Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

282 Homeless Without Beds For The Winter

As recently covered on the front page of the Providence Journal, in the Providence Business News, and on NBC 10, there are currently 282 more homeless individuals in Rhode Island than there are shelter beds to accommodate them. In other words, 282 people will be without a place to sleep this winter – many of […]

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Tent City Resident Wins National Award

Local homeless advocate and former tent city resident Barbara Kalil recently earned the national “Best Vendor Essay” award for her protest note to Governor Carcieri. Barbara was given the award by the North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) whose members include 31 street papers from the US and Canada. Her article ran in Street Sights

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Can Obama End Homelessness?

Homelessness is a serious problem in Rhode Island. More women, children, and men are homeless here than ever before. And the record number of homeless entering our shelter system will continue to grow as our state tries to recover from a severe economic crisis, record high unemployment and a devastating foreclosure crisis. This week, the

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Homeless Hate Crime Bill Passed by House

After a heated 40-minute debate on the House Floor, bill H-7490 was passed by the House yesterday with a vote of 60-9. The bill seeks to include crimes against the homeless within the definition of “hate crimes” for the purposes of reporting and monitoring by the state police. The bill emphasizes the importance police training

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Housing Still Unaffordable In RI

Rhode Island has been ranked 2nd in the country (only behind Hawaii) with the largest increase in unaffordability of housing over the last decade according to a new report released last week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report shows the current economic crisis has continued to push affordable rental housing out of

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More Tent Cities In Providence?

John Joyce and other organizers from the original Tent City staged a protest in downtown Providence yesterday setting up their “NOP Tent”. When Joyce first gathered homeless individuals for the first tent city in 2009 it was because he believed there was safety in numbers. He believed that if people were going to have to

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Birthday Party At The State House

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and affordable housing advocates will be holding a birthday party at the State House for the Neighborhood Opportunities Program (NOP) which celebrates 10 year in RI. Festivities will take place tomorrow, Thursday, at 3pm. Cake will accompany a call to our legislators to save this crucial homelessness prevention

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