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Rhode Island Works

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).  Services are available statewide. The Rhode Island Works used to be called the Family Independence Program (FIP).  

How it Works

The RI Works Program encourages adult family members to work by offering the following benefits and support services: 

  • Cash Assistance is provided on a temporary basis to needy families that meet certain guidelines.
  • Health Care is provided through the RIte Care Program. Families can choose a participating RIte Care health plan. See RIte Care for more information.
  • Child Care Assistance is provided if needed.
  • Assistance with Finding Work or Job Training is also available.
  • Food Assistance is available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps).
  • Transportation reimbursement or bus passes are available to support preparation for employment.


Eligibility for the RI Works program is based on a family's income and resources. For more information, please make an appointment to see a DHS worker at a local DHS Office.

How to Apply

To apply, contact your local DHS Office. You will need to complete an application and provide proof of identity, income, assets/resources and expenses.

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