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, Walmart and Aldi’s. For more information, see the DHS Online Shopping Guide with …

Emergency Shelter

Unhoused Individuals: For assistance finding temporary shelter for unhoused individuals, call 2-1-1 or the RI Coalition for the Homelesness (401-721-5685). Domestic Violence: For shelters for victims of domestic violence, contact the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, (401) 467-9940. Questions about your rights For assistance to challenge evictions, contact The Center for Justice (401-491-1101) or RI Legal Services (401-274-2652) Foreclosure Assistance Rhode Island …

Free Clinics

If you don’t qualify for Medicaid or HSRI coverage, there are several places to go for regular health care. These places provide care regardless of a person’s immigration status, although they may ask about your status to help determine whether you may be eligible for coverage. Providers must keep this information confidential.There are two Free Clinics in Rhode Island for …

Hospital Free Care

Each hospital in Rhode Island has a “charity care program.”  The hospital may cover all or part of the bill if the applicant is unable to pay.  The income limit is 200% FPL for full coverage and up to 300% FPL for partial coverage.  Hospitals can choose to apply an asset test in determining eligibility for charity care.  The hospital should …

Emergency Medical Assistance

Individuals that meet the eligibility criteria for one of the Medical Assistance Programs (seniors, people with disabilities, children, and parents and adults age 19-64) but who are ineligible for benefits because of immigrant status (including undocumented individuals, Lawful Permanent Residents ineligible due to the 5 year bar and other legally present immigrants who are not eligible under federal rules) may …

Supplemental Food Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC)

Provides vouchers to purchase nutritionally appropriate foods and nutrition education to pregnant and post-partum women and children under age five. Who Qualifies? Pregnant women Mothers with babies under 6 months old Mothers who are breastfeeding Babies Children under age 5 who are at nutritional risk Fathers, grandparents and foster parents can also apply for WIC for children in their care Citizen …

Free / Reduced School Meals

Provides breakfast and lunch to school aged children at no or reduced cost. Who Qualifies? School-aged children through grade 12 whose families meet income guidelines No requirement to document citizenship or immigrant status Income and Resource Limits There is no resource test.  Depending on income, the child receives a free or reduced price meal.  Children whose families receive SNAP benefits …