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Posted: Apr 27, 2018 at 12:01 AM
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 at 12:28 PM
Lunch won’t be served for another 15 minutes, but the line is already out the door at McAuley House on Elmwood Avenue.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lunch won’t be served for another 15 minutes, but the line is already out the door at McAuley House on Elmwood Avenue.
Seemingly out of nowhere, dozens of people converge just after 11 o’clock. Many arrive by bus, others by foot and some by car, all knowing that during a day filled with uncertainty a meal at McAuley is something they can count on.
By 1 o’clock, volunteers and staff on this Friday during Lent will have served more than 200 plates of fish, rice, coleslaw, bread and dessert to the steady stream of “guests” — some homeless, but many who work and need help stretching a paycheck, especially at the end of the month. While breakfast and lunch are the main draw here, the staff helps with a full array of wraparound services — from securing bus passes and prescription eyewear to housing and medication — through its outreach center.
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Posted:Feb 9, 2018 at 7:53 PM
Updated:Feb 10, 2018 at 12:04 AM
For 11 years, United Way’s 2-1-1 has been helping Rhode Islanders in need, handling 194,735 calls in 2017, many from people seeking financial help, information about health services, or food.
“Hello. United Way. 2-1-1. May I help you?”
Each time call center specialist Tony Medeiros answers the phone, he has no idea what awaits him on the other end of the line. United Way of Rhode Island’s 2-1-1 call center provides round-the-clock free assistance to those looking for help finding affordable food, housing, health care, transportation and more.
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The Senate worked with dozens of individuals and organizations to develop the legislation, including those participating in the roundtable and others who were in the audience.
The package encourages residential development by updating the building inspection process, much of which hasn’t been changed since the 1970s and 1980s. It proposes new housing options so individuals and families struggling to find suitable housing have new options, including accessory dwellings.
The legislation also proposes expanding apprenticeship opportunities in school construction contracts, and it encourages K-12 school systems to teach children of all ages that apprenticeships are among the options they can pursue as they consider careers.
It also reflects a commitment to continue researching issues that require further study, including housing, additional apprenticeship options, the seafood industry, and health care provider reimbursement rates.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with the folks in this room – with business, with labor, with cities and towns, and with the public – to build a more vibrant Rhode Island,” said President Ruggerio.
The legislative initiatives are outlined on the following pages.
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SENATE POLICY OFFICE
Building a More Vibrant Rhode Island
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Homelessness in Rhode Island is on the rise. The state saw a 1.7 percent increase in homelessness this year according to a new report by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Statewide, 1,180 people experienced homelessness on a single day earlier this year. Nearly 400 were children in homeless families; almost 100 were veterans. Of even greater concern, Rhode Island’s chronically homeless population nearly doubled, increasing from 136 to 240.
After years of successfully reducing homelessness, Rhode Island’s homeless numbers are heading in the wrong direction. The solution to ending homelessness is actually pretty simple. Our “Housing First” model effectively gets people off the streets, out of shelter — and into permanent, affordable housing with the support services necessary to help them remain housed. Unfortunately, Rhode Island simply does not have enough housing that is affordable and meets people's needs.
Fortunately, social service agencies like Crossroads Rhode Island step in to bridge the gap. But hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal funding cuts, including the loss of Housing Stabilization dollars through Medicaid, Road Home and the Neighborhood Opportunities Program, are significantly reducing the amount of aid available for 2018 and beyond.
It’s the chronically homeless, the state’s most vulnerable population, who are likely to pay the price. Many of these individuals struggle with physical and mental illness, hunger and poverty — fighting every day just to survive. Without adequate funding for housing and support programs, they will end up back on the street, sleeping in doorways, camping under highway overpasses or staying in shelters.
Recently, 283 people slept in a Crossroads shelter, including 53 children in 27 families. Others sought refuge at different shelters — or bundled up in outdoor places where no one should have to spend a cold, winter night.
Founded 125 years ago as the Traveler’s Aid committee of the YWCA, Crossroads’ mission has evolved through the years to meet the ever-changing needs of the community it serves. Today, the local nonprofit owns or manages more than 370 affordable apartments statewide to help fulfill its mission to help homeless or at-risk individuals and families secure stable homes.
Each year, as many as 4,000 Rhode Islanders experience homelessness. The vast majority of them are working people struggling to balance two or three minimum-wage jobs, transportation challenges and escalating housing costs. Hundreds are families. For too many, an unexpected job loss, illness or rent increase is all it takes for them to fall into homelessness.
Posted: Jun 8, 2018 at 5:46 PM
How many times have you passed a street corner and witnessed a variation of this line: “I’m homeless and hungry; can you help?” As a result of pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union in 2016, cities across Rhode Island stopped arresting panhandlers, resulting in a proliferation of men and women throughout all parts of our state asking for financial help from passersby.
Panhandling evokes strong reactions in all of us. We may feel a combination of anger, guilt, shame, judgment and helplessness. We hear these themes: “How many people can I give a dollar to?” “Will this person buy alcohol or drugs?” “Why don’t they just get a job?”
To find a more positive solution to this social problem, Amos House launched “A Hand Up” in the fall of 2016. Our goal was to provide an alternative to panhandling that would offer a daily wage to men and women short on cash. Rather than cast judgment, we put people to work — literally picking up garbage and beautifying our neighborhoods.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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The Department of Business Regulation's Director Liz Tanner is asking for Rhode Islanders to help make the state more efficient.
Tanner over the past few years has helped lead an effort to eliminate outdated, confusing, and bureaucratic state regulations — to date, one-third of all regulations have been eliminated.
"A couple years ago we undertook an effort and called it a 'road show' and we went out to every chamber of commerce, every trade association we could possibly, see every BNI, every Rotary [Club], every merchant's association -- we tried to get out to well over 350 events, several thousand business owners and we got to hear from them," said Tanner.
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