Rhode Island

Excel Academy offers free and confidential assistance to our families in a variety of areas, including information related to immigration services and access to benefits like health insurance.

Call 617-466-9384 to speak with the Excel Academy Benefits Access Team about health insurance, SNAP, or any other questions.

Comprehensive Support Services

  • UnitedWay 2-1-1 Rhode Island

    UnitedWay 2-1-1 Rhode Island

    • Free and confidential resources for assistance with housing, food, childcare, and so much more.
    • When unable to obtain or research for local resources, families can dial 2-1-1 to be connected with a trained professional who has knowledge of all local resources.

Health Insurance

  • Medicaid/Medicare Insurance

    Medicaid/Medicare Insurance

    • Options included Affordable Care Coverage, Katie Beckett, Medicaid for Elders and Adults with Disabilities (EAD); and Sherlock, which is Medicaid for working people with disabilities. We also determine eligibility for the Medicare Premium Payment Program for those with federal Medicare.
  • Health Source RI

    Health Source RI

    • HealthSource RI was created because buying health insurance is complicated. HealthSource RI helps to cut through the confusion and connect Rhode Islanders with affordable, high quality coverage.
    • The state’s official marketplace for health insurance coverage. That means they are your only source for getting tax credits to lower the cost of your health insurance. If you don’t get affordable health insurance through a job or a family member, you can obtain health insurance through HealthSource RI.
      • Location: 401 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI, by appointment only, Phone 1-855-840-4774

Immigration Services




    • SNAP, formerly called food stamps, is the nation’s largest program for fighting domestic hunger. Federally funded and state administered through the Department of Human Services (DHS), who are committed to providing low-income individuals and families with resources to purchase food.
  • P-EBT Cards

    P-EBT Cards

    • Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is a special SNAP benefit granted by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to further help families during the COVID-19 global health crisis that started in the spring of 2020.
    • There is no application. DHS works with the Rhode Island Department of Education and schools throughout Rhode Island to determine who is eligible.

Tax Assistance

Rental & Utilities Assistance

  • Rental Assistance

    Rent Relief Rhode Island

    • Rhode Island renters having challenges covering rent and/or utility payments due the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for up to 18 months of assistance through the new RentReliefRI program. The program can pay for rent and utilities owed back to April 1, 2020 and can also cover up to three months of upcoming rent.
    • Phone: 1-855-608-8795
  • Utilities Assistance

    • LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps eligible low-income households pay their heating bills through federal grants to the household. There are two components to this program.
    • LIHWAP – Low Income Home Water Assistance Program helps eligible low-income households afford and maintain access to drinking water and wastewater services through federal grants. One-time payments are made directly to the household’s utility company. Program is only available until September 2023 or until all funds are exhausted.
    • Rhode Island Energy (Electricity and Gas) Assistance
      • Program has 6 different programs for customers: Discount Rate, More Time to Pay, Forgiveness Plan, Budget Plan, Grant Program (HEAP), and Shut-off Protection

Legal Resources

Mental Health Resources

  • Adult – BHLINK

    • Adult – BHLINK – 975 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI, 02915, Phone 401-414-LINK
      • This is a Triage Center for immediate help with a substance use or mental health crisis.
  • Children – KidsLINK

    • Children – KidsLINK – Bradley Access Center, 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence, RI 02915, Phone: 1-855-543-5465
      • Operated through Bradley Hospital and is accessible to families to triage next steps for children’s mental health treatment if needed

Victims of Crime

Homelessness Resources

Additional Resources

  • Child Care Resources

    Child Care Resources

    • The Starting RIght Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) program can subsidize the cost of child care for families that are residents of Rhode Island. CCAP is available for children who are US citizens or legal residents and under age 13. The age can be extended to 18 if the child has special needs.
  • General Public Assistance

    General Public Assistance

    • The General Public Assistance (GPA) program provides time-limited cash assistance to adults 18 to 64 years of age who have very limited income and resources and an illness or medical condition that keeps them from working while awaiting SSI determination.
    • Funeral or Burial Services
      • The GPA program also funds funeral and burial services for GPA recipients and indigent individuals. The cost of burial services is limited to $900 and is reduced based on the income and resources of the deceased and any legally liable relatives.
      • Eligibility and How To Apply