Rhode Island Catholic: Affordable housing a major focus for diocese, advocates at Poverty Conference
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:00 am
BY KATHLEEN TROOST-CRAMER, CORRESPONDENT
PROVIDENCE — About 130,000 Rhode Islanders lived in poverty in 2016, according to statistics provided by the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty. That's nearly 13 percent of the state's population and includes about 35,000 children.
About 300 people attended the coalition-sponsored Interfaith Poverty Conference on the campus of Rhode Island College on May 9, the largest attendance in the event's 10 years, said conference coordinator Victoria Strang.
Catholic groups partnering with the coalition include the Diocese of Providence, the Rhode Island Lasallian Association Group, the Sisters of Mercy, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (RI), Christ the King Peace and Justice Committee and the Church of St. Michael the Archangel.