There are many resources statewide to help those experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, or hunger. In order to localize all of those resources we have put together the following page.
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Street Sheets are one-page, double sided, accordion fold pamphlets with regional information that would be useful to anyone experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, or hunger.
Street Sheets are current as of July 2019. For more up to date information on meal sites visit our COVID-19 resource page at
Homeless Bill of Rights
In 2012, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights, ensuring that no one is discriminated based on their housing status. For the first time, basic rights, such as the right to vote, to access gainful employment, or gain housing, can't be denied because someone lists a shelter or a street corner as their address.
Print out your rights and keep them on you at all times:
Tenant (Renter) Rights
There are several resources that can help you understand and advocate for your rights as a tenant:
The Coalition hosts a Legal Clinic to provide legal advice to those experiencing homelessness. To learn more, visit rihomeless.org/legal-clinic
Affordable Housing Search
Rhode Island Housing Guide
Rhode Island compiles a list of of affordable housing on their website rihousing.com.
Housing Search RI
HousingSearchRI.org is a free online service that provides easy access to information about available homes in Rhode Island. Whether you are looking to rent an apartment, buy your first home, or relocate to a new home that better fits your needs and budget, this site provides you with the listings and resources you need to find a home that's right for you.
Help is available. The sooner you call, the more options you will have.
Call the Rhode Island Housing Help Center at 401-457-1130, and they can provide education and advice on your options.
See a list of of HUD-approved foreclosure avoidance counselors here.
*HUD is the federal Housing and Urban Development department.
Legal Help For Those Experiencing Homelessness
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless runs a Legal Clinic for those who are experiencing homelessness and are facing legal issues. Learn more about our legal clinic at rihomeless.org/legal-clinic
Our clinics can help with the following issues:
Family Independence Program
Bankruptcy and identification issues
Food stamp benefits
General public assistance
Expungement (specially marked clinics only)
Call 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day from any Rhode Island phone to be connected with an operator who can provide you with information on resources based on your unique needs.
You can also visit 2-1-1 online to search for resources.