About Raising RI
The Raising RI Coalition is a group of community, healthcare, social service and advocacy organizations that serve low-income families and families who are receiving or have received RI Works benefits. The Coalition seeks to help families meet their basic needs and obtain long-term economic security.
Support Economic Security for Families Receiving RI Works Benefits
RI Works is the state’s cash assistance program for children and their parents or caregivers and a work preparation program for the adults. It is time to make changes to the program to support both the short-term economic security of families receiving benefits and to break the cycle of poverty by providing parents with opportunities for well-paying, secure jobs.
In 2021, there are 2,500 families receiving benefits including 6,000 people. Just over ¾ of RI Works recipients are children and 43% are under the age of 6. Families receiving RI Works live in every city and town in RI except on Block Island.
Join as an individual and/or an organization to join in the effort to support our neediest children.
The Rhode Island Works benefit has not been increased in close to 30 years, while all other New England states have adjusted their benefit to help families’ purchasing power keep up with inflation. The 4,000 families currently enrolled in the program receive an average of $6/person/day. The benefit is 30% of the federal poverty level, meaning that 10,000 Rhode Islanders, including 7,200 children, are living in deep poverty (50% of the poverty level).
The Coalition seeks to raise the RI Works benefit to 50% of the federal poverty level over the next two years – to lift families out of deep poverty. In the first year, the benefit for a family of 3 would rise from $554/month to $711/month, giving families more resource for clothing, toiletries, housing, transportation, food and other basic needs.
Raising RI Legislation
WEBINAR - Faith to Action: A Conversation on the RI Works Program
June 15, 2020 - In 30 years the amount that people get through the RI Works program has not changed. People are still living on $6 a day. Watch the Community Conversation Webinar recording from Raising RI and the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty on the RI Works Program.
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- Center for Southeast Asians
- Community Action Partnership of Providence
- Community Care Alliance
- Comprehensive Community Action Program
- Cranston Clergy Association
- Direct Action for Rights and Equality
- Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
- Facilitate Change
- Foster Forward
- Genesis Center
- Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale
- Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
- Newport Partnership for Families
- Providence Public Library
- ResCare Workforce Services
- Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families
- Rhode Island Community Action Association
- Rhode Island Health Center Association
- Rhode Island Kids Count
- Rhode Island National Organization for Women
- Scandinavian Church
- Sojourner House
- St. Paul Catholic Church
- Temple Sinai
- The Economic Progress Institute
- The Latino Policy Institute
- The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty
- The Womxn Project
- Tri-County Community Action Agency
- United Way of Rhode Island
- Washington County Coalition for Children
- Westbay Community Action
- Woodridge Congregational Church
- Working Cities Newport