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11:30am - Registration
12pm - Lunch
2:30pm - Adjourn
801 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
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The theme for this year:
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH) is a statewide organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Rhode Island. Formed in 1988, RICH’s mission is to seek comprehensive and cooperative solutions to homelessness in Rhode Island. This is accomplished through data collection and analysis, advocacy, training and education, collaboration, technical assistance, constituent services, and strategic communications. RICH works to build the public and political will to support the right for safe, affordable housing for every Rhode Islander. The organization works to ensure and support local, state and federal commitments to establish a continuum of affordable housing and homeless prevention programs. This work involves maintaining a broad base of key stakeholders to support and advocate for the organization’s vision, including homeless people, service providers, politicians, affordable housing allies, advocates, public and philanthropic funders, businesses, city and state officials, developers, faith communities and concerned citizens.
As the lead agency responsible for Rhode Island’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), RICH is in the unique position to use data and information to catalyze and inform change within the homelessness services system. RICH collects, analyzes, and disseminates data and information that is fundamental to the health and efficient operations of the State of Rhode Island’s Continuum of Care (CoC), which is comprised of state agencies, community partners, and individuals that guide the state’s homelessness policies and administer federal and state homeless funds as they work to build a statewide system to prevent and end homelessness. Building off the organization’s role as HMIS Administrator for the CoC, RICH’s next Executive Director will work with staff, consultants, partner organizations, funders, and researchers to advance data and evidence informed practices and strategies, including and especially coordinated assessment and housing placement, to rapidly and permanently end homelessness among individuals and families.
The Executive Director is accountable for the overall leadership, direction and management of the organization’s resources to accomplish the goals and mission of the organization. The Executive Director should have experience in financial management, community relations, program delivery, organizational development, strategic planning, and experience using data and information to strengthen both practice and systems. The Executive Director must have empowering leadership skills to work with staff, Coalition partners, Board and community stakeholders. The Executive Director exemplifies RICH’s values and nurtures its organizational culture by supporting a learning community of staff, Board, homeless constituents, community stakeholders, government and political leaders. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and will work with the Board, RICH’s membership, funders and other constituents to develop a new Strategic Plan for the organization during his/her first year in the position.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Program Development and Management
Resource Development and Fundraising
Personnel and Operations Management
Community Collaboration and Movement Building
Strategic Communications and Public Relations
The preferred candidate has knowledge and experience in homelessness prevention and system-change work, is an energetic leader with demonstrated financial and organizational management skills, who can engage others in RICH’s mission, embraces and encourages coalition and movement building and is comfortable working with low income and marginalized populations.
The ideal candidate possesses the following attributes:
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader who is truly committed to making a positive contribution to the community. Compensation between $70,000-$80,000. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.
Application deadline: 5pm EDT Monday, November 20, 2017
Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in this position via:
• Email – firstname.lastname@example.org, please include, “ED Search” in the subject line.
• Regular mail - Search Committee
RI Coalition for the Homeless
1070 Main St
Pawtucket, RI 02860
For more information about RI Coalition for the Homeless visit http://rihomeless.org
8:30 AM - Registration
9:00 AM - Event Begins
11:00 AM - Adjourn
Legacy of Change Award - Deb DeBare - Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence and former Executive Director of Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over 20 years. Deb has been an exceptional advocate who has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of those who have experienced domestic violence and homelessness.
Keeper of the Flame Award - Eric Hirsch - Eric is a distinguished urban sociologist, whose publications have appeared in a variety of journals. He is the author of Urban Revolt: Ethnic Politics in the Nineteenth Century Labor Movement (UC Press). Above all, he is a tireless advocate for the homeless and spends most of his time outside the classroom in the fight for social justice.
Jack Reed Agent of Change Award - Christopher Rotundo - As a community organizer working for DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) Christopher heads their Tenants andHomeowners Association leading the fight on housing issues throughout Rhode Island.
Sister Carol McGovern Forefront of Change Award - John MacDonald - As the Vice President of Adult Services at Crossroads Rhode Island, John MacDonald works to better the lives of men, women, and children who are homeless. He is a strong advocate for Housing First and believes the evidence and outcomes achieved utilizing Housing First methods clearly provide a clear road map for eradicating homelessness.
Judy Soares and John Coen Living the Change Award - Will Lawlor - Will gives of himself every time duty calls, Working for Riverwood Housing First, outreach is his life. Will knows what it is like to struggle and his heart is so big. He never gives up on a member and treats everyone with compassion. His devotion to his members and all those he helps is the epitome of living the change.
Judy Soares and John Coen Living the Change Award - Noella Blackwell - Noella is the Community Critical Needs Case Manager for the WARM Center based in Westerly. She provides case management to families and individuals in southern Rhode Island who are in crisis providing them with guidance in accessing needed services such as rent or utilities assistance, or access to food. With kindness, compassion and empathy Noella helps them understand that things can be better and that they can play an active role in making a better life for themselves and their families.
