Washington County Rhode Island assistance programs.

Find information on how to get help with bills, rent, and other expenses in Wakefield and Washington County Rhode Island. Get information on where to apply to for assistance, and who to call.

Help for rent, utility and heating bills, free food, and other aid

Saint Mary's - Saint James' Community Food Pantry - A wide variety of assistance programs and resources are offered to people who need help. Among the options available include Rent Payment Assistance, Food Pantries, Diapers, Clothing, Holiday Donations and Meals, A Soup Kitchen, and Information and Referral on Rhode Island and federal government programs. Charlestown. Call (401) 364-9413

South County Community Action helps the working poor, low income, and others in need in Washington County. The number and types of programs and resources offered are extensive, and include some of the following.

  • Rent and mortgage help - Renters and homeowners can get help with rental expenses, mortgage assistance and security deposit assistance for foreclosure and eviction prevention. In addition, get assistance with resolving tenant/landlord disputes. Learn more on Rhode Island mortgage programs.
  • Free food and food bank - The agency can offer canned goods, peanut butter, pasta, breads, grain, juice, rice and flour and other groceries and foodstuffs.
  • Heating bill assistance - Low income and other qualified individuals can get assistance with paying heating and utility bills during the cold Rhode Island winter months. Aid is provided to families and individuals to help them reduce home-heating costs and bills, including gas, electric, wood, propane, oil, kerosene and emergency shut off and disconnection assistance.
  • Heating System Repair - Get repairs to your furnace or heating system.
  • Furniture and Clothing banks and distribution.





Some of the other programs offered include Tax Preparation Assistance, Help for Paying Utility Bills, Head Start, Home Rehabilitation and Repair Services, and Government Benefits Assistance among others.

Call the Wakefield based South County Community Action at (401) 789-3016

Non-profit Jewish Services – The agency can offer referrals and maybe some direct financial aid. Case managers can offer information on financial assistance, including eviction prevention, heating bills, and grants for paying rent. Home care may be coordinated for the disabled and elderly. Other programs in Washington County include a food pantry, Lifeline RI medical alert, home delivered meals, and more. Click here.

Free toys, meals and gifts at Christmas may be offered across Washington County. Children from low income households may benefit. The homebound in the area may also register to have a volunteer drop by as well to bring them a meal or gift as well as some form of holiday joy. These also run at Easter and Thanksgiving. More holiday help in Washington County.

Salvation Army in North Kingstown offers information on short term and long term assistance programs. The charity, which operates as a church, can pass out free food boxes or seasonal items, such as school supplies or Christmas gifts. There is also shelter, vouchers, and ministry services. The non-profit also offers referrals to financial help, including loans, such as for paying heating costs, rent or housing expenses. and other bills. More on Washington County Salvation Army.

Community action agencies in Washington County Rhode Island

There are two other options and places to turn to for help, advice, and assistance. While the following two agencies do not necessarily focus on Washington County, they do have some programs that cover the entire state. Call Comprehensive Community Action Program at (401) 467-9610 or the WestBay Community Action, Inc. at (401) 732-4666.




Non-profit Crossroads - This is another agency that may be able to assist. A wide range of assistance programs and services are available. They range from self sufficiency type resources (such as free credit counseling, job placement, and education) to emergency housing. The agency can support Washington County families and individuals that are homeless or facing eviction. Shelter, transitional housing, and other resources are available to low income qualified residents.

If Crossroads can't help you, then they may have referrals. The organization can be a place to turn to for details on government benefits and public aid as well. Read CrossRoads Rhode Island.


By Jon McNamara

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