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Virtual Lawyer for the Day Series Continues

Continuing Every Tuesday at 3:00 PM
Rhode Island Legal Services, in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for Justice, DARE, Roger Williams University School of Law, HousingWorksRI and the City of Providence, is offering weekly eviction education seminars. The seminars take place every Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.The purpose is to allow tenants living in Providence and facing eviction an opportunity to learn about their rights, Centers for Disease Control protections, and tips on preparing for trial. You can join by Zoom or telephone. Spread the word!


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Supplemental Security Income Recipients, Act Now - Go to - A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul

Action Needed for People Receiving SSI with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment

"Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don't file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May. People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS's webpage at and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide their information. SSI recipients who have dependent children and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.

By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If people in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200 only. They would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.

I urge SSI recipients with qualifying children and who do not normally file taxes to take action now. Immediately go to so that you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for.

Lastly, a word of caution. Be aware of scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. There is no fee required to receive these payments. Don't be fooled.

Visit the agency's COVID-19 web page at for important information and updates."

Click here to view the IRS press release about this important issue. To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.

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Rhode Island Legal Services provides high quality legal assistance and representation to low-income individuals and eligible client groups for the purpose of improving their economic condition and overall wellbeing by protecting and enforcing legal rights, stabilizing the family unit and communities where clients live, promoting self reliance, ending domestic violence, preventing homelessness, affording dignity to all people, and reaching out to groups with added burdens on their ability to access the civil justice system.