Protector of Change Award - Captain Zachariah Kenyon - Captain Kenyon is the Emergency Medical Services Chief of the Providence Fire Department. Believing that everyone deserves a second chance he oversaw the January 2018 launch of the Safe Stations program at all 12 city fire stations. Thanks to his efforts anyone seeking recovery from addictions can show up at any time and, at no cost, get connected in less than 15 minutes with treatment and recovery centers.
Educator of Change Award - Chris Ure - Chris is a professor in the School of Business at Johnson & Wales University. Among the business topics she covers in her courses she also teaches about homelessness and the issues a homeless person may face on a regular basis.
April 17, 2018 11:34PM
By Cynthia Drummond, Sun staff writer
RICHMOND — At a public hearing Tuesday, members of the Town Council approved an application for a $310,000 Community Development Block Grant for a water system for the Richmond Ridge affordable housing project.
Representing the Women’s Development Corporation, which will build and manage the apartments, attorney Kevin McGunagle explained that a second affordable housing project, the Shannock Village Cottages, would be built at the same time in adjacent Charlestown. Richmond Ridge will have 43 rental units and Shannock Village will have 11.
“We’re here tonight seeking your support on the council resolution supporting the town’s application for Community Development Block Grant funds related to our proposal to use the funds for the construction of a well head, the requisite pump system, the water treatment facility and piping to supply the water,” he said. “The well is of high capacity and it is our intention to allow the well in future to serve as a source of fresh water, in addition to the Richmond Ridge project, to the Shannock Water District, in the event that the district were to have insufficient quality or quantity [of water] any time in the future.”
Council members voted to approve the grant application.
In other business, at the request of Councilor Ronald Newman, the council will hold a ceremony at Town Hall on May 15 to honor former Richmond Police Chief Edwin Cahoon, who died in 1970 after a snowmobile training accident. Cahoon had served as chief for just one year when the accident occurred.
“He gave his life as police chief for this town,” Newman said. “There’s no other way to look at it. He was training at that time on a snowmobile with the state police so that if something happened, as an example, on Hillsdale [Road] and they couldn’t get down there, bear in mind, in 1970, 4-wheel drives weren’t readily available, and he broke his back and then he went to the hospital and threw a blood clot and died.”
Newman said he wanted to honor Cahoon before his service to the town was forgotten. The memorial will take place following an abbreviated Town Council meeting.
The council also revisited the ongoing flooding issues on KG Ranch Road. Town Planner Juliana Berry explained that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation would not continue its own mitigation efforts but would instead reimburse the town up to 70 percent of the cost of engineering services to solve the flooding problem.
The state had been using Crossman Engineering, and after soliciting the three bids required by state law, the town has decided to remain with that firm.
“The contract itself for the design and investigation of solutions — not the implementation of them, just the design — is before you,” Berry told the council.
Crossman will narrow down the possible solutions and present the town with a final list, as well as estimates of how much it would cost to implement those measures. Council members voted to approve the contract.
Courtesy of The Westerly Sun
PROVIDENCE – The Housing Network of Rhode Island will mark a year of progress in affordable housing at its annual meeting on May 21, where it will honor its 2018 awardees.
The awards celebrate the contributions that partners have made to the Housing Network, a state association that comprises 20 Rhode Island nonprofit community development corporations that address the state’s housing needs.
“The awards are really important pieces about how we celebrate our work on an annual basis,” said the Housing Network’s executive director Melina Lodge.
Clark Schoettle, Geoffrey Marchant, Jean Johnson and Lou Raymond will be given the Francis H. Smith award, given to those with a commitment to the development of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.
Richard Godfrey will be given the Joseph A. Caffey Award, named in honor of the president of Providence-based Omni Development Corp., which specializes in affordable housing.
“The award focuses on somebody who has demonstrated leadership in the community development fiend as a whole,” Lodge said.
Will Farrell will be named with the Friend of the Network Award, awarded to exceptional supporters of the Housing Network. Farrell has worked to bring awareness around the housing bond campaign in the last year. “He’s been really instrumental in helping us,” Lodge said.
The Housing Network will give the Housing Innovation Award to a collaborative consisting of Bank of America, Bristol County Savings Bank, Housing Resources Commission, LISC-RI, NeighborWorks America, the Rhode Island Foundation, and United Way of Rhode Island, which have contributed to the Housing Opportunities Initiative, a cross-sector collaboration that aims to think about housing in innovative ways.
“They want to help rebuild the system, and they’ve made the commitments financially to that,” Lodge added.
The event will be held at Rooftop at the Providence G, located at 100 Dorrance St. in Providence. Tickets to the event are available through Eventbrite.
Kate Talerico is a PBN contributing writer.
Courtesy of Providence Business News
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.
