Statewide resources to help those experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, or hunger.
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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 to formally protect the rights of those experiencing homelessness. RI General Laws § 34-37.1-3. Homeless Bill of Rights states:
"No person's rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged solely because he or she is homeless. Such a person shall be granted the same rights and privileges as any other resident of this state."
Print out your rights and keep them on you at all times:
Know Your Rights (card, English)
If your rights as someone experiencing homelessness have been violated, follow these steps:
Take photos, video or audio of the incident.
Write down what you remember, or record as much of the incident as you can. Specifically what happened, where it happened, when, and who was involved.
Write down or record the name, badge number, license plate, or any other identifying information about the discriminating person.
Call or text: (401) 992-4185
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.