The Department of Human Services' Rhode Island Works Program offers temporary cash assistance, health coverage, child care assistance, and help finding job training or a job. This program is available for pregnant women and adults with children under age 18 (or under age 19 if child is a full-time student). Since the goal of the program has always been to encourage families to get into the workforce and become more self-sufficient, those who are working or are involved in some type of job training, and fall into a certain income bracket may still qualify for some cash assistance and other important benefits including health care coverage, child care subsidies and food assistance. Services are available statewide. The Rhode Island Works used to be called the Family Independence Program (FIP).
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Rhode Island, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.
To apply, contact your local DHS Office. You will need to complete an application and provide proof of identity, income, assets/resources and expenses.