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 While some of the information is out of date, the majority of the content is still relevant.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 …

Guide Page: Paid Sick Leave

Rhode Island’s many full and part-time workers can accrue time off under the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act. Workers earn 1 hour of time for every 35 hours they work. The maximum amount of time that can be accrued is 40 hours. Workers can take time off when they are sick or to take care of a family …

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 …

Medicare Premium Payment Program

These programs pay for some of the cost of Medicare for seniors and people with disabilities who are not otherwise eligible for Medical Assistance. Medicare Part A covers hospital services.  There is no monthly premium but there are co-pays and deductibles.  Medicare Part B covers doctors’ visits and other medical costs.  There is monthly premium for Medicare Part B which …

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC)

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is a federal and state tax credit that allows working people to deduct a percentage of their costs for child care or for care provided for an incapacitated dependent from the amount of federal taxes owed. The federal CDCTC is not refundable. The state CDCTC is 25 percent of the federal credit the …