Kent County Rhode Island assistance programs.

There are several non-profit organizations to turn to for help in Kent County and Coventry Rhode Island. Various organizations can help people with housing and rent concerns, provide aid for utility and heating bills, and other forms of financial assistance and support. Below you will find information on various agencies and non-profits in the local area.

Comprehensive Community Action Program

Among other programs, they offer a service known as emergency social services. This assistance program will help low income, elderly and others who need help. The social services program provides applicants with a wide range of emergency services and support including shelter, food assistance, shelter, rent and utility bill help, clothing and furniture. In addition, emergency shelter and food is also available for those individuals and families who are faced with a crisis situations. They administer another assistance program that is known as the Emergency Food program, which also distributes food and groceries through the RI Temporary Emergency Food Program (TEFAP) as well as holiday baskets for needy families in their time of need.

One of the main needs for families in the area is fuel and heating bill help. So the non-profit runs a program known as Fuel Assistance / Low Income assistance. The primary purpose of the federal government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to help low income Rhode Island households to meet the increasing cost of home energy and heating bills, and to help them reduce the severity of energy related crises that they may experience. They also run the weatherization program. The Weatherization Assistance Program will help to enable low to moderate -income families in Kent County to permanently reduce their home energy and heating bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The program is free to qualified individuals.

Call the Comprehensive Community Action Program at (401) 467-9610.

Financial assistance programs

Kent County, Warwick, and Coventry are served by WestBay Community Action, Inc. This non-profit agency also offers a multitude of assistance programs to those in need.




  • Rent and housing assistance - Two different options include the Rhode Island Home Emergency Housing Assistance Program (RHEHA) as well as the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). Between them the programs may be able to assist qualified applicants with paying back rent, assist with funding security deposits or even mortgage payments. In addition, the HPRP program may be able to help with future rent payments. Find additional Rhode Island mortgage programs.
  • Utility and heating bill help - Two different services offered include the Salvation Army’s Good Neighbor Fund as well as the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP). Both provide grants and funding to pay utility bills and money to prevent a disconnection.
  • Prescription assistance - People over 65 years old can get help with medications from the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance Exchange (RIPAE). Funds can pay for a portion of their medications.

Call Warwick Rhode Island WestBay Community Action, Inc. at (401) 732-4666.

Another regional non-profit is the Tri Town Community Action Agency. This center supports Kent County, East Greenwich and all of northeastern Rhode Island. Dozens of assistance programs and social services are administered. Some of the main categories include education and job search assistance. Funds for paying rent or energy/heating bill may be available, mostly from government grants. Also work with credit counselors to reduce debts or improve your credit profile. Food assistance programs can also meet the needs of the less fortunate, and holiday help is offered from resources such as the Toy Distribution program. Find more Tri Town assistance programs.

Jewish Services of Rhode Island (Kent County) – Resources range from direct financial aid, including loans, to home care for the elderly and the disabled. Funds can be used for rent or security deposits. The non-profit will also distribute food and case management. Some of the programs are restricted by faith. Read more.

Crossroads of Kent County is a resource to turn to in your time of need. Homeless, very low income, seniors, and the disabled are some of the primary beneficiaries. As funding and resources allow, the non-profit works with clients to address a number of issues. Specialists will work with people on employment matters. Or get information and referrals to housing programs, including permanent placement. Other resources include shelter for women and supportive housing. Click here.





Kent County holiday programs - Families, ranging from the working poor to elderly, can register for assistance. There are churches and charities that have volunteers that serve free meals. Or Adopt a Family programs may have gifts for children. Find free Christmas assistance in Rhode Island.

Food vouchers and pantries

South County Community Action can provide food vouchers to eligible low income individuals and families to help them support their nutritional needs of both them and their families. Funds and the vouchers are provided by both the United Way and The Rhode Island Foundation. Dial (401) 789-3016.

Kent County residents have other programs available to them. In particular, the state can direct individuals to food banks and pantries, churches, or public aid such as food stamps or WIC. Each of these services can help lower income and struggling Rhode Island residents feed themselves and their families. Read more on government programs.

There are many non-profits that run food pantries too. These locations collect donations and surplus items from the community. Many also offer other basic needs, and examples of those can be clothing, school supplies, diapers, and more. For information on everything from WIC vouchers to groceries, locate the food pantries in Kent County.




By Jon McNamara

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