Utility Assistance

Description: Programs that provide financial assistance for people who are at risk for having their utilities shut off; offer discounted utility services; provide disconnection protection; arrange for notification regarding pending disconnection; make available special services such as large print utility bills or levalized energy bill payment arrangements which support people's ability to make their payments; or supply wood, propane, butane or other fuel for heating or cooking purposes in situations where people have no other means of acquiring them. (AIRS BV-8900)

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Address: 1000 Bullocks Point
Services Provided: The services provided by EBCAP include: Head Start and Early Head Start services; Even Start; family health and dental services; family development case management services including social service information and referral and basic human needs; youth programs; the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless; Heating and Energy Services; the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Feeding and Nutrition Program (WIC); the Newport Skills Alliance; youth services; and senior services including case management, senior employment, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparents and the Ocean State Senior Dining Program (meals in a social setting).
Provider Profiles: East Bay Community Action Program provides a wide array of health and human services to the residents of RI's east bay: East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport and Jamestown.
A number of satellite locations for WIC:
Tiverton -401-625-1364
Newport 401-619-5970
Bristol -401-253-7577
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/14/2018
Address: 600 Mt.Pleasant Avenue
Building #9
Fax: 401-456-9550
Services Provided: A Comprehensive and current Guide to Assistance
A Full listing of programs are available .
Targeted guides are available for specific populations including the following:
Programs for Adults without children living with them
Families with children under 18 living with them
Help for Youth age 18-26
Programs listed by income limits
Immigrant Eligibility for Government programs
Provider Profiles: The Economic Progress Institute is a nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders. The Assistance Guides provide information about government assistance programs and community-based resources that help low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders meet basic needs. The Assistance Guides provides a general overview, eligibility rules and application information for each program in the areas of Income Supports, Food Assistance, Health Care, Child Care, Housing, Utilities and Tax Credits.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/23/2018

Pawtucket, RI

Address: 32 Goff Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-723-4520
Services Provided: The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program provides a number of services to its clients from Basic Needs, energy heating assistance to job training.
Programs and services for families include:
Family Programs including Home Visiting programs Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Healthy Families America [http://bvcap.org/family-services/]
Rhode Island Works and Education and Job Training Programs [http://bvcap.org/education-and-job-training/]
Basic Needs including food pantry and Project undercover(diapers) [http://bvcap.org/emergency-services/]
Provider Profiles: The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program (BVCAP) is a non-profit agency and a member of the nation-wide network of Community Action Programs. Our mission is to assist low-moderate income people and empower them to become self-reliant, responsible citizens. Our programs are funded through federal, state and local grants.

Multiple Locations
BVCAP Community Center
210 West Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4PM
Phone: 401-475-5071

Woonsocket Office
Woonsocket Senior Center
84 Social Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4PM

Phone: 401-766-3734
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/14/2019

Warwick, RI

Address: 205 Buttonwoods Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-732-4660
Email: info@westbaycap.org
Eligibility: Serving residents of Kent County including Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick and West Greenwich Eligibility requirements apply
Services Provided: Services include:
Child Care Center
Food Pantry
Energy Assistance
Holiday Baskets
Lead Center
WIC program
FCCP -DCYF diversion program
Youth Success- parenting program for teens

WIC clinic Warwick- 401-732-4660
WIC clinic - West Warwick- 401-826-3230
Provider Profiles: Westbay Community Action is a charitable organization serving the people of Kent County. Our mission is to assist economically disadvantaged Kent County residents achieve and sustain self-sufficiency and stability with food, utilities, health, safety, and education.

Westbay Children's Center
22 Astral Street
Warwick, RI 02888
Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:30pm
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/31/2018


One Levee Way Ste 3106
Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 888-900-5899
Service Categories:
Address: One Levee Way Ste 3106
Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 888-900-5899
Fax: 888-594-4473
Service Categories:
Eligibility: Income eligible and participation in a qualifying government assistance program.
Services Provided: Access Wireless provides free cell phone plans for low income families. Use services locator on website.
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 3/21/2019
Address: Omaha, NE
Toll Free Phone: 800-223-3131
Fax: 866-826-4839
Email: julie.west@qwest.com
Services Provided: Telephone assistance for disabled: vision-or hearing-impaired, or who have mobility, cognitive or other disabilities.

Hearing Augmentation Aids
Specialized Telecommunications Equipment
Telecommunication Relay Services
Visual/Reading Aids
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/8/2019
Phone: 855-846-8376
Toll Free Phone: 1-855-846-8376
Eligibility: Must meet all these criteria: Be located where Comcast offers Internet service; Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program; Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
Services Provided: Internet Essestials offers families $9.95 (plus tax) a month Internet service and a low-cost computer to qualified applicants.
Never pay any price increases or pay any activation or equipment rental fees.
Option to buy a computer at initial enrollment for the low price of just $149.99 + tax
Free Internet training available — online, in print and in person.
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 3/21/2019
PO Box 2840
Covington, GA 30015
Phone: 888-543-3620
Service Categories:
Address: PO Box 2840
Covington, GA 30015
Phone: 888-543-3620
Fax: 866-770-6110
Service Categories:
Email: info@lifewireless.com
Eligibility: Fill out eligibility pre-screening on website. In general, if a subscriber participates in any of the following programs, they are qualified for low-income telephone assistance: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, Medicaid, National Free School Lunch Program, Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or an income that is at or below 135% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Services Provided: Participates in the federal Lifeline Program, offering free cell phones with service for those who qualify.
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 7/11/2019
6710 Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071
Phone: 855-754-6543
Service Categories:
Address: 6710 Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071
Phone: 855-754-6543
Toll Free Phone: 855-754-6543
Service Categories:
Eligibility: For participants in government assistance programs government assistance programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, meeting income criteria are met.
Services Provided: Provides website with information on the Lifeline Assistance program and the wireless companies that participate in the program.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 6/6/2019