The face of poverty in Rhode Island is not as you might imagine. It includes two-income working families, seniors, single parents, men and women who have lost their jobs, those who cannot work because of illness or disabilities, and people who can only find minimum wage work because they lack education and job skills. It is estimated that in Rhode Island almost 12% of the population and 18% of children live at or below the poverty level.
The Rhode Island Community Action Association is a statewide network of Community Action Programs (CAP agencies) who, for over forty years, have been the safety net for economically disadvantaged and working poor families. Individually and collectively the agencies are working to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty and to open doors to self-sufficiency and better lives
We are committed to empowering individuals and families to help themselves, as we have for over forty years. Rhode Island’s Community Action Programs have a proven capacity to address community needs with dedication and creativity. We understand the root causes of poverty, and continue to be steadfast in our commitment to helping people and changing lives in all of Rhode Island Communities.