Looking for Shelter?
If you are in need of temporary shelter, you must call the Coordinated Entry System (CES) to access shelter. This hotline is operated and managed by Crossroads Rhode Island. CES staff will conduct a diversion assessment and try to locate shelter for the night. Individual adults, couples, and families with children. Shelter is not guaranteed and space is limited.
If it is during a cold weather or winter storm, you can view a list of Warming Centers across the state by clicking here.
If it is during a heat wave, you can view a list of Cooling Centers across the state by clicking here.
CES Hotline - (401) 277-4316
You may also view our "Street Sheets" guides if you are looking for other types of homeless services:
All Street Sheets are current through July of 2019.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please call 1-800-494-8100.
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 Other Help?
Additionally, you can 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.
Looking for Affordable Housing?
Rhode Island Housing Guide
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?
There are several resources that can help you understand and advocate for your rights as a tenant:
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, you can visit this website.
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.
Are you Homeless 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.
We help with the following issues:
Family Independence Program
Bankruptcy and identification issues
Food stamp benefits
General public assistance
Expungement (specially marked clinics only)
To sign up for an upcoming legal clinic, or to bring a clinic to your site, please contact the Coalition at 401.721.5685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.