Workforce Stabilization Loan Program

In late April 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo established a Workforce Stabilization Loan Program to stabilize and maintain the congregate care workforce currently on the frontlines of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Since its inception, the Workforce Stabilization Loan Program had provided six weeks of payroll support to frontline workers earning under $20 per hour who work with seniors, people with developmental disabilities, individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, and young people in Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families congregate care facilities.

Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services offered forgivable loans to eligible providers on the condition that these funds are used to address the challenges facing these eligible frontline workers. Loans will be forgiven, in full, if this condition and audit requirements are met. More than 150 providers have received loan funding which has bolstered the wages of over 10,000 frontline workers.

Governor Raimondo has once again extended the Workforce Stabilization Loan Program to cover an additional two weeks of payroll support for previous loan recipients. This two-week extension began on June 16th and ended on June 30th. 

Only previous loan recipients are eligible for this extension. The EOHHS will contact all previous loan recipients via email with next steps. Questions regarding the extension can be sent to

Audit Resources

Program Resources