R.I. Department of Administration | Conference Room B, 2nd floor
One Capitol Hill, Providence
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that jurisdictions receiving funds through Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs adopt an annual action plan that summarizes the jurisdiction’s approach toward addressing community planning and development needs and priorities, and that the jurisdiction’s progress toward meeting those goals is described in an annual report. The 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER), for which the State of Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development and RIHousing take joint responsibility, sets forth the use of federal funds for the July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 program year. The CAPER includes a detailed outline of spending on state and federal housing and community development activities for the program year. A public hearing outlining information contained in the report has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 5:00pm.
The document will be available for review beginning on August 22, 2018 at www.rihousing.com (click on “Newsroom”) and www.ohcd.ri.gov. Comments will be accepted through September 21, 2018. Please address comments to Alison Neirinckx, RIHousing, 44 Washington Street, Providence, R.I. 02903, or by email to email@example.com.
For more information, please contact Alison Neirinckx:
(401) 457-1149 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By MELANIE PINCUS
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Sunday, February 25, 2018
The summit, which was hosted by the advocacy and outreach group Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere and sponsored by the University’s urban studies department, included keynote speakers, breakout sessions and workshops led primarily by representatives from student groups and community organizations.
Among the workshop leaders were individuals who have experienced homelessness, including Jesse Hardy, founder of Jesse’s Homeless Outreach Project in New Haven, Connecticut.
“I want people to see that love … that we should have for each other, whether you’re homeless or not,” Hardy told The Herald. “You don’t always have to have money to help each other, you can just talk to people.” It is important for students to hear from speakers like Hardy to remember the importance of working with, and not for, people experiencing homelessness, Gabriel Zimmerman ’18, executive director of HOPE and Nathaniel Pettit ’20, HOPE’s education chair, said.
“I think we’re trying to be very mindful from the get-go of the reality of our positionality as students at elite schools and at a general place of relative comfort to a lot of people we’re trying to serve,” Pettit said.
At the same time, Zimmerman said students should know that they can make a difference.“We really want to encourage people to go down and work with community organizations and put their money where their mouth is when talking about social justice,” Zimmerman said.
Friday night’s keynote featured Dr. Sam Tsemberis, who developed the “Housing First” model for addressing chronic homelessness. With Tsemberis’s method, individuals experiencing homelessness receive permanent housing and then address other issues, such as addiction and mental health.
In more traditional interventions, “the attention was on the treatment of the condition, rather than including the person in a conversation about … the solution to what was ailing them,” Tsemberis said in his address.
The Housing First model has helped to virtually eliminate homelessness in Finland and has dramatically reduced homelessness among veterans in the United States, Tsemberis said.
“If only there was a political will to get that enacted nation-wide in different state and local policies,” Zimmerman said. “Some people think ‘oh, homelessness is intractable, it’s always been an issue in America,’ (but) there’s a way to solve this.”
Dr. James O’Connell, who helped found the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1985, delivered a keynote address Saturday on street outreach and health care for individuals experiencing homelessness. O’Connell served as a “prime example” for those who are interested in learning how medicine can have social value, Pettit said, adding that “medicine is inherently based in social justice.”
“It’s just inspiring to see the way groups here just have really strong footholds in their communities,” said Emmett Werbel, a student at Columbia who attended the conference with Project for the Homeless at Columbia. “They’ve found a way to channel the resources of their universities into … effective, appropriate solutions, and I think that’s just given everybody from my club a lot of ideas.”
Developing connections with other student groups engaged in anti-poverty work is valuable, students who attended the conference said.“I think the goal was always to bring people together,” Zimmerman said. “We need to have collaboration to really innovate and make a difference on behalf of people experiencing homelessness.”
Members of the HOPE leadership team said they would like the summit to grow and potentially be hosted at a different university every year.
“I would love if we could transition from school to school … just because then you get the different perspectives, the different locations, the different community partners,” said HOPE’s Communications Director Katherine Garry ’20. “It’s definitely, I’m hoping, going to grow.”
In the meantime, members of the student organizations are planning to stay in touch through a Facebook group created during the summit. This network will help HOPE fine-tune its outreach and advocacy work, Garry added.
“I hope it can just remind us (of) the importance of this work and really just get us doing it on a broader scale,” she said.
The summit occurred during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, which began in 1967 and concluded in June 1968, two months after King’s assassination, according to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute. Zimmerman said this concurrence has symbolic significance.
“The idea of (King’s) campaign was (to) bring together a multiracial, multiethnic, multi-income coalition to fundamentally change — he called it the revolution of values— the way we look at poverty in the United States,” Zimmerman said. “All the people we work with are already involved in trying to make that change happen, and hopefully … we can actually achieve the goal of continuing our communal efforts to follow the vision that King set 50 years ago.”
Courtesy of The Brown Daily Herald
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