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RICH: Homeless Memorial Service & Luncheon

What? Please join us in cherishing the memory and celebrating the lives of our brothers and sisters who were homeless and passed in 2016.

Where? Praise Tabernacle Church

330 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910

Praise Tabernacle Transportation will be provided at Kennedy Plaza at 10AM and Crossroads at 10:15AM

When? Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Service: 11am-12pm

Meal: 12pm-1:30pm

RI Coalition for the Homeless | http://www.rihomeless.org/Default.aspx 

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Warwick Beacon: Miller elected president of RI Coalition for Homeless board

Stephen M. Miller, of the law firm of Stephen M. Miller and Associates in Providence, has been named as the new Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH) Board of Directors president.

Miller, of Lincoln, will facilitate in numerous capacities representing its members and advocating policy issues on local, the state and federal levels. He will help guide the coalition’s mission that consists of members from various government agencies and service providers. He said while the dilemma of homelessness cannot be easily solved, the issue must still be addressed.

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RICH: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with Wednesday, January 25th Point-in-Time Count

We need volunteers to help with the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count required by HUD. This year's PIT Count is going to be held on Wednesday, January 25th from 7pm-10pm. The PIT Count is spearheaded by RIHAP (RI Homeless Advocacy Project), RI Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the Statewide Outreach Committee. We will train you and you will be working with a team going out the night of the count. No prior experience is needed, just a commitment to helping those in our state who are experiencing homelessness.

If you are interested in helping out there are two upcoming trainings to learn all about the PIT, the survey we use that night and how to conduct the survey. (Note: You only need attend one of the trainings).

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Providence Journal: Death on the streets: Pausing to remember

By: Donita Taylor, December 9th, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A candlelight vigil for the six people who have died while homeless since late June was too windy for candles.

About 40 people, mostly homeless advocates and outreach workers who were bundled up against the cold, gathered at the steps of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at sunset Friday to remember six who died in warmer weather.

It was just below freezing, and many participants had outreach missions later, so the vigil was quick.

"We still have way too many people on the streets," said the Rev. Donald Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, in opening the vigil.

"We do have a solution," he said. It just requires more resources.

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Providence Journal: Crossroads RI dedicates new affordable housing

On Monday, Crossroads Rhode Island dedicated Whitmarsh House, a new 11-unit affordable housing development on Dexter Street, at a former group home operated by Whitmarsh House, Inc. The formerly blighted property was sold to Crossroads for $1 by the nonprofit. Crossroads Rhode Island received $660,000 in City of Providence HOME funds as well as $1,240,000 through Rhode Island Housing from the Building Homes Rhode Island fun and $144,780 in Thresholds program funding, to renovate the apartments. Crossroads has also won project-based rental assistance from HUD.

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On behalf of NLIHC: HUD Releases New Data on Homelessness

HUD released The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 2 - Estimates of Homelessness in the United States on October 26. The report expands upon the findings presented in The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1 by adding one-year estimates of the sheltered homeless population collected through Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).

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Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Wants To Know What Matters To You!

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Wants To Know What Matters To You!

RICH wants to know what matters to you as they prepare for the 2017 legislative session. To that end, they have a short online survey for you to complete. Survey results will help determine what issues RICH should focus on this upcoming Rhode Island General Assembly session.

For the past several years RICH, with your help, have been successful in securing legislative victories on numerous homeless and affordable housing issues, but each year there are issues from our legislative platform that do not pass and new issues are emerging daily.

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Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless: Volunteers Needed to Help with Homeless Street Outreach

We need volunteers to help with the homeless outreach efforts spearheaded by RIHAP (RI Homeless Advocacy Project), RI Coalition for the Homeless and other members of our Statewide Outreach Committee. We will train you and you will be working with a team going out on the night(s) that you volunteer. No prior experience is needed, just a commitment to helping those in our state who are experiencing homelessness.

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2016 Housing Fact Book Released

The Housing Fact Book presents a detailed portrait of housing affordability throughout the Ocean State, where both renters and homeowners (particularly the state’s lower and middle income groups) face high rates of housing cost burden. A household is considered cost burdened when it spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing.

Housing cost burdens continue to persist in the Ocean State. From 2000 to 2014, the percent of both homeowner and renter households that are considered cost burdened increased in Rhode Island. Currently, about half of all Rhode Island renter households, 1 in 3 homeowner households with a mortgage, and 1 in 5 homeowner households without a mortgage are housing cost burdened.

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Gateway awarded three-year, $1.2 million federal grant to assist homeless adults

Gateway Healthcare has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Health & Human Services, to develop a program to provide behavioral health treatment to homeless adults in Rhode Island.

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