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RI Works

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Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

Cranston, RI 02920

About RI Works

Financial assistance for working parents or parents looking for work.

To receive assistance through this program:

-You must have a dependent child or be pregnant
-You must meet the income limits
-You must meet the asset limits
-Most families must meet work requirements
-You must live in Rhode Island and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Because the overall goal of RIW Program is to encourage families to work and become self-sufficient, parents who work may still qualify for cash assistance and other help, including health care coverage, child care subsidies, and SNAP benefits (food assistance).

DHS social caseworkers work with parents to develop an employment plan that outlines activities they must do to improve their success in the job market.

Most parents will first be required to search for employment. Single parents must work or prepared for work an average of 20 or 30 hours per week depending on the age of the youngest child. Job training and education may be recommended. Website is available in Spanish and other languages by choosing “Settings and Language/Translate this page” in the upper right.