Social Services & Public Welfare


The mission of the Department of Social Services and Public Welfare of the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island is to serve low-and moderate-income individuals and families struggling to make ends meet by providing basic needs assistance in areas such as home heating and utility payment referrals, food, and limited rental assistance.  All requests are documented and verified.


As part of the department’s responsibility to the community, it also makes referrals to appropriate state and local agencies regarding food assistance, elderly affairs, health care, child welfare concerns, and other issues.

Also, the department works closely with police and fire officials in times of emergencies and natural disasters. 

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