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RICH: Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

RICH Annual Luncheon 2017: Monday, April 3, 2017 

#BringUsHome - Homeless NOT...HOPELESS 

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce this year's Annual Luncheon Award Honorees:

Sr. Carol McGovern, RSM Memorial Award

Laura Jaworski, Executive Director of House of Hope

Senator Jack Reed Advocacy Award

United Way of RI

The Sister Judy Soares, RSM and John Coen Memorial Award for Direct Service

Dr. Kaufmann

Homeless Legal Clinic Award

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RICH: 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.

If you are interested in helping out there is an upcoming training to learn all about the outreach and how it is done.There is a small fee of $5.00 per person to cover the cost of food and materials. If you are unable to afford the training registration fee please contact info@rihomeless.org to ask for the fee to be waived.

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RICH: Save the Date! Annual Awards Luncheon, April 3, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

12 PM to 2 PM

Crowne Plaza; 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI

Our Annual Awards Luncheon is just months away! Mark your calendars for a great time as we honor the people who do so much for the cause of ending homelessness. We look forward to seeing you there. Ticket information will be sent soon.

Nominations Needed!

Help us honor the work done this year by nominating friends, coworkers, organizations, or those you think should be recognized.

Nominations must be in by February 13, 2017!

We are seeking nominations for the following awards:

Sr. Carol McGovern, RSM Memorial Award

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Providence Journal: Editorial: Important to discuss St. Joseph's plan

Former Mayor Joseph Paolino was obviously unprepared for the onslaught of criticism he faced last week over a proposal to convert part of the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Providence into housing. The shouting and hoots by a crowd of nearly 300 at Mr. Paolino's press conference Tuesday were so intense that Gov. Gina Raimondo ducked out the back without speaking.

Mr. Paolino now says he wants to work to bring the fear and anger down a notch, by trying to reconnect with neighbors through peaceful and thoughtful discussions. That makes a great deal of sense, and surely should have been the opening approach. It is important for citizens to be able to talk to each other.

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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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