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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.

The Workforce Stabilization Loan Program provided four 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.

Governor Raimondo has extended the Workforce Stabilization Loan Program to cover an additional two weeks of payroll support for eligible facilities. This two-week extension begins on June 1st and ends June 15th 2020. Please read the information below to determine next steps, if needed.

·       If your facility previously received a loan and you do not need to make any changes to the number of employees eligible for workforce stabilization, then EOHHS will send you a new loan agreement specifying the additional loan amount to cover an additional two weeks of wage increases. No new application is needed.

·       If your facility previously received a loan, but the loan was insufficient to cover the full cost of the increase due to previously underestimating the employee count on the initial application, please complete a new loan application. Specify only the additional employees to be added to your existing employee count. For example, if you previously stated that 50 employees are eligible, but you had 55. The new application’s employee count would be five.

o   To submit an application which revises the employee count, please click here. The application must be submitted by June 10, 2020 at 5pm.

·       If your facility submitted a late application and did not receive a loan during the first four (4) weeks of the program, do not submit a new application. The EOHHS will review your application and contact you with next steps. Please note that you will not receive an award for the first month of the program but will receive a loan for the period of June 1 to June 15, 2020, given the extension.  

·       If your facility neither received a loan, nor completed an application, please submit an online application by June 10, 2020 at 5pm.

o   To Apply for the Workforce Stabilization Loan, click here.

Program Resources

·       Program Guidance (Updated 4/30/2020 to clarify that Non-Medicaid and Non-EOHHS providers are eligible)

·       Program Frequently Asked Questions  (Updated 5/15/2020) 

·       Sample PDF application that can be used to gather information required on the online application.

·       Sample Loan Agreement to be completed by providers. (Not required at the time of application.)

Please email workforce_stabilization_loan@ohhs.ri.gov if you have additional questions that are not addressed in the program’s guidance or frequently asked questions.

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