Resources to assist households with rent, mortgage payments, utilities and other basic necessities

Food Pantries & Childcare Assistance

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s largest program for fighting domestic hunger. SNAP helps eligible individuals and families by providing funds to purchase food. Eligibility for SNAP is based on income, deductions, household size and resources in some circumstances.


Rhode Island Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue, Providence RI 02907

Good Neighbors Inc.
55 Turner Avenue, Riverside RI 02915
Soup kitchen, food pantry, day shelter, clothing, etc.

St Vincent De-Paul/St. Brendan
60 Turner Ave, Riverside RI 02915
Provides utility assistance, budget, rent, food, clothing and holiday assistance

Bread of Life Food Pantry – Newman Congregational Church
100 Newman Ave, Rumford RI 02916
The food pantry is open on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Clients are invited to come to one opening per month.

Tap-in Barrington
281 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
Provides clothing, furniture, household items, food, etc.

The Elisha Project
65 Newport Ave #6, Rumford, RI 02916
The Elisha Project Share Market is an endeavor to address the ongoing and growing food inequalities in this country. We will come to your community and bring food, tents, and music to SHARE great food.

Riverside Congregational Church
15 Oak Avenue, Riverside RI 02915

Department of Human Services CCAP Program
DHS’s Office of Child Care supports the workforce in providing families with equitable access to high-quality, safe, affordable child care.

HealthSource RI
Human services programs, including Child Care Assistance, SNAP, Cash Assistance and health coverage for seniors and people with disabilities

Cabrini Fund
The Cabrini Fund provides scholarships to help working families with the cost of licensed child care.

Lighthouse Shops create a shopping experience where shoppers can compare products, read labels, make personal choices and “pay” for their purchases, just as they would at a local store. There is no actual charge for items received, but donations are requested. In the case where a shopper is unable or struggling to make a donation, the Lighthouse Shops become a free pantry.

Housing: Assistance with rent and mortgage payment

United Way
50 Valley Street, Providence RI 02909
The program provides emergency housing assistance to very low-income renters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness.

East Bay Community Action Program
100 Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914
Provides assistance with food, healthcare, housing, fuel, etc. In an effort to help those still struggling from the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic, East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) has begun working with RIHousing on the RentReliefRI program to help individuals obtain rent and utility assistance.

East Providence Housing Authority
99 Goldsmith Ave, East Providence RI 02914
Provides family self-sufficiency program, housing choice program, public housing, etc.

RI Housing
44 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903
RI Housing has a variety of programs to assist both homeowners and renters.

RI Housing Home Owner Assistance Fund
This program will help eligible Rhode Island homeowners remain in their homes.


Homes RI
1070 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
This website will provide renters fact sheets about evictions

Center for Justice
1 Empire Plaza, Suite 410, Providence, RI 02903
This website will provide information and guidance on Tenant Protection against Evictions and Help Paying Rent

Information for Seniors

Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging
25 Howard Avenue Bldg. 57, Providence RI 02920
This website provides a current contact list of senior centers and other local agencies available to assist older adults around the state

East Providence Senior Center
610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914
The East Providence Senior Center serves individuals 55 years of age or older, or any age and disabled. It provides directly or makes arrangements for the provisions of the following services: outreach, information, referral, socialization, education, health services, transportation, volunteer opportunities, nutrition, fitness and recreation. The Center has community partnerships with more than 25 different community agencies.

RI Elder Info
175 Danielson Pike, #223 North Scituate, RI 02857
RI Elder Info is an elderly support resource website for Rhode Islanders. Local resources for seniors, older adults and caregivers in East Providence can be found here. memory care facility resource provides detailed information to help caregivers and their families in Rhode Island better understand what memory care involves and how to choose the right community. 


Capital Good Fund
22 A Street, Providence, RI 02907
This website provides information on a Crisis Relief loan which can be used for (but is not limited to) paying utilities, covering medical bills, paying rent, and purchasing groceries

East Bay Heating Assistance Program
100 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside RI 02915
Provides low income home energy assistance and weatherization

National Grid
If you are a residential customer and meet the criteria, you may be eligible for a discount on your monthly gas and electric bill.

Mental Health Resources

East Bay Community Action Program
East Bay Center – Adams-Farley Counseling Center (Outpatient Services)
610 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI 02914
East Bay Community Action Program provides a wide array of health and human services to the residents of Rhode Island’s East Bay. Various resources are available through this website.

John P. Digits, Jr. Facility Emergency Services
2 Old County Road, Barrington RI 02806

Jules Hope Chest
505 Waterman Ave, East Providence, RI 02914
Jules Hope Chest is committed to helping the most vulnerable at need children in the state of Rhode Island by providing opportunities and resources that they may otherwise not experience.

East Providence Health Equity Zone
Locations throughout Rhode Island.
The East Providence Health Equity Zone project is a place-based initiative created to reduce and eliminate current health disparities and barriers to wellness. Through collaboration we work to empower residents with the skills needed to create community change.

Broadband Discounts

Verizon is offering the 100% fiber-optic network for less to those who qualify. Verizon also offers a discounted landline for qualifying individuals and families.

Cox Communications
Cox is committed to providing affordable internet options that help everyone keep up with family, friends, work and school. Cox is offers multiple options for discounted internet plans.

Federal Communications Commission
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program in an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service.