rhody Health Partners
A new health care insurance option for adults who are 21 years or older who have other Medical Assistance coverage or need insurance. (401) 732-7119

Financial and Crisis Assistance
Try calling the Salvation Army. Several centers operate in Rhode Island. They can provide referrals and case management, and possibly funds for paying rent, food, heating bills, and other expenses. More Rhode Island Salvation Army.

Food Stamps Program
This public aid resource will provide grants to individuals and families that may be working but are still struggling financially. Vouchers can be used to buy groceries and food, and also provide nutritional meals for themselves.

R.I. Works Program
This program provides grants and cash assistance (for example, currently $554 a month for a family of three) to help struggling families with a variety of bills, including emergency rental assistance, help put food on the table, and help pay utility bills.

Rhode Island Food Distribution Centers
Get information, locations, and phone numbers on places to contact for free food, nutritional support, or other non-financial aid. Read more.

Medical and Health Care from Clinics
Numerous non-profit health care centers and community clinics operate in Rhode Islands. Their primary goal is to provide free, high quality, and affordable medical care to individuals. More on Rhode Island clinics.

Patients that do not have health insurance or have limited coverage can look into Rhode Island and federal government programs to provide medical and health care. Some non-profits also provide services, including cancer screenings, medications, and check ups. Click uninsured Rhode Island medical programs.





Dental Clinics
Not only can residents get help for general medical needs from the clinics noted above, but some locations also focus on offering free or low cost dental assistance to Rhode Island families. More.

Legal Aid and Representation
Several pro-bono law firms in Rhode Island provide free legal support on civil matters. Meet with an attorney to review your rights on taxes, housing, and other matters. Read legal aid in Rhode Island.

Government Grants and Employment Services
Community action agencies can support the low income. Numerous self-sufficiency and employment services are offered, as well as applications for emergency financial aid. Read more.

Elderly and Senior Assistance
Older individuals or their caregivers can receive assistance from programs focused on their needs. Examples include discounted prescription medications, medical bill assistance, housing, food, transportation, and more. Learn more on Rhode Island Agency on Aging services.

Energy Bill Programs
Find how to get financial assistance for paying your heating, utility, gas, and other energy bills. Assistance is offered by several companies and organizations in Rhode Island. Click here.

Assistance From Rhode Island Cities and Counties


Kent County

Newport County

Providence County

Washington County (Wakefield)

Rhode Island Energy Bill Assistance

RISEO Emergency Fuel Program
This Rhode Island program is a separate program from LIHEAP and it offers emergency assistance to households that are experiencing an energy-related crisis, and will help families pay utility and heating bills.

Rhode Island LIHEAP Heating Bill Assistance
Helps families pay winter heating and summer cooling bills.

Good Neighbor Energy Fund
This help is available to any Rhode Islander who, because of some type of temporary financial difficulty or emergency, can’t pay their monthly energy bills.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
This program helps lower income households lower their heating bills by providing energy saving and efficiency improvements and services to households.







Free Home Heating Oil
The Oil Heat program from Citizens Energy offers free and/or discounted heating oil to those families that are struggling with paying winter heating bills. Citizens Energy works closely with many organization to provide free home heating oil.

UniBank Fuel Assistance Fund
Cash grants to help pay energy bills may be available to families who do not qualify for other aid or who have maxed out on assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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