Refugee DHS Benefits

DHS Benefits for Refugees

Refugees are immediately eligible for benefits - These are crucial to their survival in a new country and are essential supports until they can become gainfully employed, which they are expected to be within a year.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

  • SNAP helps low-income families purchase food. Customers can use SNAP benefits, which are given monthly, to buy food at local grocery stores, markets, and farmers markets that accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. A household’s income (earned and unearned), certain allowable deductions, and various other criteria are used to determine eligibility.

Cash Assistance

  • Refugee Cash Assistance
    1. Federally funded program which helps refugees by providing cash assistance during their first eight months in the U.S.

Rhode Island Works (RIW)

  • RIW provides cash assistance to eligible families in need of support, including those who are unable to work, in training, and/or looking for a job.


  • The Medicaid Program provides comprehensive medical coverage to low income adults age 19-64, seniors (age 65+), and people with permanent disabilities.

Child Care Assistance (CCAP)

  • CCAP is available to certain Rhode Island families to cover childcare costs for the hours or the parent/guardians’ employment and/or short-term training. Families may be required to pay a co-payment based in their household size and income level.

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