Meeting Basic Needs in the COVID-Changing World

About this event During the pandemic, the federal government funded new programs and expanded benefits of existing programs to help people as they lost jobs, income, and healthcare coverage. But on September 6, millions across the U.S. and thousands in the Ocean State will lose their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which offered Americans a boost of $300 a week to …

COVID-19 Webinars

We have videos below with important COVID-19 information to help Rhode Islanders. While some of the information is out of date, the majority of the content is still relevant. WEBINAR – April 29, 2020 – The Economic Progress Institute, the Immigrant Coalition of Rhode Island, and The Latino Policy Institute hosted a webinar with local experts to learn about resources …

SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, provides a monthly benefit for the purchase of food items through an Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT). The card is used at participating supermarkets and convenience stores. The EBT card can also be used to buy food on-line at Amazon and Walmart. See our SNAP/EBT Online Factsheet (ENGLISH/SPANISH). The monthly amount depends on …

Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI)

The Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI) provides up to thirty weeks of benefits for people who cannot work due to illness or injury that occurred outside of the workplace (If you are injured on the job, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. Who Qualifies? To be eligible for TDI benefits, you must have: Earned wages in Rhode Island Paid …

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Provides cash assistance to persons age 65 and older and adults and children with serious physical or mental impairment(s). Maximum monthly payments in 2021 are $794 for an individual and $1,191 for a couple (if both spouses are eligible). SSI benefits are for individuals who have not worked and paid into the Social Security System or as a supplement to …