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  • SNAP UPDATE: Minimum Supplemental Payment Set for SNAP Recipients
    The federal government recently approved that some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will receive a minimum supplemental payment of $95 each month. Affected Rhode Island SNAP recipients will receive the April supplemental payment in April sometime after April 16, 2021.
  • Housing Assistance via Rent Relief RI
    Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. This program, Rent Relief RI through RI Housing, will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability during the pandemic....
  • DHS Announces Child Care Stabilization Grants
    CRANSTON, RI The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce a new grant program designed to support and stabilize Rhode Island's child care industry. The program will aim to alleviate some of the economic and operational hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and...
  • NEW: SNAP Increases Being Issued in March
    Since March 2020, SNAP households that weren't 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 approved a similar increase for March 2021. On or about March 3rd,...
  • A Change to DHS Call Center Hours
    The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) is announcing new Call Center hours Monday through Friday (except holidays) that will start on Monday, February 22, 2021. We have extended the time that we accept incoming calls to enter the system from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This additional time...

Customer Portal

The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) and HealthSourceRI (HSRI) online Customer Portal increases access to DHS, Health Coverage programs and personal case management by giving customers the ability to apply for benefits, see notices sent by DHS, complete renewal, report income and household changes and other functions. This deck explains more about the portal’s features and how to best use it.

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