A recent study of Rhode Island College students showed that 54 percent of respondents reported experiencing basic needs insecurity, including food or housing, within the prior year.* And with the consequential effects of COVID-19, these challenges have only been exacerbated.
In response to the immediate needs of students amid this pandemic the Rhode Island College Foundation has established an Emergency Response Fund. The foundation has contributed $5,000 to seed the fund. But more financial support is needed.
In partnership with the Division of Student Success, this newly established fund will facilitate immediate access to support for our students. Support from the Emergency Response Fund will be used to address students’ basic needs including challenges such as food and housing insecurities.
* The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University conducted a survey, distributing invitations to approximately 8,100 Rhode Island College students, of which 631 students participated (estimated response rate 7.8%).
Students will apply via the Student Emergency Funds online form. The Economic Crisis Response Team will work expeditiously to ensure a timely response to students. Students will be eligible to receive support in a variety of forms, including gift cards to grocery stories and gas stations (purchased by the Rhode Island College Foundation) and grants to address emergency needs, subject to state and federal policies and regulations.
Emergency Housing Grants
Limited funding will be available for students who are threatened with eviction or face homelessness or other loss of housing as a result of the current pandemic. Students will apply via the Student Emergency Funds online form. The Economic Crisis Team will review each case and may award grants up to $500. Additional details to be determined.
Emergency Technology Grants
Limited funding will be available for students who do not have access to a computer, internet and/or WiFi. Students will apply via the Student Emergency Funds online form. The Economic Crisis Team will review each case and may award grants up to $250. Additional details to be determined.