As we are monitoring developments every day, the Economic Progress Institute staff are especially focused on the effects of COVID-19 on those who have low incomes, or who are ill or disabled. These Rhode Islanders will bear greater burdens than most — not just from the virus but also from the social distancing we must follow to contain the virus's spread.
We have prepared several fact sheets about accessing benefits and services to help Rhode Islanders and community helpers understand the resources available to them during this crisis.
COVID-19 Update: Testing for all
With expanded testing opportunities in Rhode Island, Governor Raimondo says all residents who are feeling sick should get tested. This includes immigrants, regardless of status. Governor's message to immigrants: don't be afraid to get tested if you feel sick.
Other Local Resources
- DHS Letter to Child Care Providers on State Mandating Child Care Sites to close
- Care.com - Partnership with State of Rhode Island
- Press Release from Governor Raimondo on Care.com and Emergency Child Care
- Rhode Island Department of Health Food Sites for Children
- Rhode Island Community Food Bank Food Shelter List
- Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless COVID-19 Housing Resources Page
- Homes RI Tenant FAQ - ENGLISH (as of 3.23.2020)
- Homes RI Tenant FAQ - SPANISH (as of 3.23.2020)
Older Rhode Islanders
Rhode Islanders with Disabilities