Public Hearings

2018 Social Services Block Grant

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of Social Services Block Grant funding is “to furnish services directed at the goals of:

(1) achieving or maintaining economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency;

(2) achieving or maintaining self-sufficiency, including reduction or prevention of dependency;

(3) preventing or remedying neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults unable to protect their own interests, or preserving, rehabilitating or reuniting families;

(4) preventing or reducing inappropriate institutional care by providing for community-based care, home-based care, or other forms of less intensive care; and

(5) securing referral or admission for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate, or providing services to individuals in institutions.”

This proposed intended use plan for SSBG funds for the federal fiscal year 2018 is accessible on the DHS Website (see the Notice and State Plan link below) or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-1669. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the RI Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, First Floor #110, Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference Room. Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Friday, August 25, 2017 to Frederick Sneesby, Social Services Block Grant Administrator, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to frederick.sneesby@dhs.ri.gov.

2018-2019 Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of Social Services Block Grant funding is “to provide assistance to States and local communities, working through a network of community action agencies and other neighborhood-based organizations, for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient (particularly families who are attempting to transition off a State program carried out under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.))”

This proposed intended use plan for CSBG funds for the federal fiscal years 2018 and 2019 are accessible on the DHS Website (see the Notice and State Plan link below) or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-1669. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the RI Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, First Floor #110, Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference Room. Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Wednesday, August 23, 2017 to Frederick Sneesby, Social Services Block Grant Administrator, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Avenue, Cranston RI 02920, or email to frederick.sneesby@dhs.ri.gov.

2018 R.I. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the LIHEAP program is to assist Rhode Island’s income eligible households meet the increasing cost of home energy and reduce the severity of an energy related crisis. Funds are also used to improve the energy efficiency of income eligible homes. Rhode Island’s LIHEAP is administered by the Department of Human Services. LIHEAP intake and outreach is provided by local Community Action agencies (CAP).

This proposed state plan is accessible on the DHS Website (see the Notice and State Plan link below) or available in hard copy upon request (401) 462-6424. A public hearing will be held to consider the proposed plan on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the RI Department of Human Services Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Ave. Fl #1 Cranston, RI 02920 in the West Wing Conference Room. Persons wishing to testify may do so by signing up at the hearing or by submitting written testimony by Friday, August 18, 2017 to Lewis Babbitt, Energy Assistance, Department of Human Services, Louis Pasteur Building, 57 Howard Ave. Cranston RI 02920, or emailed to Lewis Babbitt.