Looking for for shelter?

If you are in need of temporary shelter, you must call the Coordinated Entry System (CES) to access shelter.


As of December 8th, 2020 this help line is operated the Coalition for the Homeless and staffed with Help Center agents who will conduct an assessment and refer to eligible resources including diversion assistance and shelter.

Our hotline has extended its hours to include nights and weekends. 


Shelter is available for individual adults, couples, and families with children, but it is not guaranteed and space is limited.

For immediate shelter call our help line at 401-277-4316

M – F: 9AM – 9PM

Holidays & Weekends: 2PM – 9PM 

We currently serve the following languages:

English, Spanish, Portuguese, & Haitian Creole

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please call 1-800-494-8100

Homeless Service Resources

Looking for homeless services throughout Rhode Island? (Street Sheets)

Our "Street Sheet" guides are 1-page (double sided) pamphlets that provide a wealth of information about resources in Rhode Island for those experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, or hunger. Street Sheets are organized by geographic location within the state. The sheets are current thorugh July of 2019. *We are currently working on updating the Street Sheet pages. If you are looking for current data on services please view our COVID-19 resource page for community members at rihomeless.org/constituent-resources English


Looking for food assistance?

Please visit the Rhode Island Food Bank to find a food pantry near you. You can also apply for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) by visiting a Department of Human Services Office or applying online.

Looking for affordable housing?

Rhode Island Housing Guide Rhode Island Housing compiles a list of affordable housing in Rhode Island on their website. HousingSearchRI 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.

Facing rental eviction?

Funding and assistance may be available. Contact your local CAP Agency to speak with an advisor about which programs are best for you. For an online overview of housing and utility assistance programs view the Economic Progress Institute's Guide to Government Assistance Programs.

What are my rights as a tenant (renter)?

There are several resources that can help you understand and advocate for your rights as a tenant:

The Coaltiion hosts a Legal Clinic to provide legal advice to those experiencing homelessness. To learn more, visit rihomeless.org/legal-clinic

Facing foreclosure?

Help is available. The sooner you call, the more options you will have. Call the Rhode Island Housing Help Center at 401-457-1130. They will provide education and advice on your options. For a list of HUD-approved foreclosure avoidance counselors, go here.

What are my rights as a person experiencing homelessness?

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.

The data collected on our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is private and remains confidential with required client consent to collect information. Learn more information and read our privacy policy here.

Are you experiencing homelessness and facing legal issues?

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 We help with the following issues:

  • Housing
  • Social Security
  • Medical Assistance
  • Veterans' issues
  • Family Independence Program
  • Court procedures
  • Bankruptcy and identification issues
  • Food stamp benefits
  • Unemployment appeals,
  • General public assistance
  • Expungement (specially marked clinics only)

Do you have another question not addressed here?

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.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

1070 Main St, Suite 304, Pawtucket, RI 02860, USA

(401) 721-5685

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For immediate shelter call our help line at 401-277-4316

M – F: 9AM – 9PM

Holidays & Weekends: 2PM – 9PM 

We currently serve the following languages:

English, Spanish, Portuguese, & Haitian Creole