State Government Press Releases

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05/04/2020
COVID-19 has challenged the State in many new ways, and we likely have yet to realize many other obstacles. The need to physically distance ourselves for the health and safety of everyone has increased the need for public benefits for many Rhode Islanders, particularly those who have found...
05/01/2020
As announced by Governor Gina Raimondo in today's press conference, a reopening for child care providers under new regulations is planned for June 1, 2020. Accordingly, the State extends its mandated closure of child care sites, family and center, through May 31, 2020 and the Department of...
05/01/2020
In March and April, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size received an increase to their benefits to bring them to the maximum amount. The Federal government has approved a similar increase for May. The Department issued these...
04/20/2020
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently granted Rhode Island the authority to issue Pandemic-EBT benefits (P-EBT) to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with one or more children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at...
03/30/2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On March 29, 2020, the State announced it is now mandating, and no longer just advising, all child care providers (centers and families) to close. As a result, the Department of Human Services suspended all child care licenses issued pursuant to R.I. General Laws 42-12.5-1 et...
03/27/2020
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) continues to do its part to serve DHS customers during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. To support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and their families, the Department worked with the federal government to...
03/25/2020
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the RI Department of Human Services announced three initiatives recently to help workers who may need child care during coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Starting March 24, 2020, workers (not just frontline workers as was initially announced) looking for child care can...
03/23/2020
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act implementing several initiatives to help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19. As a result of this legislation, the following are changes to the ABAWD policy. SNAP recipients who are age 18 through 49 who are...
03/20/2020
The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to helping its customers get the resources they need while the State responds to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). If more is needed beyond what can be received with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance benefits, here...
03/20/2020
CRANSTON, RI - The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) has been working to ensure we can serve our shared customers under the unusual and ever-changing time of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Below are some of the steps we've taken to maintain benefits and supports to our vulnerable neighbors while...