Friday, June 2, 2023

Public Welfare Director

The Public Welfare Director is an elected position.  The Public Welfare Director serves as a link to various social service agencies to provide information to individuals in need of guidance to available public assistance programs and charitable organizations.

Public Welfare Director: Maria Lavigne 

Phone:  (401) 451-1002


The Tri-County Community Action Agency provides help for items such as fuel bills, boiler replacement, and weatherization assistance for your homes.  Use the link below for more information and for who to contact. 

Tri-County Action Agency – Emergency Services


President Biden and Vice President Harris Reduce High-Speed Internet Costs for Millions of Americans

Affordable Connectivity Program


The Rhode Island Department of Human Services Low Income Assistance Program Programs

Low Income Household Water Assistance (LIHWAP)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Heating Assistance Program Income Eligibility (LIHEAP)

LIHWAP Contractor Agreement



RentReliefRI has been a lifeline for RI renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping thousands of families remain in their homes and catch up on rent and utility payments. The federally-funded RentReliefRI program will close to new applications on June 1, 2022. Launched in March of last year, the program provides financial assistance to cover rent arrears, forward facing rent, utility arrears and certain other housing expenses.

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