Homeless Rates Go Down in 2013, but Problem is Far From Over

RI Coalition for the Homeless to present annual report Wednesday.

(File Photo)
(File Photo)
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is about to announce their annual report on homelessness in the state, and for the first time in years, they finally have a sliver of good news to report.

The good news is that the number of homeless in Rhode Island is actually decreasing. 


Karen Jeffreys of the RI Coalition for the Homeless said a lot of it has to do with a major effort to house individuals. A total of 125 people chronically homeless people are either being housed or in the process of being houses directly from state funding.

"The good news is that the funding we advocated for in last year's legislative session is going to house approximately 125 of these more chronic homeless Rhode Islanders," Jeffreys said. "We are asking the Legislature to continue funding rental vouchers this year as this program has been proven to be incredibly successful and save the state money, too."

Also at the planned Wednesday press conference, representatives from the coalition will launch a new program, "State House Project Homeless Connect" which will connect homeless people to services they need.

"Our goal is to create connections with people that improve their quality of life and link them to permanent housing solutions," Jeffreys said.

But the data isn't all good. It shows that the most chronic homeless are staying in shelters for longer periods of time. These are mainly shelters that are meant for emergencies and short-term situations.

The press event is at 3:30 p.m. and will include several formerly homeless Rhode Islanders who have benefited from the rental voucher program passed by the General Assembly last session.
nagaer February 24, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Remember when the democrats used to look out for the average hard working Joe. Over the last few years the democrats have taken a sharp left turn. Now it seems like they are looking out for everyone but the average Joe. It's really sad and I used to be one of them.
Russell Archambault February 24, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Maxin February 25, 2014 at 05:41 AM
Dose it really matter if your and evil republican or and evil democrat. If you lable yourself with either party your joining and evil party. Hold no afilliation to any group and you are a real American. Joining a party is like becoming a gang member and we don't need them around here. Keep you parties I'm a Real American..
Maxin February 25, 2014 at 05:48 AM
Now about the homeless, I am for helping people that want to be help and are not looking for just a hand out. If we house then we should expect some form of reinbursment, in community service or some other way because nothing in life is free. We the people work hard for that voucher in your hand so do some good and help your fellow man.


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