Telephone Assistance: Landline and Cellphone Programs

There are a number of programs to assist low-income individuals pay for phone related costs. Landline Phone Assistance: Programs through Cox Communications and Verizon provide a discount on monthly local telephone bills and help reduce the cost of initiating telephone service. Discounts vary by company, but are approximately $8 – 13/month from a telephone bill and up to 50% off …

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 …

Full Guide to Assistance

Below is the Guide to Assistance in its entirety. Click the print icon above or below to print out the full Guide to Assistance.   INCOME SUPPORTS Child Support The Office of Child Support Services will help a custodial parent pursue a legal action to establish paternity, obtain orders of child support and medical support, or enforce existing child support …

Medicaid – Adults 65 and older & people with disabilities

The Medicaid program provides comprehensive medical coverage to seniors (age 65+) and people with permanent disabilities. People receiving SSI benefits  automatically receive Medicaid. Seniors and people with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Retirement or Disability benefits (or have other income) and have income/resources that exceed the SSI limits may be eligible for Medicaid under the rules described in this section. Note: People …

Child Tax Credit

Note: There are several major changes to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for 2021: the amount per child has been increased, and you will receive part of it as an advanced credit each month beginning July 2021. You claim the rest of the credit when you file your 2021 tax return in 2022. Click here to learn more. The Child …