Unemployed Rhode Islanders await $300 boost

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Unemployed Rhode Islanders could see an extra $300 a week on top of their existing benefits by September.

The federal government approved grant money for the state over the weekend.

ABC 6 News spoke with a Providence man, who lost his job, and would benefit from the $600.

“There’s just so many bills. Electric, everything is just; it’s incredible. It’s hard to live,” the man said. “I’ve been going through some problems with my landlord. He wants to take me to court and evict me.”

He said the problems for him started after the federal government stopped giving unemployed workers the extra $600.

“I’m waiting for this federal $300 to come through, so that way I could catch up on the rent that I owe,” he said.

He was then living on $185 a week from unemployment.

“I’m barely getting by,” he said.

So, he said, the $300 could make a big difference for him.

“It would straighten some of my bills out. Keep me where I’m going to be living at, you know? Keep me in my house,” he said.

The $300 could start in September, but would be retroactive to Aug. 1.

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